Ireland, Disaster; Continent: Europe, North America

The Graves Are Walking: The Great Famine and the Saga of the Irish People by John Kelly Graphic and complicated, this worthy story isn’t for the faint of heart 397 pages (338 pages of content, counting the afterword) For American history textbook purposes, the 1840s Irish potato blight and its consequences can be neatly summarized: […]

Bars, Taverns and American Culture; North America

America Walks into a Bar by Christine Sismondo This bar crawl through American history doesn’t discuss what patrons and barkeeps drink so much as what they do, have done, and why it matters. 336 pages (279 pages excluding notes, bibliography and index) This was the “okay, what the hell” book I tossed onto the stack […]