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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Breakout at Stalingrad

Author: Heinrich Gerlach Book review by: James Durney, Newbridge Library After reading the epic novel Stalingrad by Vasily Grossman I decided to follow up my appraisal of this momentous WWII battle with a view from the German side with Breakout at Stalingrad by Heinrich Gerlach. The main character in the book is Lieutenant Breuer who… Continue reading Breakout at Stalingrad

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The Euro: And Its Threat to the Future of Europe

Author: Joseph E. Stiglitz Review by: Brian, Athy The convenience of having the Euro has been a bonus for those travelling and doing business between the different countries of the Euro-zone. It has allowed for the growth of prosperity around Europe, brought less developed states closer to the level of the more developed states and… Continue reading The Euro: And Its Threat to the Future of Europe

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Notes on a Nervous Planet

Author: Matt Haig Genre: Self-Help Reviewed by: Stephen Kelly Branch: Newbridge Library Age Range: Adults Looking at sleep, news, social media, addiction, work and play, Matt Haig invites us to feel calmer, happier and to question the habits of the digital age. This book might even change the way you spend your precious time on… Continue reading Notes on a Nervous Planet

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The Battle

Author: Paul O’Connell Review by : Brian Connellan, Athy Library Paul O’Connell is one of Ireland’s most admired rugby players, and he was fortunate enough to be playing at a time when the potential of both Ireland and Munster seemed limitless. While what we get here is a description of that amazing time in Irish… Continue reading The Battle