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Sweet Liberty: Travels in Irish America

O'Connor, Joseph

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ISBN 10: 1570981051 / ISBN 13: 9781570981050
Published by Roberts Rinehart Pub, 1996
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Signed by Author 1570981051 Dust jacket has a corner crease on front flap and a long crease on the rear flap. Book itself is like new. Author's signature only on title page. Bookseller Inventory # 023660

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Title: Sweet Liberty: Travels in Irish America

Publisher: Roberts Rinehart Pub

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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Synopsis:

Award-winning novelist Joseph O'Connor's love affair with America began during his childhood holidays in the beautiful western Ireland wilderness of Connemara, which always seemed to be populated by American tourists. In Sweet Liberty, he takes readers on an idiosyncratic tour of the U.S. and offers a poignant, hialrious, and insightful travelogue.

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Now here is a simple and original idea for a travel book: find all the cities in the United States named Dublin (there are nine). Visit each. Drink in the pubs, sleep in the motels and lodges, listen to the people. Return to Ireland. Write a funny, funky book, full of the beat of pop music, the accents of Americans, and terrific hangovers. Joseph O'Connor, brother of pop star Sinead, gets it just about right in this slightly barmy quest across America. He watches his first porn flick in Boston, gets the river under the Brooklyn Bridge wrong, and declares that Dublin, New Hampshire, "was so small it was almost portable." A minor gem.

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