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The Part of Me That's Irish...

Posted on November 26, 2015 at 3:30pm 2 Comments

...is in love with words. I retired as a high-school history teacher in June, but I finally wrote a book, about my California home town, which made a year's work a true labor of love. In 1941, it was a farm town, near the sea, of 1,090 souls. It was also a town of immigrants, people who very much like my ancestors--they were from the Azores, Japan, and the Philippines--and the book is largely about their children, who would carry the burden of the war. I think the writing is something I got…

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Family Secrets

Posted on April 16, 2015 at 2:15pm 0 Comments

 

The Breed Act forbade borrowing another California driver’s vehicle without permission, but neglected to assess a penalty for its violation. This old article points out the folly of such a law by spinning this story:

The Bakersfield Californian

April 10, 1925

Keefe Arrested

Now comes Ed Keefe of Taft into the story. Not so long ago Keefe. a young man, became…

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How My Dad Won the Second World War (Despite Almost Being Arrested for Sedition)

Posted on February 4, 2015 at 8:30am 1 Comment

Summer 2013

The London Olympic Games remind me of my Dad. He lived in the great battered city during World War II, part of acolorful U.S. Army career that included:…

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Wicklow's Daughter, Beloved Mother: To the Girl on the Lawn at Cal

Posted on January 23, 2015 at 9:00pm 1 Comment

This year AVID students -- kids whose family backgrounds do not include a college experience -- invited me, their AP European History teacher, to go on the Northern California college tour, and I was…

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At 7:35am on February 4, 2015,
Heritage Partner
That's Just How It Was
said…

JIm I do believe that I am friends with you already !! However ; this is my blog about my book 

MY name is Mary Thorpe and I am the author of the above named book The YouTube link below will take you to the Video that I had done to promote my book ;

I would appreciate it if you could show this to members of the Irish  Centre / or Students of Irish History /clients / customers or friends -as I do believe it will hold a great deal of interest for Irish emigrants and their descendant wherever they may be

Thank you

-          Regards Mary Thorpe

The YouTube link below will take you to the Video that I had done to promote my book ; as above

I would appreciate it if you could show this to members of the Irish  Centre / or Students of Irish History /clients / customers or friends -as I do believe it will hold a great deal of interest for Irish emigrants and their descendant wherever they may be

Thank you    Regards Mary Thorpe

Youtube: http://youtu.be/oT0oOa0jx28

Youtube: http://youtu.be/oT0oOa0jx28

Professional Book Reviews below

“That’s Just How It Was is a moving family tale through which much can be gleaned about life during the push for Irish independence… This is a satisfying, emotionally involving read.”- Clarion Review

“Authors of family memoirs often overload their narratives with minutiae that puts nonfamily members to sleep. There are no such encumbrances in Mary Thorpe’s biography of her remarkable grandmother, Bridget O’Rourke. Thorpe…carefully blends Bridget’s story with the events of her day, some of the most pivotal events in Ireland’s history.”- Blueink Review

“Thorpe compellingly incorporates history into her grandmother’s story, always making sure to bring the narrative back to Bridget’s life and personal experience ….. a compelling story of a strong, capable woman and the history that surrounded her “.- Kirkus Review ­

 Besides Kindle ; Amazon ;Barnesandnoble ; ; Bertham ; Inghams ; Gardners Whole books UK ,  bulk orders can be made via the below Authorhouse direct at  jturner@contentdistributors.com (888) 728-8467 ext. 5908  Fax: 1-812-339   6554 

ISBN 978-1-8985-5

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