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Notable: We're all a little Irish

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

Notable: We're all a little Irish 03/14/09 [Last modified: Saturday, March 14, 2009 4:30am]
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