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In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, here are some good reads to get into the Irish spirit:

A Star Called Henry by Roddy Doyle

Henry Smart is an impoverished boy who gets involved in Irish independence efforts in this coming-of-age novel. Add to that an affair with a former teacher -- who he still calls Ms. O'Shea, even after they get to know each other better -- and you've got quite an entertaining read.

The Autobiography of Maud Gonne: A Servant of the Queen by Maud Gonne

Maud Gonne, an English-born woman, became a leader in fighting for Irish causes in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Talk about girl power.

Dubliners by James Joyce

What is St. Patrick's Day without a nod to James Joyce? This book, a collection of short stories, is one of the author's most memorable works. Especially good -- and famous -- is the last story, The Dead.

Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt

The accuracy of McCourt's memoir has been questioned by many, but the book is still hailed as a celebration of surviving privation.

Star of the Sea by Joseph O'Connor

O'Connor's historical novel follows several intertwining characters as they immigrate from Ireland in 1847.

Born In Trilogy by Nora Roberts

The prolific Roberts was born in the U.S. but her family history is deeply rooted in Ireland. Many of her writings -- including this trilogy -- feature Irish characters and settings. Other such works include her novel Three Fates.

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