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14 Featured Titles

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A Farther Shore
Ireland's Long Road to Peace
Written by Gerry Adams

Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 8, 2005
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-76012-9 (0-375-76012-1)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams remains resolute in his belief that peace is the only viable option for the Irish people. Adams led the oldest revolutionary movement in Ireland on an extraordinary journey from armed insurrection to active participation in government. Now he tells the story of the tumultuous series of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Fine Place to Daydream
Racehorses, Romance, and the Irish
Written by Bill Barich

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 13, 2007
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7809-7 (1-4000-7809-1)

Twenty-five years after Laughing in the Hills, his racetrack classic, Bill Barich tells the story of how he fell in love and found a new life in Dublin, where he was soon caught up in the Irish obsession with horses and luck. Barich travels his adopted country and meets the leading... Read more >

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How the Irish Saved Civilization

Written by Thomas Cahill

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 1, 1996
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-41849-2 (0-385-41849-3)

From the fall of Rome to the rise of Charlemagne—the “Dark Ages”—learning, scholarship, and culture all but vanished from the European continent. Thomas Cahill brings this pivotal era vibrantly back to life. He argues that had it not been for the holy men and women of unconquered Ireland, the great heritage... Read more >

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Boxing's Brainiest Champ and His Upset of the Great Jack Dempsey
Written by Jack Cavanaugh

Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: October 30, 2007
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6783-8 (0-8129-6783-6)

Among the legendary athletes of the 1920s, the unquestioned halcyon days of sports, stands Gene Tunney, the boxer who upset Jack Dempsey in spectacular fashion, notched a 77—1 record as a prizefighter, and later avenged his sole setback (to a fearless and highly unorthodox fighter named Harry Greb). Yet within a... Read more >
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Irish America
Coming Into Clover
Written by Maureen Dezell

Format: Trade Paperback, 276 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 5, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49596-7 (0-385-49596-X)

A dazzling and bracingly honest look at a great people in a great land.

For many people in this country, Irish American culture conjures up thoughts of raucous pubs, St. Patrick's Day parades, memoirs peopled with an array of saints and sinners, and such quasi-Celtic extravaganzas as Riverdance. But there is much... Read more >

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On an Irish Island
The Lost World of the Great Blasket
Written by Robert Kanigel

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 26, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38987-9 (0-307-38987-1)

On an Irish Island tells the remarkable story of a remote outpost nearly untouched by time in the first half of the twentieth century, and of the adventurous men and women who visited and were inspired by it.

In a love letter to a vanished way of life, Robert Kanigel brings to... Read more >
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The Great Shame
And the Triumph of the Irish in the English-Speaking World
Written by Thomas Keneally

Format: Trade Paperback, 768 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 12, 2000
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72026-7 (0-385-72026-2)

In the 19th century, the Irish population was reduced by half. The Great Shame traces the three causes of this depletion: the famine, the emigrations, and the transportations to Australia. Based on unique research among little-used sources, this book traces 80 years of Irish history, told through the intimate lens of... Read more >
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Ma, He Sold Me for a Few Cigarettes
A Memoir of Dublin in the 1950s
Written by Martha Long

Format: Hardcover, 480 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 13, 2012
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-414-5 (1-60980-414-7)

When Martha Long’s feckless mother hooks up with the Jackser (“that bandy aul bastard”), and starts having more babies, the abuse and poverty in the house grow more acute. Martha is regularly sent out to beg and more often steal, and her wiles (as a child of 7, 8) are often... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Wars of the Irish Kings
A Thousand Years of Struggle, from the Age of Myth through the Reign of Queen Elizabeth I
Written by David W. McCullough

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: February 26, 2002
Price: $25.99
ISBN: 978-0-609-80907-5 (0-609-80907-5)

For the first thousand years of its history, Ireland was shaped by its wars. Beginning with the legends of ancient battles and warriors, Wars of the Irish Kings moves through a time when history and storytelling were equally prized, into the age when history was as much propaganda as fact. This... Read more >
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Stones of Aran: Labyrinth

Written by Tim Robinson
Introduction by John Elder

Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: September 8, 2009
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-314-5 (1-59017-314-7)

Pilgrimage, the first volume of Tim Robinson’s extraordinary account of walking and mapping çirann–the largest of the Aran islands off the west coast of Ireland–describes his circuit of the island’s coast. At the end of that book, he turns to the interior of çirann, noting that “for a book to stand... Read more >

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Stones of Aran: Pilgrimage

Written by Tim Robinson
Introduction by Robert Macfarlane

Format: Trade Paperback, 316 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: August 5, 2008
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-277-3 (1-59017-277-9)

The Aran Islands, in Galway Bay off the west coast of Ireland, are a unique geological and cultural landscape, and for centuries their stark beauty and their inhabitants’ traditional way of life have attracted pilgrims from abroad. The Aran Islands, in Galway Bay off the west coast of Ireland, are a... Read more >

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The Spinning Heart
A Novel
Written by Donal Ryan

Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Steerforth
On Sale: February 25, 2014
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-58642-224-0 (1-58642-224-3)

Winner - The Guardian First Book Award

Winner of two Irish Book Awards - Newcomer of The Year and Book of The Year

In the aftermath of Ireland’s financial collapse, dangerous tensions surface in an Irish town. As violence flares, the characters face a battle between public persona and inner desires. Through a chorus... Read more >
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The Brendan Voyage

Written by Tim Severin
Introduction by Malachy McCourt

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 4, 2000
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75524-8 (0-375-75524-1)

Could an Irish monk in the sixth century really have sailed all the way across the Atlantic in a small open boat, thus beating Columbus to the New World by almost a thousand years? Relying on the medieval text of St. Brendan, award-winning adventure writer Tim Severin painstakingly researched and built... Read more >

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A Smithsonian Natural History
Written by Michael Viney

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-294-2 (1-58834-294-8)

Ireland conjures up images of nature’s majesty: sweeping coastlines, rolling green hills, and secluded peat bogs and marshlands. A place of legendary beauty, it is also a land with a rich natural history. Michael Viney invites us to discover the geologic forces that created the island, peer into the famous bone... Read more >
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