Libraries, St. Patrick's Day

Five Books to Brighten Your St. Patrick’s Day

There’s no shortage of brilliant Irish books, but they do often tend to be a wee bit dreary.  Maybe it’s the weather or the centuries of oppression.  So we’re sharing a few of our favorite stories set in Ireland that are a wee bit lighter.  These books are full of humor, magic, young love, and classic mystery.  So, grab a pint, put your feet up, and enjoy!

bookcoverBrooklyn: a novel by Colm Toibin 1955- – A moving, deeply satisfying read” (Entertainment Weekly) about a young Irish immigrant in Brooklyn in the early 1950s. “One of the most unforgettable characters in contemporary literature” ( Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ), Eilis Lacey has come of age in small-town Ireland in the hard years following World War Two. When an Irish priest from Brooklyn offers to sponsor Eilis in America, she decides she must go, leaving her fragile mother and her charismatic sister behind. Eilis finds work in a department store on Fulton Street, and when she least expects it, finds love. Tony, who loves the Dodgers and his big Italian family, slowly wins her over with patient charm. But just as Eilis begins to fall in love, devastating news from Ireland threatens the promise of her future.

bookcoverI5TGNFRU(eBook) Conversations with friends: A Novel by Sally Rooney –  Frances is a cool-headed and darkly observant young woman, vaguely pursuing a career in writing while studying in Dublin. Her best friend and comrade-in-arms is the beautiful and endlessly self-possessed Bobbi. At a local poetry performance one night, Frances and Bobbi catch the eye of Melissa, a well-known photographer, and the girls are  gradually drawn into Melissa’s world.   Conversations with Friends is wonderfully alive to the pleasures and dangers of youth, and the messy edges of female friendship.

bookcoverIW7Y1DZJBroken Harbor: a novel by Tana French – With her signature blend of police procedural and psychological thriller, French’s new novel goes full throttle with a heinous crime, creating her most complicated detective character and her best book yet.



The chisellers by Brendan O’Carroll -The Mrs. Browne trilogy became an instant bestselling success in author Brendan O’Carroll ‘s native Ireland.  Fans of Agnes Browne craving further hilarious and heartwarming adventures will be delighted with The Chisellers. Like all good Irish stories, The Chisellers includes a wedding and a funeral, much laughter and some tears–and it is sure to please newcomers as well as loyal fans of this terrific series.


bookcoverIO8DOKWNDark witch: Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy, Book 1 by Nora Roberts – An American searches for her Irish ancestors to learn more about her powers and break an ancient curse. From her maternal grandmother, she learned where to find both: a land of lush forests, dazzling lakes, and centuries-old legends. Ireland. County Mayo, to be exact.



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