Books to Read this Irish American Heritage Month
Did you know that March is Irish American Heritage Month? The Tower at Spring Creek Blog invites you to expand your knowledge of Ireland, Irish culture, and immigration to America from Ireland by reading one of these books at your apartment this month. Learning about other cultures is always a good idea, so start reading today!
Emigrants and Exiles: Ireland and the Irish Exodus to North America by Kerby A. Miller
Rich in human detail, penetrating in analysis, this book is social history on an epic scale. The first "transatlantic" history of the Irish, Emigrants and Exiles offers the fullest account yet of the diverse waves of Irish emigration to North America.
Brooklyn by Colm Toibin
Eilis Lacey has come of age in small-town Ireland in the years following World War Two. Though skilled at bookkeeping, she cannot find a job in the miserable Irish economy. When an Irish priest from Brooklyn offers to sponsor Eilis in America--to live and work in a Brooklyn neighborhood "just like Ireland"--she decides she must go, leaving her fragile mother and her charismatic sister behind.
Out of Ireland: The Story of Irish Emigration to America by Kerby A. Miller and Paul Wagner
This book tells the story of the millions of men and women who came out of Ireland to create a new life for themselves in America. This sweeping historical epic, spanning a period of two centuries, is poignantly told through the stories of several individual immigrants, using the actual letters they wrote to Ireland describing their experiences in the New World. Includes 110 riveting and rarely seen photos.
The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott
On a dim winter afternoon, a young Irish immigrant opens the gas taps in his Brooklyn tenement. He is determined to prove—to the subway bosses who have recently fired him, to his badgering, pregnant wife—“that the hours of his life belong to himself alone.” In the aftermath of the fire that follows, Sister St. Savior, an aging nun, appears, unbidden, to direct the way forward for his widow and his unborn child.
Do you have any book recommendations to share with us? Leave them in the comments so we can check them out. Have fun celebrating Irish American Heritage Month here in Garland, TX!