"The Immortal Irishman" by Timothy Egan

"The Immortal Irishman" by Timothy Egan Credit: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

THE IMMORTAL IRISHMAN: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero, by Timothy Egan. Thomas Francis Meagher, little known today, was once the “most famous Irishman in America.” Banished from Ireland after a failed uprising, he escaped a Tasmanian prison camp and came to America, where he spoke out against the anti-immigrant Know Nothing party and won glory during the Civil War. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $28)

HALF A LIFELONG ROMANCE, by Eileen Chang. Novelist Chang, born in China in 1920, fled the Communists in 1952 and came to the United States. This novel, originally serialized in China in 1950, is translated into English for the first time: the story of star-crossed lovers in 1930s and ’40s Shanghai, kept apart by societal taboos and the scheming of their families. (Vintage, $16 paper)

BULLIES: A Friendship, by Alex Abramovich. Growing up in Huntington Station in the ’80s, Abramovich was picked on by Trevor Latham. Decades later, he came across his former bully, now leading a rough-and-tumble life as the president of a motorcycle club in Oakland, California. “Bullies” is a portrait of that subculture and the unlikely friendship between these former adversaries. (Henry Holt, $26)

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