This book is a collection of 10 short stories dealing with American pub life from the 1880s to the 1940s. The stories are set in a mythic place called Hudsontown in a land of nostalgia built of memories of the Hoboken, N.J., saloons of yesteryear, the Kearny swamp of long ago and the once raucous glory of Jersey City. Leach has read the stories in various bars where they were hugely popular. Published by the Jersey City Public Library, with all proceeds going to the library. Available through Baker & Taylor Books (1  775-1500) or online at www.bn.com or www.amazon.com. 115 pp. $15.
IRISH WOMEN’S POETRY 1967-2000
Selected and with a
preface by Peggy O’Brien
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This collection includes work by poets Eavan Boland, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Medbh McGuckian, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Rita Ann Higgins, Paula Meehan, Moya Cannon, Mary O’Malley and Kerry Hardie. A native New Englander, Peggy O’Brien lived in Ireland for nearly 20 years, earning her doctorate from Trinity College, Dublin. She now lectures in the English department at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she is director of Irish studies. Wake Forest University Press. 314 pp. $17.95.
CHRONICLE OF CELTIC FOLK CUSTOMS
This book contains details of more than 450 customs of the Irish, Manx, Scottish, Welsh, Cornish and Breton Celts. An easy-to-follow day-by-day guide, it features the celebrations, ceremonies, feasts, dances, games, crafts and superstitions which, together with many other aspects of folklore, constitute Celtic folk culture today. The book also contains an array of old recipes for different times of the year. Distributed in the U.S. by Sterling Publishing Company, 387 Park Avenue South, New York, N.Y. 10016. 208 pp. $24.95.
IDEAS MATTER, ESSAYS IN
HONOUR OF CONOR CRUISE O’BRIEN
Edited by Richard English and Joseph Morrison Skelley
In this collection, an array of Irish and international figures pay tribute to Conor Cruise O’Brien with a collection of original essays on a wide range of issues which fascinate O’Brien himself: Irish history and politics, the United Nations, the Middle East, African affairs, American studies, and the interaction of literature and politics. University Press of America, 4720 Boston Way, Lanham, Md. 20706. 410 pp. $24.50.