Apropos of the post below, I suppose if you want to get all literary on me you could pick a better book than Paddy Whacked (what can I say the book was on the shelf starring at me).
So if you want to avoid the history of the Irish mob and prefer something a little more on the literary side, why not check out James Joyce? Perhaps, Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man. Or perhaps you want to really want to show you are cool so you decide to dig into Ulysses. Of course you could read Dubliners. What could be more Irish than that, right?
For the peanut gallery: what is your favorite “Irish novel?”