With St. Patrick's Day coming up in a couple of weeks, here are three very different new books by Irish writers.
Everybody Matters: My Life Giving Voice (Walker & Co.) by Mary Robinson is a compelling autobiography by the remarkable woman who decided not to be a nun and instead, in 1990, became Ireland's first female president and went on to serve as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Notes From a Coma (Soho) by Mike McCormack is the first novel to be published in the United States by this award-winning Irish writer; the Irish Times called the book, a tale about a man who becomes a celebrity when his brain activity is monitored live on the Internet, "a cross between 1984 and The X-Files."
A Week in Winter (Alfred A. Knopf) by Maeve Binchy, set in a country inn on Ireland's west coast, is the final warmhearted novel of Irish small-town life by the beloved and bestselling author, who died in July.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor