St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone, but if you’re not ready to let your Irish go dormant for the next 360 or so days, your friends at the (CPCL) have you covered.
Among the books on our shelves are a variety of works by Irish authors. Here are some of them…
Mythology and Folklore
The mythically inclined or fans of folklore, might enjoy Celtic Myths and Legends by T.W. Rolleston, a book that gives “an immensely readable introduction to [the legends and myths of Celtic people] and sets them in their proper historical perspective by surveying the history of the Celts from the Golden Age…to their downfall at the hands of the Roman Empire.”
The philosophers out there might want to check out Albert Schweitzer: An Anthology, a book that offers a collection of the thinker’s “sage-like writings” and forms “an organized pattern of commentary, criticism, and credo in the enduring aspects of life.” Or to put in other words, the book offers a wide selection of Schweitzer’s writings on topics ranging from truth, beauty, the dignity of the individual, religion, ethics, reverence for life, and more.
Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes won the Pulitzer Prize in 1997. If, like me, you’re one of the few people out there who’ve yet to read this widely popular book, you can get it here. (Don’t worry we’ve got a few copies.) We’ve also got Malachy McCourt’s (Frank’s brother) memoir, A Monk Swimming, a book that prompted one reviewer to say, “If you don’t like laughing, you’ll hate this book.”
We’ve also got best-selling author Maeve Binchy’s Evening Class, a book that tells “a moving tale of ordinary men and women whose quiet lives hide the most unexpected things.” Can you say, "story about a guy going through a midlife crisis who finds something that makes it all worth it in an evening Italian language class?" I can, but then again, I have the book in front of me. For those of you who are looking for something more existential, or experimental, or both, don’t miss Samuel Beckett’s More Pricks than Kicks and Stories and Texts for Nothing. The first offers stories on the “adventures, encounters, and amours” of the Belacqua, a student in Dublin in the 1920s. The second offers “vintage Beckett,”—“three longish stories and 13 vignettes” that “strip away all but the essential to arrive at a core of truth.” We also have his classic drama, Waiting for Godot.