Travels in Ireland

Five journeys in a storied land.

 


 

Round Ireland with a Fridge

By Tony Hawks

 

To win a bet, English songwriter/comic Hawks hitchhikes his way through Ireland while lugging a small fridge. He and his fridge become media darlings and meet everybody from kings to a surfer who takes the fridge for a ride. It's an improbably charming story that throws open a window into a warm and hilarious world.

 

 


 

McCarthy's Bar: A Journey of Discovery in Ireland

By Pete McCarthy

 

McCarthy makes a thirst-quenching pilgrimage around the Emerald Isle, never passing a pub with his name on it without entering. Inside, he finds spellbinding storytellers, washed-up rock'n'rollers, tragic tales, author Frank McCourt, and an oral history of Ireland, all serving as delightful contrast to the tourist traps McCarthy tries (and sometimes fails) to avoid.

 

 


 

Around Ireland with a Pan: Food, Tales, and Recipes

By Éamonn Ó Catháin

 

Irish chef Ó Catháin won Best Local Cuisine cookbook from the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards for this book detailing Ireland's flourishing food culture, from its farmer's markets and organic meats to craft cheeses and 21st-century innovations. Ó Catháin smartly distills the evolution of Ireland's culinary culture and where it's headed.

 

 


 

Last of the Donkey Pilgrims

By Kevin O'Hara

 

O'Hara, an American Vietnam vet (and psychiatric nurse), travels to his mother's homeland and ventures 1,800 miles of its roads with a donkey and cart, discovering along the way new parts of himself, dozens of indelible characters, and a country struggling to separate itself from its own past.

 

 

 


 

The Aran Islands 

By J. M. Synge

 

Playwright Synge took the advice of his friend William Butler Yeats and spent a few summers hanging out in the myth-laden Aran Islands west of Galway. First published in 1907, his enthralling diaries reveal a world that was even then almost vanished -- women in petticoats and fishermen eking out a living from the sea, telling stories of fairies and enchanted gold.

 

April 16: ""Blue pottery vases and bowls for flowers are most attractive, and certain blue books...will repeat and emphasize color."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

advertisement
Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.

Dispute Over a Very Italian Piglet

Amara Lakhous delivers a mystery novel with its finger on the hot-button issues of today's Europe.  Immigration and multicultural conflicts erupt in the Italian city of Turin, as journalist Enzo Laganà looks to restore peace to his native burg.

Papers in the Wind

In this insightful novel by Eduardo Sacheri, a young girl left destitute by the death of her soccer-playing father is uplifted by the bold schemes of her uncle, his pals, and one newbie player to the professional leagues.