Book Club

­

Walking with Ghosts by Gabriel Byrne

Walking with Ghosts by Gabriel Byrne

As a young boy growing up in the outskirts of Dublin, Gabriel Byrne sought refuge in a world of imagination among the fields and hills near his home, at the edge of a rapidly encroaching city. Born to working class parents and the eldest of six children, he harbored a childhood […]

May 24th, 2022|Tags: , , |

Belfast Girls by Jaki McCarrick

Belfast Girls by Jaki McCarrick

Escaping the Irish famine in 1850 five young women seek passage on a ship to Australia. For many of the ‘orphan girls’ on board, the voyage offers a fresh start. But some girls find they cannot escape the memory of the lives they’ve left behind – and that the closer they get […]

April 26th, 2022|Tags: , , |

A Ghost in the Throat by Doireann Ní Ghríofa

A Ghost in the Throat by Doireann Ní Ghríofa

A true original. In this stunningly unusual prose debut, Doireann Ni Ghriofa sculpts essay and autofiction to explore inner life and the deep connection felt between two writers centuries apart. In the 1700s, an Irish noblewoman, on discovering her husband has been murdered, drinks handfuls of his blood […]

March 22nd, 2022|Tags: , , |

In the Shelter: Finding a Home in the World by Pádraig Ó Tuama

In the Shelter: Finding a Home in the World by Pádraig Ó Tuama

There’s an old Irish proverb: ‘It is in the shelter of each other that the people live’. In this book much-loved poet, storyteller, theologian and speaker Pádraig Ó Tuama applies ideas of shelter and welcome to journeys of life, using poetry, story, biblical reflection […]

February 22nd, 2022|Tags: , , |

Milkman by Anna Burns

Milkman by Anna Burns

In this unnamed city, to be interesting is dangerous. Middle sister, our protagonist, is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her maybe-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with Milkman. But when first brother-in-law sniffs out her struggle, and rumours start to swell, middle sister becomes ‘interesting’. […]

January 25th, 2022|Tags: , , |

The Story We Carry in Our Bones by Juliene Osborne-McKnight

The Story We Carry in Our Bones: Irish History for Americans by Juliene Osborne-McKnight

From 3800 B.C. to the twentieth century, this comprehensive history examines the course of Irish-Americans. Celtic legends, the evolution of Christianity, the coming of the Vikings, and the time of the Tudors are just some of the topics covered in these pages. Juilene […]

November 30th, 2021|Tags: , , |

The Guest List by Lucy Foley

The Guest List by Lucy Foley

A wedding celebration turns dark and deadly in this deliciously wicked and atmospheric thriller reminiscent of Agatha Christie from the New York Times bestselling author of The Hunting Party.

The bride – The plus one – The best man – The wedding planner – The bridesmaid – The body

On an island […]

October 26th, 2021|Tags: , , |

Apeirogon by Colum McCann

Apeirogon by Colum McCann

From the National Book Award–winning and bestselling author of Let the Great World Spin comes an epic novel rooted in the unlikely real-life friendship between two fathers.

Bassam Aramin is Palestinian. Rami Elhanan is Israeli. They inhabit a world of conflict that colors every aspect of their lives, from the roads they are […]

September 28th, 2021|Tags: , , |

Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney

Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney

Frances is a coolheaded and darkly observant young woman, vaguely pursuing a career in writing while studying in Dublin. Her best friend is the beautiful and endlessly self-possessed Bobbi. At a local poetry performance one night, they meet a well-known photographer, and as the girls are then gradually drawn into […]

August 24th, 2021|Tags: , , |

Amongst Women by John McGahern

Booker Prize shortlist (1990)
Guinness Peat Aviation Award (1990)- The judge for that year was John Updike.
The Irish Times/Aer Lingus Literary Award (1991)

The novel is set in County Leitrim in the rural midlands of Republic of Ireland. The story spans a period of twenty years in the middle of the twentieth century. It centres on Michael Moran, […]

May 25th, 2021|Tags: , , , |

Constellations: Reflections from Life by Sinéad Gleeson

“These brilliant essays read as if Gleeson has made a vow to her readers to illuminate what it means to live in a human body–for better or for worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health–all the days of her life. Come for the dark jokes and existential dread. Stay for the beauty […]

April 27th, 2021|Tags: , , , , |

Leabhar na hAthghabhála: Poems of Repossession, ed. Louis de Paor

This is the first comprehensive critical anthology of modern poetry in Irish with English translations. It forms a sequel to Seán Ó Tuama and Thomas Kinsella’s pioneering anthology, An Duanaire 1600-1900 / Poems of the Dispossessed (1981), but features many more poems in covering the work of 26 poets from the 20th century. It includes […]

March 23rd, 2021|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Ferryman by Jez Butterworth

“A richly absorbing and emotionally abundant play…An instant classic.” –Independent
“A mighty affair, sending stories, characters, history, politics and love skittering across the floor with the flair of a gambler rolling dice. It’s a stunning piece of writing: teeming with life; haunted by death…Butterworth takes the great family drama and makes it his own.” –Financial Times
“An […]

February 23rd, 2021|Tags: , |

Eggshells by Catriona Lally

Irish Book of the Year Finalist!
An Amazon Best Books of the Year So Far pick!

