For the nonfiction lover we have Maureen Dezell’s Irish America: Coming into Clover. If you’ve ever wondered about the history of one of the earliest immigrant groups to the US, or perhaps your own ancestry if you are Irish-American, this is a great place to start. It traces Irish-American history and beliefs from the early days of immigration to today’s most famous Irish-Americans. Instructions on how you can win a copy follow the book blurb below. Good luck!
A dazzling and bracingly honest look at a great people in a great land.
For many people in this country, Irish American culture conjures up thoughts of raucous pubs, St. Patrick’s Day parades, memoirs peopled with an array of saints and sinners, and such quasi-Celtic extravaganzas as Riverdance. But there is much more to this rich and influential culture, as Maureen Dezell proves in this insightful, unsentimental reexamination of Irish American identity.
Skillfully weaving history and reporting, observation and opinion, Dezell traces the changing makeup of the Irish population in this country, from the early immigrants to today’s affluent, educated Irish Americans. With sensitivity and humor, she pinpoints what unites them: the traditions (if not the practices) of the Catholic Church; a sense of social duty; humor, often self-directed; and the deep-seated, apparently unshakable belief that any achievement is accidental and could easily be taken away tomorrow.
From her exploration of the Church in Irish American life to her rediscovery of strong, culture-building women, to her historical and sociological look at the role alcohol plays in the Irish identity (here and abroad), to her discussion on the “New Irish,” Dezell does not shy away from the central, uniting myths and methods of this proud heritage. Irish America is more than an enlightening look at a group of Americans masked by their own stereotypes. It is a long-overdue tribute to one of the building blocks of America itself.
One lucky winner will have the opportunity to win a hardcover copy of Irish America by Maureen Dezell! For your chance to win simply leave a comment below. Comments will be accepted through midnight on Wednesday, December 31, 2014. Winner will be picked at random and announced on Thursday, January 1, 2015. Open to US residents only. Good luck!