Angela s Ashes

Angela s Ashes
Author: Frank McCourt
Pages: 364
ISBN: 9780684874357
Available:
Release: 1996
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The author recounts his childhood in Depression-era Brooklyn as the child of Irish immigrants who decide to return to worse poverty in Ireland when his infant sister dies. 40,000 first printing. $35,000 ad/promo. First serial, The New Yorker.

Angela s Ashes

Angela s Ashes
Author: Frank McCourt
Pages: 363
ISBN: 9780684842677
Available:
Release: 1999-05-25
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The author recounts his childhood in Depression-era Brooklyn as the child of Irish immigrants who decide to return to worse poverty in Ireland when his infant sister dies

Angela s Ashes

Angela s Ashes
Author: Frank McCourt
Pages: 426
ISBN: 0007241763
Available:
Release: 2007
Editor: HarperPerennial
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

'Angela's Ashes' is the memoir of retired schoolteacher Frank McCourt. He grew up in New York in the 1930s and in Ireland in the 1940s, in a large family, with an alcoholic father. It is a story of courage and survival against apparently overwhelming odds.

Spark Notes Angela s Ashes

Spark Notes   Angela s Ashes
Author: Frank McCourt
Pages: 84
ISBN: 1586634690
Available:
Release: 2002-07-15
Editor: Spark Publishing Group
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

'Sparknotes' created by Harvard students for students. Each title in the series contains plot summary and analysis, key facts about the work, an analysis of the major characters, suggested essay topics, themes, motifs, and symbols, and an explanation of important quotations.

Tis

Tis
Author: Frank McCourt
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9780684845241
Available:
Release: 1999-09-22
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Frank McCourt's glorious childhood memoir, Angela's Ashes, has been loved and celebrated by readers everywhere for its spirit, its wit and its profound humanity. A tale of redemption, in which storytelling itself is the source of salvation, it won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Rarely has a book so swiftly found its place on the literary landscape. And now we have 'Tis, the story of Frank's American journey from impoverished immigrant to brilliant teacher and raconteur. Frank lands in New York at age nineteen, in the company of a priest he meets on the boat. He gets a job at the Biltmore Hotel, where he immediately encounters the vivid hierarchies of this "classless country," and then is drafted into the army and is sent to Germany to train dogs and type reports. It is Frank's incomparable voice -- his uncanny humor and his astonishing ear for dialogue -- that renders these experiences spellbinding. When Frank returns to America in 1953, he works on the docks, always resisting what everyone tells him, that men and women who have dreamed and toiled for years to get to America should "stick to their own kind" once they arrive. Somehow, Frank knows that he should be getting an education, and though he left school at fourteen, he talks his way into New York University. There, he falls in love with the quintessential Yankee, long-legged and blonde, and tries to live his dream. But it is not until he starts to teach -- and to write -- that Frank finds his place in the world. The same vulnerable but invincible spirit that captured the hearts of readers in Angela's Ashes comes of age. As Malcolm Jones said in his Newsweek review of Angela's Ashes, "It is only the best storyteller who can so beguile his readers that he leaves them wanting more when he is done...and McCourt proves himself one of the very best." Frank McCourt's 'Tis is one of the most eagerly awaited books of our time, and it is a masterpiece.

Tis

 Tis
Author: Frank McCourt
Pages: 477
ISBN: 0743200985
Available:
Release: 2000
Editor: Pocket
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Continues the sometimes harrowing tale of the author's youth as he immigrates from Ireland to the United States, joins the Army, goes to college, and begins building a life.

Angela s Ashes and Tis

Angela s Ashes and  Tis
Author: Frank McCourt
Pages: 736
ISBN: 0743204018
Available:
Release: 2000-11-01
Editor: Scribner
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This beautifully boxed collection features two bestselling modern classics: "Angela's Ashes" and "'Tis".

