Do you have any recommendations for a good book on the potato famine?
— Dana S via Twitter
Ireland suffered more than one famine in its history, but the years between 1845 and 1852 mark the era many call the Irish Potato Famine. A million died and another million emigrated… quite a grim time in Irish history. Yet, it is also the period in which many of the Irish diaspora recognize as their family’s direct ties to Ireland… making the period an important part of their personal history.
For book suggestions, I asked our readers to peek into their personal libraries and give a shout out to the books they’d recommend in both fiction and non-fiction…
- The Great Hunger: Ireland: 1845-1849 by Cecil Woodham Smith — recommended by Kerry Dexter/Felicity Hayes-McCoy/R L Larking via Twitter and Nancy Curtis Caramanico via Facebook
- Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850 by Susan Campbell Bartoletti – recommended by Georgia Beaverson via Google+
- Life on a Famine Ship: A Journal of the Irish Famine 1845-1850 by Duncan Crosbie — recommended by Guinness Tart via Facebook
- Irish Famine (Abrams Discoveries) by Peter Gray — recommended by Claudine X. Ypsilon via Facebook
- The Hungry Land by Michael Mullen — recommended by Mindie Burgoyne via Facebook
- Galway Bay by Mary Pat Kelly – for those looking for fiction — recommended by Kerry Dexter via Twitter
- Whitest Flower by Brendan Graham — recommended by Catherine Clarke via Twitter
- The Great Shame: And the Triumph of the Irish in the English-Speaking World by Thomas Keneally — recommended by Ruth Speir Kuehn via Facebook
- Great Famine: Ireland’s Agony 1845-1852 by Ciaran O Murchadha — recommended by KeelaCom via Twitter
And if you need a break from the page, Cindy Thomson reminds us that the Rosie O’Donnell episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” had a very moving segment on the Famine.
Feel free to add your recommendations in the comments section below.