A whimsical, touching debut about loneliness, friendship and hope…
Vivian doesn’t feel like she fits in – and never has. As a child, she was so whimsical that her parents told her she was “left by fairies.” Now, living alone in Dublin, […]

January 26th, 2021|Tags: , |

Last Stories by William Trevor

With a career that spanned more than half a century, William Trevor is regarded as one of the best writers of short stories in the English language. Now, in Last Stories, the master storyteller delivers ten exquisitely rendered tales-nine of which have never been published in book form-that illuminate the human condition and will surely […]

November 24th, 2020|Tags: , |

Unraveling Oliver by Liz Nugent

“Searing, searching, finally scorching. Think Making a Murderer via Patricia Highsmith: an elegant kaleidoscope novel that refines and combines multiple perspectives until its subject is brought into indelible, tragic focus.” –A. J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window
“Pitch-black and superbly written.” –Ruth Ware, New York Times bestselling author […]

October 27th, 2020|Tags: , , , |

Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe

WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FOR NONFICTION
A NEW YORK TIMES TOP TEN BOOK OF THE YEAR
LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD
WINNER OF THE ORWELL PRIZE
BEST NONFICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR – TIME MAGAZINE
A WASHINGTON POST TOP TEN BOOK OF THE YEAR
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Named a best book of the year by The […]

September 22nd, 2020|Tags: , , , , |

Normal People by Sally Rooney

NOW A HULU ORIGINAL SERIES – NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER – “A stunning novel about the transformative power of relationships” (People) from the author of Conversations with Friends, “a master of the literary page-turner” (J. Courtney Sullivan).

ONE OF THE TEN BEST NOVELS OF THE DECADE–Entertainment Weekly

TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR–People, Slate, The New York […]

August 25th, 2020|Tags: |

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

—–

As you know, we meet on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 6 pm, September through May. Some refreshments are provided, and you’re welcome to bring your own nosh to share.

I ask that you also please also renew your Irish Center membership – or become a member, or at […]

May 26th, 2020|Tags: , |

Half-Open Door, poems by James Finnegan

Half-Open Door,  poems by James Finnegan

—–

As you know, we meet on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 6 pm, September through May. Some refreshments are provided, and you’re welcome to bring your own nosh to share.

I ask that you also please also renew your Irish Center membership – or become a member, or at least make a donation to the […]

April 28th, 2020|Tags: |

The Speckled People, a memoir by Hugo Hamilton

The Speckled People, a memoir by Hugo Hamilton

—–

As you know, we meet on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 6 pm, September through May. Some refreshments are provided, and you’re welcome to bring your own nosh to share.

I ask that you also please also renew your Irish Center membership – or become a member, or at least make a donation to […]

March 24th, 2020|Tags: |

The Thing about December, a novel by Donal Ryan

The Thing about December, a novel by Donal Ryan

—–

As you know, we meet on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 6 pm, September through May. Some refreshments are provided, and you’re welcome to bring your own nosh to share.

I ask that you also please also renew your Irish Center membership – or become a member, or at least make a […]

February 25th, 2020|Tags: |

This Must be the Place, a novel by Maggie O’Farrell

This Must be the Place, a novel by Maggie O’Farrell

—–

As you know, we meet on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 6 pm, September through May. Some refreshments are provided, and you’re welcome to bring your own nosh to share.

I ask that you also please also renew your Irish Center membership – or become a member, or at least make a […]

January 28th, 2020|Tags: |

Red Branch by Morgan Llewelyn

Red Branch (a retelling of Irish myths in novel form) by Morgan Llewelyn

—–

As you know, we meet on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 6 pm, September through May. Some refreshments are provided, and you’re welcome to bring your own nosh to share.

I ask that you also please also renew your Irish Center membership – or become a member, or […]

November 26th, 2019|Tags: |

Under the Hawthorne Tree/Lieutenant of Inishmore

Under the Hawthorne Tree by Marita Conlon McKenna and/or Lieutenant of Inishmore by Martin McDonagh   (you get to choose to read either the children’s story or the adult-themed comedy, or both.  Each of these is short & should be a quick read)

—–

As you know, we meet on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 6 pm, September through May. Some refreshments are provided, and […]

October 22nd, 2019|Tags: |