October Book Club: Midlife Irish

ICC Book Club

Join us in the new Irish Cultural Center Book Club. We’ll enjoy good craic and delve into Irish and Irish-American literature, with guided discussion in a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere. This event is open to all, Patrons and the general public. 

Our October meeting will take place on Thursday, October 12 from 5:30–6:30 pm in the Trinity Pub. Participants are encouraged to arrive a few minutes early to get settled, perhaps grab a drink, mix and mingle. You are welcome to stay after at the Trinity Pub to socialize with dinner or drinks.

We are reading “Midlife Irish: Discovering My Family and Myself” by Frank Gannon. At times funny, poignant, and heartbreaking, “Midlife Irish” draws on the universal themes of love, loss, and laughter that have kept the Irish both miserable and happy–often at the same time–throughout the years.

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Midlife IrishAbout “Midlife Irish: Discovering My Family and Myself”

Irish-American. What does this vague term really mean? Millions of people describe themselves as Irish-American, but beyond celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a drunken zeal, how many of them know really anything about their cultural ancestry? It is this curiosity that got the better of Frank Gannon–the son of a couple of straight-off-the-boat Irish immigrants.

His mother and father, who never spoke about life on the Emerald Isle, raised him in New Jersey, thousands of miles from Ireland. But after both his parents passed away, he realized he knew nothing about who they really were and where they came from–and in effect, where he came from. Now at the half-way point in his life, Gannon decided to fill in the blanks. He embarked on a journey to Planet Green and slowly pieced together the lives of his parents. Before long, he discovered much about his mother and father, and just as much about himself. (text from barnesandnoble.com)

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