Posts Tagged ‘Mary Beth Keane’

Book Reviews

Skin by E.M. Reapy Elizabeth Reapy’s Natalie is one of those characters who stays with you long after you’ve finished the book she occupies. If “occupies” is even the right word, given Natalie’s preoccupation with not taking up too much space in the world. Fixated on her body and her tendency to binge at timesRead 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..

Fathers of Influence

In honor of Father’s Day, a collection of remembrances from Irish and Irish-American daughters on their fathers, many of which came from Irish America interviews. ℘℘℘ Eileen Murray, co-chair of Bridgewater Associates   “My dad was in WWII, and Korea. He wanted to go to Vietnam, but did not. He felt that when the countryRead more..

Parkinson’s Disease:
My Father’s Strength

His physical strength was his currency, now it’s his patience and forbearance. On the afternoon before my college graduation in 1999, there was a ceremony for graduates who were getting department prizes. My father was a New York City tunnel worker (a “sandhog”) and at that time he was working on Roosevelt Island, a 20-minuteRead more..