Thursday, March 17, 2011

A Novel Approach to St. Patrick's Day

You had to know it was coming: we're librarians, we read, and we know full well that beer is not supposed to be green. So how are your favorite librarians going to honor the Irish today? With our favorite current Irish nationals, of course!

Give one of these a shot:

Room by Emma Donogue
An emotionally gripping novel of five year old Jack and his Ma, who are very similar to most mothers and sons--except that they are prisoners in an 11x11 room.

Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
The Pulitzer Prize winning memoir of an immigrant from his childhood in Limerick through his journey to New York that took the world by storm--or rather by heart--when it was first published in 1996.

Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
If you weren't forced to read this play in high school, it's time to make up for lost time--the "tragicomedy in two acts" has long been considered a classic--and Irish poet writing in French about...what, exactly? If you've got any theories, we've love to know.

And now you have three great reasons to skip the pub crawls and the unnaturally colored food and bevarages of the season! Enjoy!

1 comment:

Jane said...

How about a mystery set in Ireland?

Collusion by Stuart Neville

Belfast's history of complicated allegiances, sectarian strife, violence and revenge killings rears its ugly head in today's post-boom Ireland. Tense, well written thriller.

Silver Swan by Benjamin Black

In 1950's Ireland, pathologist Garret Quirke delves into the past of Deirdre Hunt. Her husband claims she committed suicide. Did she, or, was she murdered? The investigation takes Quirke in surprising directions...

Faithful Place by Tan French

In 1985, 19 year old Frank Mackey and Rose Daly make plans to elope. Rose never shows up. Frank, believing himself jilted, leaves for England. 22 years later, Rose's suitcase is found in an abandoned house. What happened? Frank returns to find out. Suspenceful.