Saturday, March 16, 2024

Five top Irish-themed books

The Amazon Book Review editors tagged five of their favorite Irish reads, including:
The First Kennedys: The Humble Roots of an American Dynasty by Neal Thompson

America’s fascination with the Kennedy family has been undimmed for over six decades now. The store of cold, hard facts about their lives and deaths have long ago been exhausted and have given way to reams of speculation. And then, just when it seems there are no fresh angles on Camelot, along comes Neal Thompson’s The First Kennedys. The first American Kennedys, that is: Patrick and Bridget Kennedy, driven—as over a million and a half Irish people were—by the Famine to seek refuge in a country that didn’t exactly put out the welcome mat. In penetrating prose studded with information and insight, Thompson vividly describes how, as a young widow, Bridget Kennedy went from maid to businesswoman, outmaneuvering relentless discrimination to steer her family out of the jaws of poverty. Through her story, Thompson shows us the seeds of one of the great American stories.
Vannessa Cronin, Amazon Editor
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The Page 99 Test: The First Kennedys.

--Marshal Zeringue