A very special hello from Ireland!
Find out more about the books included and why we chose them below.
This month, we're proud to include a double feature: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Dubliners by one of the most celebrated authors in the history of literature, James Joyce. A son of Dublin, Ireland, Joyce published his first collection of short stories, Dubliners, in 1914. Each story represents an intricate expression of 20th-century Irish life during the height of Irish nationalism. The reader is treated to a host of unforgettable characters at the moment they begin to process a life-altering epiphany. The collection begins with characters in childhood as each subsequent story's narrator grows progressively older, representing the process of self-knowledge as one of maturity and wisdom with age. In 1916, Joyce published Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, a semi-autobiographical novel and, perhaps, literature's greatest coming-of-age story. Each year, Dubliners celebrate Bloomsday in honor of Joyce. Participants stage marathon readings, hold downtown festivals, dress as Joyce's characters and enjoy dramatic presentations of his work. Recently, many US cities have joined in the festivities.GET STARTED
Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland tells the story of two women: Provisional Irish Republic Army member Delours Price and murdered mother of ten Jean McConville along with the fight for justice in a politicized Ireland characterized by McConville's death. McConville became a victim in the struggle for Irish freedom between the IRA and the British Military in 1972. However, British investigative forces failed to investigate her kidnapping until 1995, and arrests were not initiated until 2014. McConnville's story is particularly relevant today in a politically charged world. Her memory calls us to not only imagine a just world but one where actions towards progress leave us with peace over regrets. No matter one's political orientation, Keefe through McConville calls us to consider our chosen path and how it may affect not only others in the present, but also the generations to come in the future. Say Nothing was named one of the top ten books in 2019 by the New York Times Book Review and the Washington Post. The text also won the National Book Critics Circle Award. This is one of the most meaningful, timely books we've read recently. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!GET STARTED
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Ireland has you covered this winter with Irish wool slipper socks and a wool scarf. Ireland has a long history of raising sheep with a vast mountain landscape that makes this work popular. Cheviot sheep are the most popular breed, producing incredibly soft wool for scarves, winter socks, and sweaters. According to local myth, the Aran jumper, a wool sweater originally from the Aran Islands of Ireland, featured unique cable stitching that sometimes included religious and philosophical meanings within the stitching related to ancient Celtic knotwork. President John F. Kennedy often wore Irish wool Aran jumpers, providing Irish knitters an international audience.GET STARTED
We're bringing you the taste of Ireland through Crossogue Preserves and Shamrock Shortbread. The Strawberry & Champagne Jam is handmade in small batches in Tipperary, Ireland with the perfect flavor to elevate breakfast, lunch or dinner. The Crossogue farm has been in the Malloy family for 5 generations and their jam includes only natural ingredients from the farm. O'Neills Shamrock Shortbread is another delicious snack characteristic of Ireland. This buttery treat is shaped like a shamrock, sending you and your tastebuds good luck from Ireland.GET STARTED
You can't visit Ireland, or anywhere in the UK, without a cuppa. We're bringing you one flavor selection of a variety: Breakfast Tea, Afternoon Tea, or Green Tea from the Irish Clipper Tea Company. Clipper started in a cozy kitchen in Dorset in 1984 before moving to the Dorset factory they now run. Clipper was the UK's first fairtrade tea company, even helping to establish fairtrade standards across the globe. The company prides itself on sustainability, all-natural teas in biodegradable tea bags, and a great taste characteristic of Ireland. We've also inlcuded a beautiful teabag holder from Galway, the City of Tribes. The painting on the holder depicts the Celtic Tree of Life, a representation of the forces that create balance and harmony in the universe.GET STARTED
Here at Bibliophilic Excursions, we believe in gratitude, global responsibility, and care for one another. With that in mind, we've started highlighting one organization from each country that is working to meet similar goals. We hope you will consider checking out their work, finding some inspiration for your own community, and passing along their work to your own network. Thank you for helping us spread the messages of peace and service beyond the superficial boundaries of race, borders, and cultures.
This month, we're highlighting Oxfam Ireland. They're the leading organization supporting Ireland's impoverished populations. The link below will take you to their list of books to help each of us understand poverty more thoroughly. We're challenging everyone in our bubble to read one of these eye-opening books. We already found a few at our local used bookstore. Pass it on!The List
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