About a month after Mardi Gras, as the Calendar of Saints turns, we alight upon the feast day of St. Patrick where upon we are free to imbibe all of the green beer we can get our hands on (and unsurprisingly it is quite a lot). St. Patrick’s feast day falls on March 17th, his death date, and commemorates both St. Patrick himself and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. The day also stands to celebrate Irish culture and heritage in general. Many parades and festivals are held and Lenten sacrifices are lifted for the day (thus the popularity of green beer – drinking is banned during Lent). The Irish are a lively and interesting people with a long and deep literary culture. Here are a few books by and about the Irish:
Explore Patrick’s place in history, the spread of Christianity beyond the Roman Empire, how Patrick first came to Ireland, the influence of the earlier Palladius on Patrick’s work, political and social conditions at that time, and the spiritual battles with the Druids.$4.99ISBN: 9780448448527Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Grosset & Dunlap - January 22nd, 2009
It's the night before St. Patrick's Day, and Tim and Maureen are wide awake setting traps to catch a leprechaun! When they wake the next morning to the sound of their dad playing the bagpipes and the smell of their mom cooking green eggs, they're shocked to find that they've actually caught a leprechaun. But will they be able to find his pot of gold?$7.99ISBN: 9780823411733Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Holiday House - January 1st, 1994
Every year on March 17th, people all over the world celebrate St. Patrick's Day!
In this bright picture book, nonfiction master Gail Gibbons tells you everything you need to know about this holiday. You'll learn the story of Patrick's life, legends about the saint, and the history of the holiday.$5.99ISBN: 9780375856518Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Random House Books for Young Readers - January 24th, 2012
The #1 bestselling chapter book series of all time celebrates 25 years with new covers and a new, easy-to-use numbering system!$6.99ISBN: 9780375860096Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Random House Books for Young Readers - January 12th, 2010
The #1 bestselling chapter book series of all time celebrates 25 years with new covers and a new, easy-to-use numbering system! Getting the facts behind the fiction has never looked better.
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$17.00ISBN: 9780385418492Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Anchor - February 1st, 1996
The perfect St. Patrick's Day gift, and a book in the best tradition of popular history -- the untold story of Ireland's role in maintaining Western culture while the Dark Ages settled on Europe.$17.00ISBN: 9780679722762Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Vintage - June 16th, 1990
This revised volume follows the complete unabridged text as corrected in 1961. Contains the original foreword by the author and the historic court ruling to remove the federal ban. It also contains page references to the first American edition of 1934.$22.99ISBN: 9780765336804Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Tor Books - February 4th, 2014
The Danu. The "little people." Everyone who is Irish knows of this mystical race. Many doubt they ever existed. However, there are as many today who claim that they are still among us. What if the Danu were not myth but were based on historical evidence?Email or call for priceISBN: 9781612389745Availability: Out of PrintPublished: Avalon Travel Publishing - December 9th, 2014
You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in Ireland.$17.00ISBN: 9780684842677Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Scribner - May 25th, 1999
A Pulitzer Prize–winning, #1 New York Times bestseller, Angela’s Ashes is Frank McCourt’s masterful memoir of his childhood in Ireland.
“When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I managed to survive at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while.$16.00ISBN: 9780143035091Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Penguin Books - September 8th, 2005
Praised as a “master storyteller” (The Wall Street Journal) and hailed for his “flawless use of language” (Boston Herald), Irish author and playwright Sebastian Barry has created a powerful new novel about divided loyalties and the realities of war.$17.99ISBN: 9780316122719Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Back Bay Books - May 6th, 2014
"Country Girl is Edna O'Brien's exquisite account of her dashing, barrier-busting, up-and-down life."--National Public Radio$17.00ISBN: 9780143113492Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Penguin Books - May 27th, 2008
The bestselling debut, with over a million copies sold, that launched Tana French, author of The Witch Elm and “the most important crime novelist to emerge in the past 10 years” (The Washington Post).$15.95ISBN: 9780679721741Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Vintage - July 17th, 1989
In the first volume of the Barrytown Trilogy, Roddy Doyle, winner of the Booker Prize for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, introduces The Commitments, a group of fame-starved, working-class Irish youths with a paradoxical passion for the music of Sam Cooke and Otis Redding and a mission—to bring Soul to Dublin.$18.00ISBN: 9780143107453Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Penguin Classics - May 27th, 2014
For the centennial of its original publication, an irresistible Deluxe Edition of one of the most beloved books of the 20th century—featuring a foreword by Colum McCann, the bestselling author of Let the Great World Spin and TransAtlantic$18.00ISBN: 9780385341813Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Dell - May 29th, 2007
Ria lived on Tara Road in Dublin with her dashing husband, Danny, and their two children. She fully believed she was happily married, right up until the day Danny told her he was leaving her to be with his young, pregnant girlfriend. By a chance phone call, Ria meets Marilyn, a woman from New England unable to come to terms with her only son's death and now separated from her husband.Email or call for priceISBN: 9780765368256Availability: Special OrderPublished: Forge Books - January 3rd, 2012
Patrick Taylor first charmed readers with An Irish Country Doctor, a warm and enchanting novel in the tradition of James Herriot and Jan Karon. Now Taylor returns to the colorful Northern Ireland community of Ballybucklebo, where there's always something brewing beneath the village's deceptively sleepy surface.Email or call for priceISBN: 9780778316466Availability: Special OrderPublished: Mira Books - August 26th, 2014
www.SusanWiggs.com#1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs sweeps readers away to the misty coast of Ireland in an irresistible tale of falling in love with the enemy...Email or call for priceISBN: 9780373281510Availability: Out of PrintPublished: Silhouette Books - August 30th, 2011Irish RebelEmail or call for priceISBN: 9780373281503Availability: Hard to FindPublished: Silhouette Books - June 28th, 2011IRISH THOROUGHBRED Irish lass Adelia Cunnane had entered a fairy tale Working at the world-renowned Royal Meadows stables was a dream come true. She was determined to prove her worth, especially to the stables' owner--the very opinionated and ruggedly handsome Travis Grant. Princesses weren't the only ones who could have a happily-ever-after