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From the Land of Saints and Scholars

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As the great, great granddaughter of an Irish Immigrant, my Irish roots run as deep as the emerald moss that grows upon the Wicklow mountains. It is estimated that over 33 million Americans can trace their heritage to Ireland and the great diaspora that took place in the 1800’s. It doesn’t take St. Patrick’s Day to send my heart back to the Emerald Isle, but with that celebratory day upon us, what better time to reconnect with your Irish roots by delving in to some Irish Literature? Here are just a few to enjoy while sipping a Guinness or a spot of tea.
Dubliners (Vintage Classics) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679739906
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Published: Vintage - April 6th, 1993

Joyce paints a portrait of Ireland and its fiercely independent, proud and hearty people in this collection of 15 stories outlining of the struggles, hopes and dreams of the resilient people of Ireland in the early 1900’s. Starkly honest and real, the sights and sounds, pain and pride of the Irish people’s lives come alive and will awaken you to the harsh realities of their existence.

Brooklyn: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781439148952
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Published: Scribner - March 2nd, 2010

Toibin brings to life the heartache and hope of the young Irish immigrant, Ellis, who bravely crosses the sea to start a new life and pursue the American Dream. Impeccably written, Brooklyn dives deep into the struggles of everyone coming of age, intensified by a young woman’s struggle in a new world, where she is both tied to her family and roots back in Ireland, and trying to break free into her new life.

Ireland is often referred to as the land of Saints and Scholars, and rightly so. The immense impact on civilization that the Irish have had throughout history is explored in this wonderfully accessible history of the Irish. From the fall of Rome to the rise of Medieval Europe, the Irish, on their small, green, isolated isle, played a monumental role in preserving western civilization.