Books: Up the Irish!

I NEVER THOUGHT WE'D MAKE IT (254 pp.)—Ernest Havemann & George G. Love—Harcourt, Brace ($3).

Fifty years ago the U.S. scene was enlivened and not infrequently disturbed by veritable armies of Irish couples very much like Ma & Pa Love—who met and married in the New World, raised a family of six on an iron molder's pay and managed to send them out into the world feeling that only ill luck or (that ultimate folly) leading with a right could keep them from inheriting the earth. But while most American immigrant families prefer to forget their early struggles—or make them sound...

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