Adult Non-fiction, Book reviews and recommendations

Aoife’s To Read Music Books List

Hello again from Aoife in Newbridge library. As I love music and books, here is a post which combines the two. These four books are all ones I hope to get stuck into at some point this year.  Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen Synopsis In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed… Continue reading Aoife’s To Read Music Books List

Adult Non-fiction, Book reviews and recommendations

Birds of the Homeplace. The Lives of Ireland’s Familiar Birds

Author(s): Anthony McGeehan with Julian Wyllie Genre: Adult Non Fiction- Natural History Reviewed By: Adrian Foran, Mobile Library Service, Library HQ. Synopsis: Ireland is slowly becoming a country of nature and bird enthusiasts. Everyone has a space – gardens, farmland and oases of natural habitat – to enjoy everyday encounters with birds. Familiar the birds may be, but… Continue reading Birds of the Homeplace. The Lives of Ireland’s Familiar Birds

Adult Non-fiction, Audiobook

Fight Like A Girl Audiobook Review

Author: Clementine Ford Genre: Adult Non-Fiction Reviewed by: Aoife, Newbridge Library Online sensation, fearless feminist heroine and scourge of trolls and misogynists everywhere, Clementine Ford is a beacon of hope and inspiration to thousands of Australian women and girls. Her incendiary debut Fight Like A Girl is an essential manifesto for feminists new, old and soon-to-be, and exposes… Continue reading Fight Like A Girl Audiobook Review

Adult Non-fiction, Book reviews and recommendations

International Women’s Day Book Choices

By Shona Thoma, Maynooth Library Looking for some reading material this International Women’s Day? Why not make it intersectional? Intersectional Feminism repositions feminism at the intersection of all women’s experiences and considers the multiple barriers you encounter if gender isn’t your only disadvantage.  Kimberlé Crenshaw first defined Intersectional Feminism in 1989. Watch her briefly explain it in… Continue reading International Women’s Day Book Choices

Adult Non-fiction, Book reviews and recommendations

Ok, Let’s Do Your Stupid Idea

Author: Patrick Freyne Genre: Adult Non-Fiction / Biography Review by: Emma, Leixlip Library ★★★★ Synopsis: Patrick Freyne has tried a lot of stupid ideas in his life. Now, in his scintillating debut, he is here to tell you about them: like the time (aged 5) he opened a gate and let a horse out of… Continue reading Ok, Let’s Do Your Stupid Idea


Bound Feet and Western Dress

Author: Pang-Mei Natasha Chang Genre: Adult Non-fiction Reviewed by: Elaine, Newbridge Library A captivating memoir of two Chinese women from different generations in the same family. The novel handles their stories in a dual-perspective, coherent narrative that covers the time period from the early 1900s to the late 1900s. The narrative focuses intimately on a… Continue reading Bound Feet and Western Dress


Kildare The Irish Revolution, 1912-23

Author: Dr Seamus Cullen Review by: Kevin, Local Studies Department- Newbridge For over a decade, Dublin-based publisher Four Courts Press have published the excellent Maynooth Studies in Local History series. With over 150 titles in total, this series has contributed immensely to promoting the study of local history in Ireland. It has also ensured that… Continue reading Kildare The Irish Revolution, 1912-23

Adult Non-fiction, Book reviews and recommendations

Irish Country Life

Author: Olive Sharkey                                  Genre: Non-fiction                                        Reviewed by Elaine Patterson, Newbridge Branch/Headquarters                Age Range: Adult This short book focuses on an overview of country life during the 1800s to 1930s, and on the everyday crafts used during that time period. The book contains many detailed illustrations and photographs of common tools and vessels used during… Continue reading Irish Country Life

Adult Non-fiction, Book reviews and recommendations

Who I Am

Author: Pete Townshend Reviewed by: Brian, Athy Library Pete Townshend is one of the most influential musicians in the history of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Coming from a musical family and inspired by ground-breaking new acts like the Everly Brothers and Bill Halley, Townshend, along with Roger Daltrey, John Entwhistle and Keith Moon formed The Who… Continue reading Who I Am

Adult Non-fiction, Book reviews and recommendations

The Skin Nerd

Author: Jennifer Rock Genre: Non Fiction - Teens and up Review by: Emma, Leixlip library ★★★★★ Synopsis: 'The skin is an organ and should be respected accordingly.' This is the mantra of award-winning skincare expert Jennifer Rock, also known as The Skin Nerd. We should feed our skin, shield it, and give it all the… Continue reading The Skin Nerd