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Looking For Jimmy: A Search For Irish America

A Mixture of Memoir and History that Seeks to Define the Essence of the Urban Irish Catholic Experience.

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Publisher: The Overlook Press
ISBN-10: 1585678708
ISBN-13: 978-1-59020-023-0
First publication date: Feb. 15, 2007
Language(s): English
Cover: Hardback and Paperback
Purchase Online: Overlook Press, Amazon


"You don't have to be Irish or Irish-American to love this book. Whoever you are, you are in it. This is the kind of book you will want to bestow on anyone with, or without, a hyphen in their history."

- Frank McCourt

"An exceptionally thoughtful and interesting inquiry into Irish America."

- The Washington Post

"A sweeping tale of disaster, survival, and triumph."

- San Francisco Chronicle

"A wonderful addition to the story of the Irish in America...teem[ing] with deep, surprising insights."

- Peter Hamill

"Charming... A timely reminder that controversy over immigration exists as very much part of a continuum."

- The New York Times

"The Irish American story--a 150-year saga--is a fascinating one, and Quinn tells it superbly. A charming, informative, and memorable book."

- America Magazine


About This Book

In this stunning work chronicling the author's exploration of his own past— and the lives of many hundreds of thousands of nameless immigrants who struggled alongside his own ancestors— Peter Quinn paints a brilliant new portrait of the Irish-American men and women whose evolving culture and values continue to play such a central role in all of our identities as Americans. In Quinn's hands, the Irish stereotype of "Paddy" gives way to an image of "Jimmy"- an archtypal Irish-American. From Irish immigration to modern politics, Quinn vibrantly weaves together the story of a remarkable people and their immeasurable contribution to American history and culture.