After spending 18 weeks on The Irish Times bestseller list, Brendan O’Carroll’s hilarious novel has finally come to America. Straight from the mind of Ireland’s most popular stand-up comedian, this first installment in the "Mrs. Browne" trilogy is chock full of colorful characters and salty language. Plume Paperbacks, http://www.penguinputnam.com. 174 pp. $10.95.
BLACKBIRDS & THRUSHES
This new album from one of the freshest and most powerful voices in Ireland has critics comparing Parsons to Irish greats such as Mary Black. Her silken voice lends new life to the traditional Irish ballads found on the CD. The collection spans more than 15 years of her singing repertoire making it an album that is truly her own. Green Linnet Records.
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THE VISITOR’S GUIDE
TO NORTHERN IRELAND
Rosemary Evans’s travel guide is sure to provide you with the way to get the most out of the exciting and hospitable travel destinations in Northern Ireland. Full of useful maps, self-guided tours and beautiful photographs that reflect the land’s majesty, the guide is an important addition to any traveler’s belongings. Dufour Editions, Chester Springs, PA 19425-0007; (610) 458-5005. 216 pp. $18.95.
AS IT IS IN HEAVEN
From the acclaimed author of "Four Letters of Love" comes a soon-to-be-released novel in which he once again attempts to capture the essence of love. Set on the Irish coast, the novel follows the story of a shy young man, haunted by death, who finds love in the arms of a passionate Italian violinist. Niall Williams’s enchanting prose gives the story an almost poetic quality. Warner Books. 310 pp. $23.