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The Resource My father left me Ireland : an American son's search for home, Michael Brendan Dougherty

My father left me Ireland : an American son's search for home, Michael Brendan Dougherty

Label
My father left me Ireland : an American son's search for home
Title
My father left me Ireland
Title remainder
an American son's search for home
Statement of responsibility
Michael Brendan Dougherty
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"National Review senior writer Michael Brendan Dougherty delivers a mediation on belonging, fatherhood, and nationalism, through a series of letters to his estranged Irish father. The child of an Irish man and an Irish-American woman who split up soon after he was born, Michael Brendan Dougherty grew up with an acute sense of absence. He loved his mother but longed for his father, who only occasionally returned from Ireland for visits. He was happy enough in America, but desperately wanted the sense of cultural belonging that his Irish half-siblings seemed to enjoy. When his first child was born, Dougherty knew he wanted to give her that kind of solid connection to her heritage. Aware that he was becoming a cliché--the Irish-American who wants to be more Irish than the Irish--he began to study Gaelic. He buried himself in Irish history and learned old songs to sing to his daughter. Most significantly, he began writing letters to his father about what he remembered, what he missed, and what he longed for, realizing along the way that his longings were shared by many of his generation. These letters would become this book. Many Americans today, of all backgrounds, lack a clear sense of cultural heritage or even a vocabulary for expressing this lack. And as the national conversation about identity becomes increasingly polarized, people tend to avoid talking about their roots altogether. In these deeply felt and fascinating letters, Dougherty offers a new way for all of us to think about who we are, where we came from, and where we're going."--Provided by publisher
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Dougherty, Michael Brendan
Dewey number
305.8916/2073
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Dougherty, Michael Brendan
  • Irish Americans
  • Irish Americans
  • Children of single parents
  • Father and child
  • Irish Americans
  • Irish language
  • Acculturation
  • Nationalism
  • Ireland
  • Acculturation
  • Children of single parents
  • Civilization
  • Father and child
  • Irish Americans
  • Irish Americans
  • Irish Americans
  • Irish language
  • Nationalism
  • Ireland
  • United States
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Cultural, Ethnic & Regional / General
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Nationalism & Patriotism
Label
My father left me Ireland : an American son's search for home, Michael Brendan Dougherty
Instantiates
Publication
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Place of publication from publisher's website
Contents
Only child, single mother -- Putting childish things away -- Who made me -- Marooned by history -- Rebel songs as lullabyes -- Father tongue -- Reconciliation
Control code
on1047653204
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
xiii, 223 pages
Isbn
9780525538653
Lccn
2018060865
System control number
(OCoLC)1047653204
Label
My father left me Ireland : an American son's search for home, Michael Brendan Dougherty
Publication
Note
Place of publication from publisher's website
Contents
Only child, single mother -- Putting childish things away -- Who made me -- Marooned by history -- Rebel songs as lullabyes -- Father tongue -- Reconciliation
Control code
on1047653204
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
xiii, 223 pages
Isbn
9780525538653
Lccn
2018060865
System control number
(OCoLC)1047653204

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