Angela s Ashes

Angela s Ashes
Author: Frank McCourt
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9780684864839
Available:
Release: 1998-12-17
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A Pulitzer Prize–winning, #1 New York Times bestseller, Angela’s Ashes is Frank McCourt’s masterful memoir of his childhood in Ireland. “When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I managed to survive at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood.” So begins the luminous memoir of Frank McCourt, born in Depression-era Brooklyn to recent Irish immigrants and raised in the slums of Limerick, Ireland. Frank’s mother, Angela, has no money to feed the children since Frank’s father, Malachy, rarely works, and when he does he drinks his wages. Yet Malachy—exasperating, irresponsible, and beguiling—does nurture in Frank an appetite for the one thing he can provide: a story. Frank lives for his father’s tales of Cuchulain, who saved Ireland, and of the Angel on the Seventh Step, who brings his mother babies. Perhaps it is story that accounts for Frank’s survival. Wearing rags for diapers, begging a pig’s head for Christmas dinner and gathering coal from the roadside to light a fire, Frank endures poverty, near-starvation and the casual cruelty of relatives and neighbors—yet lives to tell his tale with eloquence, exuberance, and remarkable forgiveness. Angela’s Ashes, imbued on every page with Frank McCourt’s astounding humor and compassion, is a glorious book that bears all the marks of a classic.

Las Cenizas de Angela Angela s Ashes

Las Cenizas de Angela  Angela s Ashes
Author: Frank McCourt
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780684859330
Available:
Release: 1999-03-03
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: es

Explanation of the Book:

En cada pagina abunda el incomparable sentido del humor y la compasion de Frank McCourt. Con todas las cualidades de una obra clasica, "Las cenizas de Angela" esta ahora disponible en edicion rustica en espanol. Esta autobiografia ganadora del Premio Pulitzer y de gran exito de ventas internatcional trasciende las fronteras culturales y linguisticas con su narracion sobre la infancia, la pobreza y las relaciones familiares.

Teacher Man

Teacher Man
Author: Frank McCourt
Pages: 258
ISBN: 9780743243773
Available:
Release: 2005-11-15
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The author describes his coming of age as a teacher, storyteller, and writer, a personal journey during which he spent fifteen years finding his voice in the classroom, and came to terms with the undervalued importance of teaching.

Strange Flowers

Strange Flowers
Author: Donal Ryan
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9780525507925
Available:
Release: 2021-06-15
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A POST IRISH BOOK AWARDS NOVEL OF THE YEAR From the Booker nominated author of From a Low and Quiet Sea, Donal Ryan's new novel follows the Gladney family across three generations seeking the true meaning of what it is to find home and love. In 1973, twenty-year-old Moll Gladney takes a morning bus from her rural home in Ireland and disappears. Bewildered and distraught, Paddy and Kit must confront an unbearable prospect: that they will never see their daughter again. Five years later, Moll returns from London. What - and who - she brings with her will change the course of her family's life forever. Beautiful and devastating, this exploration of loss, alienation and the redemptive power of love reaffirms Donal Ryan as one of the most talented and empathetic writers at work today.

A Monk Swimming

A Monk Swimming
Author: Malachy McCourt
Pages: 296
ISBN: 1566494168
Available:
Release: 2022-02
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Malachy McCourt was already famous as an actor, saloon-keeper, and late-night TV personality when his brother Frank's Angela's Ashes was published. That book introduced the incorrigible, indomitable Malachy to a worldwide audience; his memoir, A Monk Swimming, picks up his rollicking story.Born in Brooklyn and raised in the lanes of Limerick, Malachy returns to New York at age 20. After stints in the Air Force and as a longshoreman, he parlays his gifts of gab and conviviality into an ownership position at Malachy's--the first singles' bar--where glamorous women from the Barbizon Hotel could stop in for a tipple and flirt. He hilariously recounts many madcap adventures, from selling Bibles on Fire Island and smuggling gold in Zurich to acting with the Irish Players and a semi-regular gig on Jack Paar's Tonight Show. In A MONK SWIMMING, Malachy's genius for storytelling and language will have you laughing till you weep.

Survival Factors in Frank McCourt s Angela s Ashes

 Survival Factors  in Frank McCourt   s  Angela   s Ashes
Author: Helena Schneider
Pages: 52
ISBN: 9783638662246
Available:
Release: 2007-07
Editor: GRIN Verlag
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Essay from the year 2002 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: A, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School (Department of Modern Languages), course: Seminar "20th century writing in English" Course: EFL and English Literature, 5 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: "When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I survived at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood." ( p. 1 ) These sentences at the beginning of Angelas Ashes summarize very briefly what this novel is about: the survival of a miserable Irish Catholic childhood. Indeed this childhood was shaped by a strict religious upbringing, by poverty and starvation, humiliating experiences, diseases and even death. So what does make this story an exception worth to be read? It obviously must have to do something with "survival." How come the hero of this story did not go mad like one of his classmate's mother who had regularly been carried to the lunatic asylum? How come he did not resign like his mother permanently desperate over their miserable situation? Why did he not become like his father and many other Irish men described in the book, drinking their wages and singing sad songs about brave soldiers ready to die for Ireland? Was he just lucky or where there any special factors which enabled him to come through the first 19 years of his life? What are the reasons for his pure physical but also mental survival? In this essay I am trying to find possible answers to all the questions raised above by analysing Franks relationship to his family, especially to his father and mother, and to other people who played an important role in his life.

Angela s Ashes

Angela s Ashes
Author: Frank McCourt
Pages: 426
ISBN: 000649840X
Available:
Release: 1997
Editor: HarperPerennial
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Frank McCourt returned to America when he was nineteen. For many years, he was an English teacher at Stuyvesant High School in New York City. The sequel to "Angela's Ashes, 'Tis, " will be published in the fall of 1999. McCourt lives in Connecticut.

Me and My Mate Jeffrey

Me and My Mate Jeffrey
Author: Niall Breslin
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781473619678
Available:
Release: 2015-09-03
Editor: Hachette Ireland
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In his book, Niall Breslin speaks openly about living with depression and anxiety, and his crippling journey to finally acknowledging 'Jeffrey' - the name he chose for it - years after he took the decision to conceal his growing mental health issues from the world, at age 15. Told with raw honesty, it is a story of the demons that lay beneath outward success, and how they impacted on his career in sports and later music, as he coped with a condition that at times seemed hell bent on wrecking everything in its wake. It is also the story of a road to reconciliation with brokenness - beginning after a massive panic attack before a live TV appearance in 2012 - leading to brighter horizons. Me and My Mate Jeffrey is an essential book for anyone who knows what it is to feel alone, and who doesn't know how to ask for help - or anyone who wants to better understand that journey.

After the Roof Caved In

After the Roof Caved In
Author: Michael J. Dowling,Charles Kenney
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781951627256
Available:
Release: 2020-10-07
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The moving story of an Irish immigrant's life, from a poverty-stricken childhood in Ireland to becoming a captain of industry, After the Roof Caved In is a powerful, poignant look at how hard work and education enabled one young man to change his life and circumstances completely. Today, Michael J. Dowling is president and CEO of Northwell Health, New York state's largest healthcare provider and private employer, with over 68,000 employees and over 700 facilities. But he grew up in deep poverty in the village of Knockaderry in rural Ireland, in a small home without running water or a stable roof, in a family with little hope for improvement and a place with little opportunity—and he overcame it all to become wildly successful. After the Roof Caved In is Dowling's rags-to-riches story of his life and journey from his destitute youth to his realization of the power of education and his eventual departure from his home to attend university in Cork, and onward through his life as he gradually improved himself and his circumstances. Full of memories both fond and painful, this powerful memoir examines the family dynamics of his childhood—including the lives of his deaf mother and arthritic father—as well as the social systems of the time, the politics and concerns of the day, and the way a variety of disparate events came together to help Dowling change his life completely. Most importantly, it chronicles his lifelong effort to rise above the circumstances into which he was born and to create the sort of life he dreamed possible. For anyone interested in the stories of immigrants, the experiences of the Irish in the mid-20th century, or the value of hard work and education in changing one's life, After the Roof Caved In is an essential read, and a heartfelt, deeply moving meditation on an extraordinary life.

