Irish books roundup
Go green with your reading this month. Here are some new fiction and nonfiction releases about Ireland, the Irish and Irish-Americans. -- TOM BEER
DUBLIN DEAD, by Gerard O’Donovan (Scribner, $25) Detective Mike Mulcahy and reporter Siobhan Fallon return in this sequel to “The Priest,” by Irish crime writer O’Donovan.
THE EMERALD DIAMOND, by Charley Rosen (Harper, $25.99) A survey of Irishmen in baseball, from Connie Mack (born Cornelius McGillicuddy) to Mark McGwire. Among Rosen’s revelations: more than 40 percent of the game’s early players were Irish, and today the Irish make up the largest ethnic group in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
ON AN IRISH ISLAND, by Robert Kanigel (Alfred A. Knopf, $26.95) In 1953, the last inhabitants abandoned the Great Blasket, an island off the west coast of Ireland where Gaelic and traditional culture were kept alive. This is the story of that magical place and its confrontation with modernity.
THE STORY OF IRELAND, by Neil Hegarty (Thomas Dunne, $27.99) Originally published in Great Britain to accompany a BBC documentary, this book aims to move beyond the “Irish vs. English” paradigm of Irish history.
CITY OF BOHANE, by Kevin Barry (Graywolf, $25) This dystopic first novel by a young writer from County Sligo takes place 40 years in the future, as the fictional city of the title is riven by gang wars and challenges to the primacy of mob boss Logan Hartnett of the Hartnett Fancy gang.
THE IRISH WAY, by James R. Barrett (Penguin Press, $29.95) How did immigrants to these shores become Americans? Barrett argues that the Irish paved the way, and every subsequent ethnic group forged its identity through contact with the Irish in churches, saloons and precinct houses.