It's March 17, and you know what that means: those who aren't wearing green, prepare to be pinched! If you've chosen not to venture out in search of green beer tonight, we've come up with some suggested reading in several categories that will help you celebrate the Irish spirit.

Memoir: You can't go wrong with either Frank McCourt or Nuala O'Faolain. Both wrote about their lives with humor, heart and hope (O'Faolain also wrote a well-regarded novel).

Nonfiction: BookPage columnist Robert Weibezahl highly recommends At the Edge of Ireland, David Yeardon's charming travelogue.

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Fiction: Lots to mention here! Have you read Roddy Doyle yet? Yes? Then you'll have to wait for his next novel to come out in April. Everyone else, try Oh, Play That Thing for a fiery take on the Irish-American experience. Mary Pat Kelly's Galway Bay is another epic that brings the Irish immigrants' tale to lifeā€”it was inspired by her own family history. And we can't ignore Maeve Binchy, Alice McDermott and John Banville.

Or go off the beaten path with a very Irish novel that happens to be written by a Dane, Christopher Moerk: Darling Jim is his deliciously creepy American debut. Paul Murray's hilarious An Evening of Long Goodbyes is another standout. And if chick lit is more your thing, don't miss Cecelia Ahern's sparkling stories.

Children's Books: Eoin Colfer is probably the best-known Irish children's author; his Artemis Fowl series has been loved by millions.

Cooking: The New Irish Table by Margaret M. Johnson will give you ideas for tonight's feast.

What's your favorite book with an Irish connection?

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