Hidden Lives

Hidden Lives
Author: Margaret Forster
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9780141957746
Available:
Release: 2001-04-26
Editor: Penguin UK
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Margaret Forster's grandmother died in 1936, taking many secrets to her grave. Where had she spent the first 23 years of her life? Who was the woman in black who paid her a mysterious visit shortly before her death? How had she borne living so close to an illegitimate daughter without acknowledging her? The search for answers took Margaret on a journey into her family’s past, examining not only her grandmother's life, but also her mother’s and her own. The result is both a moving, evocative memoir and a fascinating commentary on how women’s lives have changed over the past century.

The Storyteller

The Storyteller
Author: Dave Grohl
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9780063076112
Available:
Release: 2021-10-05
Editor: HarperCollins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

So, I've written a book. Having entertained the idea for years, and even offered a few questionable opportunities ("It's a piece of cake! Just do 4 hours of interviews, find someone else to write it, put your face on the cover, and voila!") I have decided to write these stories just as I have always done, in my own hand. The joy that I have felt from chronicling these tales is not unlike listening back to a song that I've recorded and can't wait to share with the world, or reading a primitive journal entry from a stained notebook, or even hearing my voice bounce between the Kiss posters on my wall as a child. This certainly doesn't mean that I'm quitting my day job, but it does give me a place to shed a little light on what it's like to be a kid from Springfield, Virginia, walking through life while living out the crazy dreams I had as young musician. From hitting the road with Scream at 18 years old, to my time in Nirvana and the Foo Fighters, jamming with Iggy Pop or playing at the Academy Awards or dancing with AC/DC and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, drumming for Tom Petty or meeting Sir Paul McCartney at Royal Albert Hall, bedtime stories with Joan Jett or a chance meeting with Little Richard, to flying halfway around the world for one epic night with my daughters…the list goes on. I look forward to focusing the lens through which I see these memories a little sharper for you with much excitement.

Angela and the Baby Jesus

Angela and the Baby Jesus
Author: Frank McCourt,Loren Long
Pages: 26
ISBN: 9780007261697
Available:
Release: 2007
Editor: HarperCollins UK
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Set in Limerick at the turn of the century, 'Angela and the Baby Jesus' is the story of the Christmas when Angela was six and concerned about the baby Jesus on the altar of St. Joseph's Church near School House Lane where her family lived.

Running with Scissors

Running with Scissors
Author: Augusten Burroughs
Pages: 288
ISBN: 1429902523
Available:
Release: 2010-04-01
Editor: St. Martin's Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Now including an excerpt from Lust & Wonder, a new memoir coming in March 2016. Running with Scissors is the true story of a boy whose mother (a poet with delusions of Anne Sexton) gave him away to be raised by her psychiatrist, a dead-ringer for Santa and a lunatic in the bargain. Suddenly, at age twelve, Augusten Burroughs found himself living in a dilapidated Victorian in perfect squalor. The doctor's bizarre family, a few patients, and a pedophile living in the backyard shed completed the tableau. Here, there were no rules, there was no school. The Christmas tree stayed up until summer, and Valium was eaten like Pez. And when things got dull, there was always the vintage electroshock therapy machine under the stairs.... Running with Scissors is at turns foul and harrowing, compelling and maniacally funny. But above all, it chronicles an ordinary boy's survival under the most extraordinary circumstances.