July 2016

Smythie
The monthly e-newsletter of the Smyth Public Library
July, 2016
Volume 10, No.4

Events…

Summer Concert Series
Wednesdays 6:30 pm at the gazebo July 6 through August 24

Featuring:

July 13th- Nicole Murphy (sponsored by the Garden Club)
July 20th- Castlebay
July 27st- Peter Kirkpatrick
August 3th- Deborrah Wyndham
August 10th- Ramblin Richard
August 17th- Judy Pancoast “Judy’s Dance Party”
August 24th- Bedford Big Band


SUMMER READING

for Adults and Teens: Tic-Tac-Read
Pick up your game board at the front desk and complete as many squares as you can between June 15 and August 15. For each four squares in a row you will be entitled to a free ice cream at the Summer Concert Series and also be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card for books!
See the children’s area for fun for kids

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT

July 22 AT 6 P.M.
KungFu Panda3

How to…?

How To Skygaze with a telescope* with Bob Veillieux
, master astronomer and educator from the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, complete with outdoor viewing at 8 pm to see the stars.

July 12, 7 pm

*We now have a telescope to be checked out of the library. See the front desk for details.

If you have a special talent you’d like to share, please see Heidi at the front desk
(“How to’s” will take a break for the summer but there are several already lined up for the fall that look intriguing)


New on our shelves…
New Great Courses Now Available:

Life lessons from the great myths GC CD (6) Fears, J. Rufus.
Videodisc: Scientific secrets for a powerful memory GC DVD
Videodisc: The book of Genesis GC DVD (4) Rendsburg, Gary
Videodisc: The history of the Bible: the making of the New Testament canon GC DVD (2) Ehrman, Bart D
Videodisc: Civil liberties and the Bill of Rights Parts 1-3 GC DVD (6) Finn, John E.
Videodisc: Earth’s changing climate GC DVD (2) Wolfson, Richard.
The inexplicable universe: unsolved mysteries GC DVD
The nature of earth: an introduction to geology GC DVD (6) Renton, John J.
Videodisc: Origins of life GC DVD (4) Hazen, Robert M.,
Videodisc: The theory of evolution: a history of controversy GC DVD (2) Larson, Edward J.
The rise of humans: great scientific debates GC DVD (4) Hawks, John
Videodisc: Nutrition made clear GC DVD (6) Anding, Roberta.
Human prehistory and the first civilizations GC DVD (6) Fagan, Brian M.
Videodisc: Great pharaohs of ancient Egypt GC DVD (2)
Videodisc: Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic Age GC DVD (4) McInerney, Jeremy,
Videodisc: Great ancient civilizations of Asia Minor GC DVD (4) Harl, Kenneth W.
Conquest of the Americas Parts 1-2 GC DVD (4) Eakin, Marshall C.
Videodisc: Before 1776: life in the American colonies GCD DVD (6)
Cosmos DVD (4)

New Fiction…
Britt-Marie was here: a novel Backman, Fredrik
Murder on the Quai Black, Cara
The Cavendon luck Bradford, Barbara Taylor
Bounty: a novel Byrnes, Michael
Tom Clancy duty and honor Blackwood, Grant
Liberty’s last stand Coonts, Stephen
The city of mirrors: a novel Cronin, Justin
The Emperor’s Revenge: An Oregon Files Adventure Cussler, Clive
Widowmaker: a novel Doiron, Paul
The pursuit: a Fox and O’Hare novel Evanovich, Janet
All summer long: a novel Frank, Dorothea Benton
The second life of Nick Mason Hamilton, Steve
Brighton Harvey, Michael T,
Here’s to us: a novel Hilderbrand, Elin
The Fireman: a novel Hill, Joe
End of watch: a novel King, Stephen
Ever after Kingsbury, Karen
Oceans apart Kingsbury, Karen
The House of Secrets Meltzer, Brad
The French gardener Montefiore, Santa
The rocks: a novel Nichols, Peter
The games Patterson, James
The midwife Petersheim, Jolina
Bay of sighs Roberts, Nora
Truth catcher Salter, Anna C.
Ghosts of war Taylor, Brad
The island house: a novel Thayer, Nancy
Foreign agent: a thriller Thor, Brad
Charleston Thornton, Margaret Bradham,
Vinegar girl: the taming of the shrew retold Tyler, Anne
Ink and bone Unger, Lisa
Smoke: a novel Vyleta, Dan,
Fatal pursuit: a Bruno, chief of police novel Walker, Martin

New Non-Fiction…

Visual intelligence: sharpen your perception, change your life Herman, Amy,
Grit: the power of passion and perseverance Duckworth, Angela
The courage to be free: discover your original fearless self Finley, Guy,
Becoming Nicole: the transformation of an American family Nutt, Amy Ellis
The longevity book: the science of aging, the biology of strength, and the privilege of time Diaz, Cameron
The gene: an intimate history Mukherjee, Siddhartha
A season on the brink: a year with Bob Knight and the Indiana Hoosiers
Feinstein, John
The winter fortress: the epic mission to sabotage Hitler’s atomic bomb Bascomb, Neal
The secret war: spies, ciphers, and guerrillas 1939-1945 Hastings, Max
Red Platoon: a true story of American valor Romesha, Clinton
Bill O’Reilly’s Legends & lies: the patriots Fisher, David E
Frozen in time: an epic story of survival and a modern quest for lost heroes of World War II Zuckoff, Mitchell

New Books on CD…

The boys of Pointe du Hoc CD (5): Ronald Reagan, D-Day and the U.S. Army 2nd Ranger Battalion Brinkley, Douglas
American: [beyond our grandest notions] CD (4) Matthews, Christopher,
The Cavendon luck CD(13) Bradford, Barbara Taylor
Blood defense CD (10) Clark, Marcia
Kill zone: [a sniper novel] CD (5) Coughlin, Jack,
The Pursuit CD(6) Evanovich, Janet
The Afghan CD (9) Forsyth, Frederick
Dark voyage: a novel CD (5) Furst, Alan
Night of the fox CD(7) Higgins, Jack
End of watch: a novel CD(12) King, Stephen
Breathless CD (7) Koontz, Dean R.
The looking glass war CD (2) Le Carré, John
A murder of quality CD (2) Le Carré, John
The complete western stories of Elmore Leonard CD (6) Leonard, Elmore
Robert Ludlum’s the Lazarus Vendetta: a Covert-one novel CD (5) Larkin, Patrick
The Tristan betrayal CD (5) Ludlum, Robert
The Bourne legacy CD (5): a novel by Lustbader, Eric Van
Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne sanction: a new Jason Bourne novel CD (5) Lustbader, Eric Van
The Games CD(7) Patterson, James
Bay of Sighs CD (9) Roberts, Nora
Wicked prey CD (5) Sandford, John
Carte blanche-007: a new James Bond novel CD (11) Deaver, Jeffery
Full black: a thriller CD (5) Thor, Brad

New Video…
The 5th wave DVD 930 [PG13]
Race DVD 931 [PG 13]
The finest hours DVD 932 [PG13]
13 hours: the secret soldiers of Benghazi DVD 933 [R]
Risen DVD 934 [PG13]
The hunters DVD 935 [PG]
London has fallen DVD 936 [R]
My big fat Greek wedding 2 DVD 937 [PG13]
Zootopia DVD 938 [PG]
Black sky winning the X prize DVD

What is the difference between a cat and a comma?
One has a pause at the end of its clause and the other has claws at the end of its paws!

Events at the Library…
¿Habla usted español?

Please join us for ¡Hablemos! FIRST THURSDAY OF EVERY MONTH 6pm
¿Quién? Anyone who has learned some Spanish and wants to use it, not lose it
Hispanohablantes son bienvenidos también.
(Native speakers are welcome too)
¿Por qué? To meet other Spanish language lovers and enjoy some casual Spanish conversation
This is an opportunity to practice speaking and hearing Spanish to improve overall skills.
Consider bringing something to show the group (photos etc.) to stimulate discussion.
Please note, this is not a “Learn Spanish” class. This is for anyone who knows some Spanish and wants to practice.

Coloring night for all ages, all supplies provided,
Fridays 6-7 pm
Plus, packets available to use anytime we are open and you feel the urge

Did you Know???
The first copyrighted book (1790) in America was THE PHILADELPHIA SPELLING BOOK by John Barry

Knitting & Crochet Circle
Help with the cap, blanket, and scarf charity project, work on your own items, or just come to learn. Call Lisa 587-0603 for more info.
Third Thursday of the month, 7pm

Writers’ group
2nd and 4th Friday of every month, 6:30pm
The Smyth Public Library hosts a gathering of writers once or twice a month where we work together on timed writing exercises using prompts and other sources of inspiration. The writing periods will be followed by sharing some of the work with each other. The goal of the group is to loosen up and get the pen moving on paper. We don’t seek to have a finished work by the end of the session and you don’t need to arrive with a finished piece of writing to share. The writer’s group is a place to meet with other writers and to flex your writing muscles.
Please come ready with a writing medium of your choice: paper and pen/pencil, computer, tablet, etc.

Tip from the front desk
ENJOY YOUR SUMMER VACATION WITH BOOKS!

“Nothing, not one thing or activity, can replace the experience of a good read-being transported to a different land, a different realm, through words and language. I love being surrounded by books. For me, they’re like art, little pieces of sculpture placed all over the house, reminding me, always of the power of the written word. I hope you treat yourself this summer to the luxury of a good read. I know for sure it will be time well spent.”
Oprah Winfrey (July 2016 oprahmagazine)

Try some of these best sellers and many more found on our shelves! Come and stock up for the beach!

End of Watch
By King, Stephen
The spectacular finale to the “New York Times” bestselling trilogy that began with “Mr. Mercedes” (winner of the Edgar Award) and “Finders Keepers” In “End of Watch, “the diabolical Mercedes Killer drives his enemies to suicide, and if Bill Hodges and Holly Gibney don’t figure out a way to stop him, they’ll be victims themselves.
The Girl on the Train
By Hawkins, Paula
The #1″New York Times”Bestseller, “USA Today”Book of the Year, soon to be a major motion picture.

The debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people’s lives.

Nothing is more addicting than”The Girl on the Train.” “Vanity Fair
Before the Fall
By Hawley, Noah
From the Emmy, PEN, Peabody, Critics’ Choice, and Golden Globe Award-winning creator of the TV show “Fargo” comes “the” thriller of the year.

On a foggy summer night, eleven people–ten privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter–depart Martha’s Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the plane plunges into the ocean.

All the Light We Cannot See
By Doerr, Anthony
Awards:
ALA Notable Books (2015), Alex Awards (2015), Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence (2015), Colorado Blue Spruce Award (2016), Dayton Literary Peace Prize (2015), Idaho Library Association Book Award (2014), Indies Choice Book Awards (2015), National Book Awards (2014), Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award (2015), Pulitzer Prize (2015)

From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, a stunningly ambitious and beautiful novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

The Nest
By Sweeney, Cynthia D.
Instant New York Times Bestseller
Hilarious and big-hearted, The Nest is a stellar debut. People, Book of the Week
Her writing is like really good dark chocolate: sharper and more bittersweet than the cheap stuff, but also too delicious not to finish in one sitting. Entertainment Weekly
Humor and delightful irony abound in this lively first novel. New York Times Book Review

Everybody’s Fool
By Russo, Richard
Richard Russo, at the very top of his game, now returns to North Bath, in upstate New York, and the characters who made “Nobody’s Fool “(1993)” “a confident, assured novel that] sweeps the reader up, according to the” San Francisco Chronicle “back then.” ” Simple as family love, yet nearly as complicated. Or, as “The Boston Globe “put it, a big, rambunctious novel with endless riffs…
The Nightingale
By Hannah, Kristin
Awards:
National Jewish Book Award (2015), Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award (2016)
#1 “New York Times” bestseller
Named a top five book of the year by Amazon
Named a best book of the year by: Buzzfeed, iTunes, “Library Journal,” “Paste,” self.com, “The Wall Street Journal,” “The Week”
In love we find out who we want to be.
In war we find out who we are.

The City of Mirrors
By Cronin, Justin
A thrilling finale to a trilogy that will stand as one of the great achievements in American fantasy fiction. Stephen King
The Last Mile
By Baldacci, David
In his #1 “New York Times “bestseller “Memory Man,” David Baldacci introduced the extraordinary detective Amos Decker-the man who can forget nothing. Now, Decker returns in a spectacular new thriller .

The Gene: An Intimate History
By Mukherjee, Siddhartha
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling author of “The Emperor of All Maladies” a magnificent history of the gene and a response to the defining question of the future: What becomes of being human when we learn to read and write our own genetic information?

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
By Knight, Phil
In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.

Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution
By Philbrick, Nathaniel
“Valiant Ambition” may be one of the greatest what-if books of the age a volume that turns one of America’s best-known narratives on its head.”-Boston Globe

“Clear and insightful, it consolidates his reputation as one of America’s foremost practitioners of narrative nonfiction.”-Wall Street

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
By Rovelli, Carlo
Instant “New York Times “Bestseller

Clear, elegant…a whirlwind tour of some of the biggest ideas in physics. “The New York Times Book Review”

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
By Duckworth, Angela
In this instant “New York Times “bestseller, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows anyone striving to succeed be it parents, students, educators, athletes, or business people that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls grit.

Bill O’Reilly’s Legends and Lies: The Patriots
By Fisher, David
The must-have companion to Bill O’Reilly’s historical docudrama “Legends and Lies: The Patriots,” an exciting and eye-opening look at the Revolutionary War through the lives of its leaders
The American Revolution was neither inevitable nor a unanimous cause. It pitted neighbors against each other, as loyalists and colonial rebels faced off for their lives and futures.

Heidi Deacon, Director

LOVE TO SHARE A GOOD BOOK?
How about sharing your thoughts on a book at the friendly monthly book discussion groups?

There is the Thursday evening group:

Blindness by Jose Saramago
July 28, 7:30
*Extra titles of this book are available at the front desk

Ongoing Book Sale!
You can browse at your leisure now and bring home a favorite to keep or to give away to a friend. Just look for the bright signs just inside our main doors on the left. Pay at the front desk. Only $1 for hardcover and $.50 for paperbacks. Proceeds go to the Friends of Smyth Library. Come find a treasure or two or more for your very own.

Monthly Lego Night!
EVERY third Friday 6:30-7:30 for all ages

Library Assets…
ART WANTED!!!

Our art gallery is always available for the works of local artists. Just see Heidi at the front desk to display your works

Making Your Life Easy:
By going to our website, you can search our entire catalogue for books, CD’s, DVD’s and movies. Once found, you can check to see if what you want is in. If so, just to our website and reserve the book. The next time you come in, it will be waiting for you at the front desk. WITH OUR NEW WEBSITE YOU CAN DO IT WITH YOUR MOBILE DEVICE!
PLUS!! Check out our smythpl.org website updates and Smyth Library’s new Public Catalog featuring:
– A crawl of new items.
– “What’s Hot” now covers several choices.
-“Most Popular” titles (a combination of checkouts and reserves are used to determine this list).
– “More Search Options” includes Medium that lets members search by DVD or Large Print, etc.

More Research Options:

Full text articles from thousands of magazines, journals and national newspapers, plus NoveList. Call or e-mail us and provide your name and your library card number, and we’ll give you the password.

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Downloadable Books!!!!
Ipods and Kindle work
Order right from our new website!
Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Smyth Library

PASSES….PASSES….PASSES

New daily passes now available for the Boston Museum of Science!
Valid for up to 4 people per coupon for $10 per person admission.
Valid only for Exhibit Halls.
Coupon provided free of charge by the Smyth Public Library.

STRAWBERRY BANK
Check our website for passes!!!
All are listed in the “museum passes” tab of the website an can be reserved there

Kids’ Stuff…
Always hit the “Children” tab on our site for details and to see the newest events and activities for children
Exciting Children’s programs:
Summer Break time for these Children’s Programs which will not be held June-August. But please sign up for next fall if interested:
Read to Simon, Gwen Paprocki’s therapy dog.
Math and Mischief Club at the Library
Sewing Club- Registration required; $5 material fee, limited class size.

SUMMER FUN AT THE LIBRARY
Children sign up and join in the fun from July 6-August 17th
July 6th- On Your Mark, Get Set, Read, Go, Laugh and Play Robert Rivest 6:30pm
July 7th- Miniature Golf in the Library 10 am
July 14th- Nutrition- Food Fun 10am
July 21st- Obstacle Course 10am
July 28th- Ninja Training 10 am
August 4th- Science of Sports 10am
August 11th- Animal Athletes- Horses 10 am
August 17th- Judy Pancoast “Judy’s Dance Party” 6:30pm
Summer Book Clubs: Wednesdays July 20th and August 10th
2 pm-1st&2nd Grades (Gymnastic Girls-Maya’s Story/A Story of Young Michael Jordan)
3 pm-3rd-5th Grades (Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics/The Only Game)
4 pm-6th-7th Grades (Roller Girl/Fast Break)
5 pm-Teens (Soul Surfer/The Blind Side)
Snacks and drinks will be available at these events.

Summer Break time for these Children’s Programs which will not be held June-August. But please sign up for next fall if interested:
Read to Simon, Gwen Paprocki’s therapy dog.
Math and Mischief Club at the Library
Sewing Club- Registration required; $5 material fee, limited class size.

Pajama Story Night
2nd Friday of the Month, 6-7 pm
Join us monthly for a night of storytelling and treats!

FUTURE ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS!!
Every second Friday of each month from 6:30 to 7:30 we break out our snap circuits! Build exciting projects including computer interfaced experiments and solar cell applications. This event is for ages 8-14 and signups are required.
Check our Facebook page for some cool snap circuit projects

1000 BOOKS before Kindergarten
Personal memory registers and book bags are available for parents

New books for children…
Pele and the rivers of fire Nordenstrom, Michael.
Thunder Boy Jr. Alexie, Sherman
Summer story Barklem, Jill.
Puppies for sale Clark, Dan,
Tony’s bread: an Italian folktale dePaola, Tomie
The mare on the hill Locker, Thomas
Sumi’s first day of school ever Pak, Soyung.
The sea king’s daughter: a Russian legend Shepard, Aaron.
Barbie, I am Barbie Muldrow, Diane.
Dog heroes : a nonfiction companion to Magic Tree House # 46 : Dogs in the dead of night Osborne, Mary Pope
The lonely library Ostby, Kristin
A fish out of water Palmer, Helen Marion

And DVDs…
The great dinosaur rescue E DVD 034
Dora the Explorer E DVD 035 — Dora saves the mermaids
Thomas & friends E DVD 036 — Thomas and the treasure
The little mermaid E DVD 037 — Ariel’s beginning
The land before time E DVD 038
There was an old lady who swallowed a fly E DVD 039:
Happily ever after: fairy tales for every child E DVD 040
The adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 E DVD 041

New books for young adults…
The crown Cass, Kiera
The Elite Cass, Kiera
The heir Cass, Kiera
The one Cass, Kiera
The Selection Cass, Kiera
United as one Lore, Pittacus
A court of mist and fury Maas, Sarah J
The Inquisition Matharu, Taran,
The Raven King Stiefvater, Maggie

New books for juniors…
Life strategies for teens McGraw, Jay.
The adventures of Perseus Hepplewhite, Peter,
Venus & Serena Williams Donaldson, Madeline.
Mexico Tieck, Sarah,
The boy at the top of the mountain Boyne, John
Grayling’s song Cushman, Karen
Superman, Batman: public enemies Loeb, Jeph
Quest for the golden apple: an unofficial graphic novel for Minecrafters Miller, Megan,
Mayday Harrington, Karen,
Spirit wolf Lasky, Kathryn
It’s all Greek to me Scieszka, Jon

TriviaTime!
Every month we ask a trivia question. If you know the answer, drop it off at the front desk or e-mail it using our website. We will randomly select the winner from the correct answers and
the
WINNER
will win ONE FREE WEEK of OVERDUE FINE AMNESTY ON ONE BOOK
Last month’s question and answer:
Q. What is Donald Duck’s middle name – from his introductory cartoon, “The Wise Little Hen” (1934)?
A. Fauntleroy
No Winners!!!

This Month’s Trivia Question:

The events in which monumental work of fiction all take place on June 16, 1904?

From the New and Recent Shelves~

We (being I) are always looking for contributors to this reviews section. The editor has a limited range of taste, so any reviews would be more than welcomed. Just e-mail them in reply to this, or to librarian@smythpl.org

Fiction…

Bobby Cole’s prior books were seat of your pants on fire thrillers with mile-a-minute action. OLD MONEY is a change to more plot development and it is done very successfully. There are actually several plot lines going on that eventually all merge seamlessly.

The book starts with a bang when a wealthy hunter is robbed at the end of his hunt. Jake has given up his lucrative career as a stockbroker to become a Mississippi game warden and he is excited to get into his first criminal investigation. From there, several other plots open and the reader is treated to seeing both sides of them all, except the identity of the robber. A judge, an ex-flame, two diabolical twin rednecks, a lost fortune in cash, a big time figure from New Orleans being hunted by the feds and a new large stupid dog all contribute to the plot lines. Well, not the dog, he’s a humorous interlude.

The title of the book should be greed because all the major players are motivated by it above all reason. The exceptions are Jake and his trivia loving fat partner and mentor, Virgil.

Jake is still the straight arrow good guy for whom you love to root. He is new to this game warden thing, but loves it. The plots are all good and there is something about them that just makes the reader smile. They are not funny, just pleasantly amazing.

Highly recommended. I enjoyed the first Jake books and really enjoyed this change of pace. Not to sound superior, but it seems as if this is a certain maturation in Mr. Cole’s writing.
More fiction…coming soon…

THE INVOICE is simply that a short book that is quick to read could hold so much. There are multiple themes and almost countless ways to interpret Mr. Karlsson’s work.

The narrator is presented with an invoice. He has no idea what it is for and no way to pay its exorbitant sum. As he investigates, we learn that it is time for everyone to pay the piper for their experiences in life.

How to read this? A question of what constitutes happiness and fulfillment? How do we know if we are satisfied with life? Or is it question of redistribution? Or possibly “big brother”? It is clear the narrator is as confused as the people enforcing the invoice are sure of themselves and their scientific process. Equations can proof…well, everything. Just to throw in another element, we are treated to a slow sweet love story – or maybe not.

This little book with so much in it should be assigned to every philosophy class and every reading group. The joy of it is that it is so thought-provoking while being a pure joy to read. Highly recommended. Go for a walk after you read this book and I dare you to not think about it. But while taxing your mind considering it, you’ll still be smiling – a very rare combination.

Non-fiction …for the love of the Irish…

The Irish-American story, with all its twists and triumphs, is told through the improbable life of one man. A dashing young orator during the Great Famine of the 1840s, in which a million of his Irish countrymen died, Thomas Francis Meagher led a failed uprising against British rule, for which he was banished to a Tasmanian prison colony. He escaped and six months later was heralded in the streets of New York — the revolutionary hero, back from the dead, at the dawn of the great Irish immigration to America.

Meagher’s rebirth in America included his leading the newly formed Irish Brigade from New York in many of the fiercest battles of the Civil War — Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg. Twice shot from his horse while leading charges, left for dead in the Virginia mud, Meagher’s dream was that Irish-American troops, seasoned by war, would return to Ireland and liberate their homeland from British rule.

The hero’s last chapter, as territorial governor of Montana, was a romantic quest for a true home in the far frontier. His death has long been a mystery to which Egan brings haunting, colorful new evidence.
Amazon.com
This editor’s note: I found this book to be a tad overwhelming. The first third is a tremendous expose of the British role in the Irish potato famine. From there it became a very detailed look at all things Irish. If you are interested in Irish-American history (and Australian), this is the book for you.

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I hope you have enjoyed this edition. Comments, suggestions and, of course, reviews are always welcomed.
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