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A MEMOIR OF DUBLIN IN THE 1950S
Written by MARTHA LONG

Format: Hardcover, 480 pages

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

On Sale: 11/13/2012

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-1-609-80414-5

When Martha Long’s feckless mother hooks up with the Jackser (“that bandy aul bastard”), and starts having more babies, the abuse and poverty in the house grow more acute. Martha is regularly sent out to beg and more often steal, and her wiles (as a child of 7, 8) are often the only thing keeping food on the table. Jackser is a master of paranoid anger and outburst, keeping the children in an unheated tenement, unable to go to school, at the ready for his unpredictable rages. Then Martha is...

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Written by JAMES JOYCE
Introduction by JOHN BANVILLE

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: Modern Library

On Sale: 08/14/2012

Price: $11.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98301-2

Introduction by John Banville
 
James Joyce was the singular figure of modernism, and to this day his grand vision looms large over contemporary literature and the entire Western canon. His stylistic innovations were revolutionary, yet nowhere is Joyce more accessible than in this volume of short stories, a brilliant collection that celebrates, critiques, and immortalizes the place that Joyce knew better than anyone else: Dublin. From the young boy encountering death in the opening story,...

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A SMITHSONIAN NATURAL HISTORY
Written by MICHAEL VINEY

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages

Publisher: Smithsonian Books

On Sale: 07/06/2010

Price: $24.95

ISBN: 978-1-588-34294-2

Ireland conjures up images of nature’s majesty: sweeping coastlines, rolling green hills, and secluded peat bogs and marshlands. A place of legendary beauty, it is also a land with a rich natural history. Michael Viney invites us to discover the geologic forces that created the island, peer into the famous bone caves that hold unique clues about animals from long ago, and experience the dramatic scenes of the cliff-lined coast and tempestuous seas.

Viney begins deep in the past, when rivers...

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Written by TIM ROBINSON
Introduction by ROBERT MACFARLANE

Format: Trade Paperback, 316 pages

Publisher: NYRB Classics

On Sale: 08/05/2008

Price: $22.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-17277-3

The Aran Islands, in Galway Bay off the west coast of Ireland, are a unique geological and cultural landscape, and for centuries their stark beauty and their inhabitants’ traditional way of life have attracted pilgrims from abroad. The Aran Islands, in Galway Bay off the west coast of Ireland, are a unique geological and cultural landscape, and for centuries their stark beauty and their inhabitants’ traditional way of life have attracted pilgrims from abroad. After a visit with his wife in...

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BOXING'S BRAINIEST CHAMP AND HIS UPSET OF THE GREAT JACK DEMPSEY
Written by JACK CAVANAUGH

Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages

Publisher: Ballantine Books

On Sale: 10/30/2007

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-0-812-96783-8

Among the legendary athletes of the 1920s, the unquestioned halcyon days of sports, stands Gene Tunney, the boxer who upset Jack Dempsey in spectacular fashion, notched a 77—1 record as a prizefighter, and later avenged his sole setback (to a fearless and highly unorthodox fighter named Harry Greb). Yet within a few years of retiring from the ring, Tunney willingly receded into the background, renouncing the image of jock celebrity that became the stock in trade of so many of his...

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