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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, $17.00)

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)

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)

Eyewitness Guide Ireland

Eyewitness Guide Ireland

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 396 PAGES

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)

 
Fifty Places to Bike Before You Die

Fifty Places to Bike Before You Die


by Chris Santella

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 224 PAGES

Santella showcases a wide variety of expertly selected places to bike, from the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia and the Indochina Trail in Vietnam to the urban jungle of New York City. (BCY37, $24.95)

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)

Just Ride, A Radically Practical Guide to Riding Your Bike

Just Ride, A Radically Practical Guide to Riding Your Bike


by Grant Petersen

  • SPORT
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 212 PAGES

Bicycle commuter, reformed racer and proprietor of Rivendell Bicycle Works in Walnut Creek California, Grant Petersen covers equipment, health, safety and attitude in 87 short and illustrated, often provocative essays. (BCY22, $13.95)

Luck and the Irish, A Brief History of Change 1970-2000

Luck and the Irish, A Brief History of Change 1970-2000


by Roy Foster

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • HARD COVER
  • 288 PAGES

Foster takes in the sweep of contemporary Irish popular culture, music, literature and politics in this short personal book, originally delivered as the Wiles Lectures in Belfast in 2004. (IRE237, $35.00)

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)

Malachy McCourt's History of Ireland

Malachy McCourt's History of Ireland


by Malachy McCourt

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 413 PAGES

Rich in anecdote and biography, McCourt may not break new ground but he sure knows how to tell a tale in this entertaining history of the Emerald Isle from Pict and Celtic origins to Yeats, Joyce, Beckett and Bono. (IRE233, $17.00)

Modern Ireland, A Very Short Introduction

Modern Ireland, A Very Short Introduction


by Senia Paseta

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 184 PAGES
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A remarkably concise, provocative history in the well-regarded series, touching on the major aspects of Irish history, politics, and society in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. (IRE195, $11.95)

Most Beautiful Villages of Ireland

Most Beautiful Villages of Ireland


by Hugh Palmer | Christopher Fitz-Simon

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 200 PAGES

With hundreds of color photographs, this illustrated portrait of Ireland, its landscape, architecture and people includes maps and a travel guide. (IRE136, $26.95)

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)

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)

Dingle Peggy

Dingle Peggy


by Hilary Bradt

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 140 PAGES

The promised second book following last year's Connemara Mollie, Hilary Bradt and her new pony Peggy traipse the coastal mountains, beaches and rural hinterland in counties Limerick, Kerry, Cork, Waterford and Tipperary, capturing brilliantly the landscapes, culture and traditions of west Ireland of decades ago. (IRE328, $16.99)

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, $16.99)

The Irish Way, A Walk Through Ireland's Past and Present

The Irish Way, A Walk Through Ireland's Past and Present


by Robert Emmett Ginna

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 298 PAGES

Ginna weaves history and anecdote into a spirited, remarkably informed account of his 350-mile ramble down Ireland's central spine. (IRE178, $18.95)

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)

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 Reader's Companion to Ireland

The Reader's Companion to Ireland


by Alan Ryan

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

A wonderful collection of stories and excerpts from classic and modern authors such as Eric Newby, Jan Morris, Heinrich Boll and Paul Theroux. (IRE41, $23.95)

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)

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