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Fri June 15, 2012
Good Read: "Tis: A Memoir" by Frank McCourt
Frank McCourt’s glorious childhood memoir, Angela’s Ashes, has been loved and celebrated by readers everywhere for its spirit, its wit and its profound humanity. A tale of redemption, in which storytelling itself is the source of salvation, it won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Rarely has a book so swiftly found its place on the literary landscape.
“‘Tis is Frank McCourt’s memoir-in-continuation, a follow-up to his Pulitzer Prize-winning book Angela’s Ashes, which chronicled his impoverished childhood in Ireland. We loved McCourt the boy-a life told with heartbreaking humor and a singing brogue. In Angela’s Ashes McCourt gives us a clear roadmap into the complex heart of the man recalling the events of a half-century earlier. ‘Tis begins, with some necessary overlap, where Angela’s Ashes leaves off-a young Frank McCourt stepping off a boat from Ireland to make a life in New York. The memoirist tosses us without apology into his shoes. Frank McCourt is no longer with us, and sadly he wrote precious few books in his lifetime. ‘Tis is an exercise in humanity by a man with a rare gift for a story, and a brogue that sings on.” - Jacque Day