Posts Tagged ‘Books’

What Are You Like?
Tom O’Neill

On the best advice he ever received, talking on plane rides, and being 20 years late on his book deadline! ℘℘℘ It took 20 years of intensive research, hundreds of interviews, missed deadlines, and publishers demanding their money back, but Tom O’Neill’s CHAOS: Charles Manson, the CIA and the Secret History of the Sixties isRead more..

What Are You Like? Writer Mary Beth Keane

On swanky hotels, Gráinne O’Malley’s tailor-made pirate outfits, and her own unusual hidden talent. ℘℘℘ Mary Beth Keane’s novel, Ask Again, Yes, is a lyrical, moving tale spanning 40 years about family, love, alcoholism and mental illness. Told with tenderness and empathy for the human condition, it is juxtaposed with just the right amount ofRead more..

Your Summer Reading List

MILKMAN Anna Burns A month after reading Milkman, Anna Burns’ Man Booker prize-winning novel, vivid scenes come unbidden into my head. You too will be haunted by this book, but it’s a must-read if you really want to understand what it was like to grow up in Northern Ireland during the Troubles. The action takesRead more..

Review of Books

Recently published books by Irish and Irish-American authors. ℘℘℘ In the Galway Silence  by Ken Bruen The Galway Tourist Office must just brace itself every time there’s a new book out by Ken Bruen. For every delight that Galway is known for, Bruen has the down-at-heel, dark-side alternative version. Quirky shops? Dead swans. Lovely pubs?Read more..

Book Notes

Anna Burns Wins Man Booker Prize Novelist Anna Burns won the 2018 Man Booker Prize for her third book, Milkman. Burns is the first writer from Northern Ireland to ever win the award, and the first woman since 2013 to do so. The experimental novel takes place in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, the armedRead more..

Mary Todd, Abraham Lincoln, and Their Irish Maids

An excerpt from Lincoln and the Irish: The Untold Story of How the Irish Helped Abraham Lincoln Save the Union, by Irish America publisher, Niall O’Dowd. ℘℘℘ Mary Todd Lincoln was of solid Irish stock. Mary’s paternal great-grandfather, David Levi Todd, was born in County Longford, Ireland, and came to America, via Pennsylvania, to Kentucky. Another great-grandfather, Andrew Porter, was also ofRead more..

How to Conquer Cravings

A new book by folk singer and author Judy Collins reveals all about her battle with food. ℘℘℘ Leonard Cohen is dead. Joni Mitchell is ailing. Judy Collins stands out in the crowd of ’60s folk artists as blooming. I recently caught her concert at the Metropolitan Museum – her skin glows, she wears high-heeledRead more..

Taunting Death with Malachy McCourt

There is something fitting about where Malachy McCourt is calling from as I speak to him about his dark and hilarious new book Death Need Not Be Fatal. McCourt is at a Manhattan rehabilitation facility, where he will spend the next few weeks recovering from a “severe attack” of gout. “I’m doing pretty good now,”Read more..

Portals to the Other World

This fall, a number of our most celebrated Irish American authors will launch books into heavy seas where Twitter storms and televised tantrums batter our attention, but after spending time at the Book Expo, the publishing industry’s lollapalooza in New York City this summer, I realized all will be well. I met with Jennifer Egan, Alice McDermott,Read more..

Dangerfield Lives!
The Ginger Man at 60

At 89, J.P. Donleavy celebrated 60 years of his best-selling cult-classic, The Ginger Man. At his countryside retreat near Mullingar, he spoke to Noel Shine about his extraordinary life and the novel that gave rise to his notoriety all those years ago. ℘℘℘ J.P. Donleavy first came to prominence at a time in the 20thRead more..