Luck of the Irish
With St. Patrick's Day coming up Wednesday, here are new books by two acclaimed Irish writers and one Irish-American sportswriter turned novelist.
The Maeve Binchy Writers' Club (Anchor) by Maeve Binchy is the bestselling novelist's advice for aspiring writers, based on letters she wrote to students in a course at the National College of Ireland.
The Pint Man (Doubleday) by Steve Rushin is "pub fiction" set in New York's Irish bars, focusing on the hapless title character and reveling in the Irish love of wordplay.
Ship of Fools: How Stupidity and Corruption Sank the Celtic Tiger (Public Affairs) by Fintan O'Toole is the award-winning journalist and critic's riveting financial morality tale about the amazing rise and shocking collapse of Ireland's entire economy.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor