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February 16, 2011

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TREASURY OF IRISH LOVE

POEMS, PROVERBS & TRIADS

Compiled and edited by Gabriel Rosenstock

This 154-page compilation of more than 70 Irish love poems, proverbs and triads spans 15 centuries and features English translations as well as poetry from such prominent Irish poets as Colm Breathnach and Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill. From Hippocrene Books, 171 Madison Ave., NY, NY 10016. Price $11.95 hardcover. For information, call (718) 454-2366 or e-mail: hippocre2Ix.netcom.com.

BING CROSBY’S LAST SONG

Lester Goran

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This 279-page novel by Lester Goran, set in Pittsburgh, tenderly chronicles the final days of Daly Ricklin, whose doctor has given him a few months, maybe until his 50th birthday, to live. In the spring of 1968, death fills the air around Ricklin; first, Martin Luther King and the Bobby Kennedy. If Daly had his way. he’d sacrifice himself like Bobby Kennedy, and if he could set his death to music, he’d play Bing Crosby, the crooner who sang life best. Price $23. From Picador USA, a division of St. Martin’s Press.

DANCING AT LUGHNASA

Music compiled by Bill Whelan

This CD is the original motion picture soundtrack of "Dancing at Lughnasa." The music is performed by the Irish Film Orchestra as well as renditions from Nollaig Casey on fiddle, Martin O’Connor on accordion, Davy Spillane on pipes and low whistle, Martin Murray on banjo, Sean Halfpenny on bodhrán and Bill Whelan on drums and percussion. For information, log onto www.sonyclassical.

THE FRANK HAGUE PICTURE BOOK

Bob Leach

The days of all-powerful Irish political bosses in America’s great urban sprawls might now be well in the past. But interest in their lives and legacies has certainly not waned. Love them or hate them, the ward bosses that became big city mayors have made their collective mark on the wider political imagination. Frank Hague, Irish political boss of Jersey City for 30 years beginning in 1917 is the subject of this book written by Bob Leach and published by the Jersey City Public Library. Readers can order the book by calling (201)547-6951 or by writing Jersey City Public Library, 472 Jersey Ave., Jersey City, NJ 07302. Attn: Al Cameron, Business Manager. The suggested donation is $10 and checks should be made payable to the library.

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