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A Traveller's History of Ireland

A Traveller's History of Ireland

by Peter Neville

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

From the Celts to the Norman invasions to modern-day Ireland, this short history is highly recommended for those who would like a brief overview of the Emerald Isle through the centuries. (GBR39, $14.95)

For the Love of Ireland

For the Love of Ireland

by Susan Cahill

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 458 PAGES

Organized geographically, this rich anthology introduces Ireland through the words and lives of such luminaries as James Joyce, W.B. Yeats, Frank McCourt and Samuel Beckett. (IRE77, $15.95)

Eyewitness Guide Ireland

Eyewitness Guide Ireland

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 396 PAGES
  • COMING IN AUGUST

This superb guide is a wonderfully illustrated introduction to the country, featuring photographs, maps and short background essays on history and culture. (IRE02, $25.00)

Ireland Map

Ireland Map

by Michelin

  • 2013
  • MAP

A colorful map of Ireland at a scale of 1:400,000, featuring insets of the road approaches to major cities, as well as an index to cities, towns and villages. (IRE23, $12.95)

 
How the Irish Saved Civilization

How the Irish Saved Civilization


by Thomas Cahill

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 236 PAGES

This bestselling history tells the generally unknown story of Ireland's preservation of classical learning in the Dark Ages, revealing how the saints and scholars, monks and scribes labored to reproduce the important texts that spread as they evangelized Europe. (IRE07, $15.95)

In Search of Ancient Ireland

In Search of Ancient Ireland


by Leo Eaton | Carmel McCaffrey

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

This spirited, illustrated history, the companion to a PBS documentary series, traces the foundation, archaeology and legends of ancient Ireland from 9000 B.C. to 1167 A.D. with style and substance. (IRE222, $16.95)

Ireland, A Concise History

Ireland, A Concise History


by Maire O'Brien | Conor Cruise O'Brien

  • HISTORY
  • 1985
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

With its lively, even-handed tone and hundreds of photographs, this grand history by scholar and statesman O'Brien conveys the essence of the Irish experience. (IRE20, $19.95)

Magnum Ireland

Magnum Ireland


by John Banville

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2005
  • HARD COVER
  • 256 PAGES

This evocative collection of 250 photographs captures the people, landscapes and changing face of Ireland from the 1950s to the 21st century. (IRE170, $60.00)

The Aran Islands

The Aran Islands


by J.M. Synge | Tim Robinson

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

A much-loved turn-of-the-century account of the islands (as contrasted with mainland Ireland), drenched in the Celtic soul of the Irish. (IRE26, $15.00)

The Truth about the Irish

The Truth about the Irish


by Terry Eagleton

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 181 PAGES

An irreverent A-to-Z guide to all things Irish by a native son and shrewd comic commentator, who casts aside many myths, starting with the first entry - A for alcohol (the Irish have the lowest per capita consumption of alcohol in the E.U., after Greece and Italy). (IRE167, $16.99)

Walking

Walking


by Henry David Thoreau

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 92 PAGES

Slip this pocket edition of Thoreau's meditations on the spiritual benefits of this most civilized form of travel in your daypack for inspiration. (WLK04, $9.99)

Seafaring Women: Adventures of Pirate Queens, Female Stowaways, and Sailors' Wives

Seafaring Women: Adventures of Pirate Queens, Female Stowaways, and Sailors' Wives


by David Cordingly

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2007
  • PAPER

A fascinating survey of women who went to sea, as wives, crossdressing cabin boys or even lighthouse keepers, during the age of sail. (OCE94, $17.00)

An Innocent in Ireland, Curious Rambles and Singular Encounters

An Innocent in Ireland, Curious Rambles and Singular Encounters


by David W. McFadden

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

The determinedly eccentric Canadian poet and essayist McFadden abandons a more ambitious journey and simply walks the countryside, exploring modern day Irish character as well as Ireland's history. (IRE22, $18.95)

McCarthy's Bar, A Journey of Discovery in Ireland

McCarthy's Bar, A Journey of Discovery in Ireland


by Pete McCarthy

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

A droll account of McCarthy's encounters on a bar-hopping jaunt from Cork along the west coast to Donegal. His motto, assiduously followed, was never to pass up a bar with his name on it! (IRE168, $17.99)

Round Ireland With a Fridge

Round Ireland With a Fridge


by Tony Hawks

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

From Dublin to Donegal, from Sligo through Mayo to Galway, Clare, Kerry, Cork, Wexford and Wicklow, the English comic really does hitchhike his way around Ireland, on a bet, with an appliance (albeit a mini-fridge). Surprisingly, this deeply silly, thoroughly entertaining book also captures the warmth and spirit of the Irish. (IRE70, $15.99)

Dubliners

Dubliners


by James Joyce

  • LITERATURE
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 317 PAGES

James Joyce's unsurpassed collection of short stories depicting ordinary life in Dublin among the lower middle class -- a milestone in the history of prose fiction. (IRE15, $11.00)

Irish Fairy and Folk Tales

Irish Fairy and Folk Tales


by W.B. Yeats

  • LITERATURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 380 PAGES

Edited by the Nobel Prize-winning poet who spearheaded the Celtic Renaissance in the early 20th century, these enchanting stories introduce a cast of changelings, ghosts, mermaids, demons, saints, priests and fairies. (IRE04, $16.00)

The Hill Bachelors

The Hill Bachelors


by William Trevor

  • LITERATURE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

No one writes better short fiction than William Trevor. This collection of 12 stories captures the life and people of rural Ireland. (IRE42, $15.00)

The Teapots Are Out and Other Eccentric Tales from Ireland

The Teapots Are Out and Other Eccentric Tales from Ireland


by John B. Keane

  • LITERATURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

A collection of 17 sentimental, sad, outrageous and just plain fun stories by the prolific North Kerry saloon-keeper, balladeer, playwright and novelist. Keane, who died in 2002, had an eye (and ear) for Irish rural life. (IRE144, $13.95)

Troubles

Troubles


by J.G. Farrell

  • LITERATURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 459 PAGES

Set on the eve of the Irish Rebellion, this first novel in Farrell's remarkable series illuminates the British Empire's decline in Ireland to hilarious, haunting effect. Winner of the Lost Man Booker Prize. (IRE171, $16.95)

Wild Decembers

Wild Decembers


by Edna O'Brien

  • LITERATURE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

A haunting novel of clan enmities and forbidden love in rural Ireland. Few writers have as sure a sense of place as Edna O'Brien, whose lyrical prose builds inevitably toward final tragedy. (IRE94, $13.95)

Birds of Europe

Birds of Europe


by Lars Svensson

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Featuring 3,500 glorious paintings by Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterstrom, the second edition of this exquisite guide has been updated with revised text and maps. (FG47, $29.95)

Birds of Ireland, An Introduction to Familiar Species

Birds of Ireland, An Introduction to Familiar Species


by James Kavanagh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2007
  • PLASTIC CARD

A fold-up, laminated card featuring color drawings and short descriptions of commonly encountered Ireland birds. (IRE245, $6.95)

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