Books You May Not Know of…Irish Flavor

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It’s Spring, and the flowers are budding, the birds are singing, and we’re all getting ready to pretend we’re a little Irish.  My second installment of “Books You May Not Know of” is An Embarassment of Riches by Gerald Hansen, a bowdy, irreverent look at one Irish family, their hi-jinks, and a long-time bitter rivalry between two sisters, one of whom has won the Irish lottery.

I learned of this book through a book recommendation on my Kindle a few years ago and decided to read it.  I remembered it recently and couldn’t find it; but when I searched by author, it came up.  I wondered if it was just an obscure book, but, truth be told, there are 176 reviews for it on Amazon, averaging four stars overall.

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A Bawdy Spring Read

Be forewarned:  in this book, nothing is sacred.

I laughed, I guffawed, I felt guilty for laughing.  This book almost seems to poke fun at Irish culture, or maybe just Irish stereotypes, and I kept wondering if I was wrong to enjoy this.  Yet, I realized, every family has it’s embarrassments.  A Catholic daughter gets knocked up by a Proddy, a younger daughter pulls chaos at her christening; this is full of irreverent laughs that are sometimes a little over the top.  Seriously, there is never a dull moment in this story.  If you like that sort of thing, try this book out.  The author himself is Irish.

So, once again, I sing the praises of my Kindle and the Amazon book recommendation system, for bringing me great reads that none of my friends have ever heard of.  I once read somewhere it is good to read a lot, and to read wide.  It’s the best advice I ever received!