Tuesday is St. Patrick's Day, time for three new books that look at Ireland's past and present.
At the Edge of Ireland: Seasons on the Beara Peninsula (Harper Perennial) by David Yeadon is a travel writer's charming chronicle of living in a "little lost world" on the island's southwest coast.
Irish American Chronicle (Legacy), edited by David Aretha, is a profusely illustrated history in bite-sized chunks of the Irish and their many contributions to the United States, from Henry Ford and Mother Jones to Ronald Reagan and Elvis Costello.
A Pint of Plain: Tradition, Change and the Fate of the Irish Pub (Walker) by Bill Barich is a journalist's search for a storied but rapidly vanishing species: the traditional Irish neighborhood pub.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor