And most happy upcoming St. Patrick’s Day, fellow readers! Celebrate safely, if not overly wisely, this Sunday. As oft happens here in the central mountains of Idaho, there is a St. Patrick’s Day storm predicted, with wind, snow and drifting. If you care to hunker down with some corned beef and a good book at home, we have some strong new works on Eire–The Course of Irish History edited by T. W. Moody and F. X. Martin, andAll standing : the remarkable story of the Jeanie Johnston, the legendary Irish famine ship by Kathryn Miles. The latter is a remarkable story about the only “coffin ship” to never lose a passenger during the great emigration from the Famine. The graves are walking : the great famine and the saga of the Irish people by John Kelly takes a new look at the Irish Potato Famine.
Stories of Irish immigrants have fueled some popular new fiction–May the Road Rise up to Meet You by Peter Troy, The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye, and Black Irish by Stephen Talty. Or, if you prefer your Irish straight, no chaser, you can delve into Frank Delany’s line by line podcasts deconstructing James Joyce’s Ulysses on RSS feed or Itunes, and re-Joyce!
Joyce is waiting for the right reader in our stacks @ The Community Library–welcome Irish friends!