By Frank McCourt
When Frank McCourt returned to America from Ireland as a 19-year old, he thought he was leaving his troubled life behind. As he wrote, “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.
In New York, McCourt encounters both anti-Irish prejudice and others who advise him to stick with his own people. His thick brogue and red, infected eyes do little to ease his way.
In McCourt’s trademark self-deprecating style, he recounts humiliating stories of attending New York University, serving in the army and working as a longshoreman on the docks of New York before finally finding his way into teaching. ‘Tis is a quintessential memoir of the modern immigrant-Irish experience.
Reviewed by Sean Garvey, Adult Services Librarian
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