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March 2016 Destination of the Month: Ireland

Welcome to the first installment of a new regular feature here at Island Books, Destination of the Month. Every thirty days or so we'll be highlighting books that refer to different countries, geared for travelers of both the actual and the armchair variety. We'll be sharing favorite guidebooks, histories, travelogues, art books, and works of fiction either from or about the places in question, great reads that can enhance a vacation or inspire one--even if only in the imagination.

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, this month's featured destination is Ireland. We've written in the past about its great literary tradition, but here's an all-new selection of books that capture the spirit of the Emerald Isle.

To browse other Destinations of the Month, go here.

Maeve Brennan: Homesick at the New Yorker Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781619027152
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - February 9th, 2016

A brilliant biography of the esteemed (and photogenic) Irish expat who helped make the New Yorker magazine legendary.
 


The Rose Garden: Short Stories Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781582431192
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - March 28th, 2001

Even as a New Yorker, Maeve Brennan never forgot her roots, and her short stories about her homeland are as authentically Irish as can be.


Ireland: A Novel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780061244438
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 5th, 2008

A sprawling fictional journey through a thousand years of Irish history that will please almost any reader, especially fans of Ken Follett-style sagas.


A Few of the Girls: Stories Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781101947418
Availability: Special Order
Published: Knopf - March 2016

The final fictional record left by one of Ireland's most beloved bards.


Lonely Planet Ireland Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781743216866
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Lonely Planet - March 15th, 2016

Whether you're just beginning to ponder a trip or ready to board the plane, you'll want to know all about where you're going.


A Brief History of Ireland Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780762439904
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Published: Running Press Adult - January 24th, 2012

A great pocket summary of the past that will clue travelers in to the culture and context of Ireland.


Round Ireland with a Fridge Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780312274924
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - March 7th, 2001

One of the funniest travel memoirs we know, it can't help but ease your journey.


McCarthy's Bar: A Journey of Discovery In Ireland Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780312311339
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - March 3rd, 2003

No trip to Ireland is complete without a visit to a classic Irish bar, and McCarthy's travel memoir has readers amply covered. It's also a great exploration of the search so many have made for their Irish ancestry.


Making Babies: Stumbling Into Motherhood Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393338287
Availability: Backordered
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 29th, 2013

A hilarious and poignant look at parenting from one of modern Ireland's best writers, the Booker Prize-winner Anne Enright.


Balcony of Europe Cover Image
By Aidan Higgins, Neil Murphy (Editor)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781564785381
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Published: Dalkey Archive Press - January 2010

Ireland's literary heritage includes everything from folk tales to the experimental Modernism of giants such as Beckett and Joyce. The fiction of Aidan Higgins ably carries on the latter tradition.


The Dirty Dust: Cre Na Cille Cover Image
By Mairtin O. Cadhain, Alan Titley (Translator)
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ISBN: 9780300198492
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Yale University Press - March 24th, 2015

One of the few great fictional works to be translated out of the Irish language.


Ireland: In Word and Image: In Word and Image Cover Image
By Jay Ben Adlersberg (Photographs by)
$60.00
ISBN: 9781599621258
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Welcome Books - October 22nd, 2013

A stunning presentation of the many beauties to be found in the land of saints and scholars.


Stones of Aran: Pilgrimage Cover Image
By Tim Robinson, Robert Macfarlane (Introduction by)
$22.95
ISBN: 9781590172773
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Published: NYRB Classics - August 5th, 2008

A loving, painstaking exploration of one of the remoter corners of Ireland, Tim Robinson's remarkable book offers limitless reward to the patient reader.


In the Company of Others (A Mitford Novel #11) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143119913
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - August 30th, 2011

A delightful novel that wraps you up as snugly as a kettle in a tea cozy.


In the Woods: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143113492
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Published: Penguin Books - May 27th, 2008

For a grittier, contemporary view of Dublin, you can't beat Tana French's thrillers.