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The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero by Timothy Egan

From the National Book Award–winning and best-selling author Timothy Egan comes the epic story of one of the most fascinating and colorful Irishman in nineteenth-century America.  

The Irish-American story, with all its twists and triumphs, is told through the improbable life of one man. A dashing young orator during the Great Famine of the 1840s, in which a million of his Irish countrymen died, Thomas Francis Meagher led a failed uprising against British rule, for which he was banished to a Tasmanian prison colony. He escaped and six months later was heralded in the streets of New York — the revolutionary hero, back from the dead, at the dawn of the great Irish immigration to America. 
Meagher’s rebirth in America included his leading the newly formed Irish Brigade from New York in many of the fiercest battles of the Civil War — Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg. Twice shot from his horse while leading charges, left for dead in the Virginia mud, Meagher’s dream was that Irish-American troops, seasoned by war, would return to Ireland and liberate their homeland from British rule.  
The hero's last chapter, as territorial governor of Montana, was a romantic quest for a true home in the far frontier. His death has long been a mystery to which Egan brings haunting, colorful new evidence.


Next Week

What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi

From our partners at Booklist:

Oyeyemi, who penned the magical novels Mr. Fox (2011) and Boy Snow Bird (2014), offers an equally imaginative set of nine short stories. Lovers populate the pages of these fable-like tales, pining passionately as their quest for a beloved takes them on bewitching journeys. For Radha in “is your blood as red as this?,” it means enrolling in a puppetry school in pursuit of Myrna, the beautiful instructor who catches her eye at a party. Myrna puts Radha off by choosing another student as her apprentice, but Radha is not to be deterred as she studies under another instructor and is given a puppet who used to be a live woman. In “books and roses,” Montse, a laundress who was left at a chapel as a baby and raised by monks, learns about her mother’s passionate love affair with a wealthy recluse as she herself falls in love with a painter haunted by her own lost love. And love turns to loathing when a teenager’s pop star idol brutalizes a prostitute in “‘sorry’ doesn’t sweeten her tea.” A beguiling collection.

— Kristine Huntley

Author Extra

This Week's Guest:

Sam Quinones


In this special edition of Well READ, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Héctor Tobar fills in as guest host to interview best selling author and fellow former LA Times reporter, Sam Quinones, about the drug scourge running through our country.  They will discuss the rise of pain killer abuse to heroin addictions.

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Bookmarks by Mary Ann Gwinn

Journalist to Novelist - Jim Lynch Reading List When I first read that Jim Lynch was going to publish a novel, I thought, hmmmm, we’ll see. Jim is a former newspaper reporter – he worked for a time at my own newspaper, the Seattle Times. Journalists, even the finest ones, often have a hard time making the transition from reporting the facts to, well, making things up.  He made the leap.  (Read the full story here:  Bookmarks Expanded) get the full list >

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