Tis: A Memoir

Tis: A Memoir

by Frank McCourt
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Tis: A Memoir by Frank McCourt

And now we have 'Tis the story of Frank's American Journey from impoverished immigrant to brilliant teacher and raconteur. Frank lands in New York at age nineteen, in the company of a priest he meets on the boat. He gets a job at the Biltmore Hotel, where he immediately encounters the vivid hierarchies of this "classless country", and then is drafted into the army and is sent to Germany to train dogs and type reports. It is Frank's incomparable voice-his uncanny humor and his astonishing ear for dialogue-that renders these experiences spellbinding.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780684865744
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 08/28/2000
Series: Frank McCourt Memoirs Series
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 98,668
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile: 1280L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Frank McCourt (1930–2009) was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Irish immigrant parents, grew up in Limerick, Ireland, and returned to America in 1949. For thirty years he taught in New York City high schools. His first book, Angela's Ashes, won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the L.A. Times Book Award. In 2006, he won the prestigious Ellis Island Family Heritage Award for Exemplary Service in the Field of the Arts and the United Federation of Teachers John Dewey Award for Excellence in Education.

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'Tis 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 169 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read angela's ashes and i will admit, i enjoyed them both equally. I admired his sincerity, after all that's what makes a well written memoir! Buy this book you'll be glad you did!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was amazed at how good this book was. I didn't think it could stand up to its supurb predeccesor but I was terribly wrong! It was an amazing read to say the least. I also got through it much faster than Angela's Ashes. Both are great reads and will go down in history as some of the best memoirs ever written!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
One cannot read Angela's Ashes without following through with 'Tis. Frank McCourt, God had a mission for you and you've fulfilled it with honor, grace, dignity and sincerity. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
LindaMO More than 1 year ago
After reading "Angela's Ashes", I was compelled to continue reading about Frank after he arrived in America. This story continues to describe his trials and tribulations as he makes his way. His warm character along with Irish prose make you want to keep reading about his fascinating journey.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Frank McCourt has a fabulous way with words. It's hard not to get sucked into the story and feel as if you are standing right next to him while he is describing each and every detail... Highly recommended!!
Tuna94 More than 1 year ago
Frank McCourt gave excellent insight into the struggle of a young Irish man to rise above poverty. He writes with such great detail that I can almost feel his pain of hunger, sore eyes, coldness, etc. I would highly recommend this book.
Jewels3 More than 1 year ago
As this is the second book regarding Frank McCourt's life I had to read it. His telling of life as he knew it and what he and his family survived growing up in Ireland during the depresion was very eye opening. I can only imagine what he went through and overcome. I would recommend this book to everyone I know.
Marie12 More than 1 year ago
Being of Irish desent this audio was prefect to listen to. To hear how this young man grew up and the hardships he indured was something else. If half the middle school children of today were required to read this book I believe they would treat people in their daily life much better. It has been passed on to my family and friends and they also enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tis is honest, open, telling, truthful. If you appreciate these qualities, read Angela's Ashes first to understand how the intimate life of Frank McCourt progresses. Both are candid, vivid memories of a life that is transformed from poverty-ridden Limerick, to opportunistic America. An emotional investment is what you'll be making by reading them back to back as you venture back with McCourt when he returns to Ireland on furlough from the U.S. Military. Great works even if there is a bit of profanity because after all, he is honest with us and himself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
McCourt's 'Angela's Ashes' was unbelieveable in its candor and tradgedy. So after reading it in 2005 I immediately bought this one and later, 'Teacher Man.' The problem with ''Tis' is that he seems only to be saying 'woe is me!' throughout the whole thing. Yes, this period in his life was sad, but I felt like McCourt had made me sit down and he had whined his whole story to me, complete with sappy violin music.
JEMKM More than 1 year ago
This was his second book and I loved it and the first one he wrote. I bought the 3rd one to find it a repeat of things in the first two and could not read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Frank McCourt is a wonderful writer! He finds the humor in all the tragedies of his life. This book was as well written as Angela's Ashes but the content wasn't quite as interesting as Angela's Ashes but definitely worth the read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The problem with McCourt's trilogy is that there are only three of them. He has the ability to make the reader laugh and cry all within the same paragraph. A true sense of what life was like for Irish immigrants (and life before immigration Angela's Ashes). These three books require re-reading more than once. I would love to have dinner with the author. As you can figure I recommend highly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not even close to Angela's Ashes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. First I read the book Angela's Ashes and I knew that I had to read this one one I finished the other. Tis is not a depressing as Angela's Ashes and it teaches people about the Irish ways, the Great Depression, and about racism. I really enjoyed this book, because I am half Korean and I can relate to the racism in many ways. I enjoyed learning about Irish and I recommend that anyone who should read the two of these books to watch the movie The Boondock Saints and relate the two. I found many unique comparisons between them, which made me enjoy the two of them even more. Read this book TIS.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very good book, higly recomended. For everybodu who is not happy will life need to read this book,and they will start to apreciate selfs and everything they have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading the 1st book (Angela's Ashes), I told myself I have to read 'Tis as well. Like Angela's Ashes, it was very enjoyable punctuated with hilarious episodes throughout. It is a very true and frank account of the life of the author, and thru' his writing, you can see that life is not a bed of roses for him at all but nonetheless his unwavering spirit in persevering for the things he wants in life is truly a lesson that we can learn from. This is definitely a MUST READ but I think it would be better if you read Angela's Ashes 1st to know more about his childhood and his family members before proceeding to read this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After I saw the movie Angela's Ashes, I read the book and bought this book nearly a month ago. I love the way he direct his readers, his writing is fascinating from the beginning to the end. I'm currently on Chapter 48 and I'm afraid to finish the book because I want it to keep going!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I finally read this book after putting it off a few years after hearing mixed reviews. I can honestly say that it was worth reading and I'm glad that I finally purchased it. There are some slow spots such as dry descriptions of his attempts to stir up interest in his disaffected students, but overall I found this to be an excellent sequel to Angela's Ashes. And I was absorbed by the details of his visits back to Ireland and the details of his parents' lives as they aged. And he does it with the consitent humor that made AA so captivating. No Pulitzer Prize for this book, but I definitely recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Tis was an incredible book. I'm of Irish heritage and the plot just totally blew me away. I had no idea how badly the Irish were treated in New York decades ago. McCourt describes his hardships in New York in a way that you feel like you're actually there. A MUST READ for anybody who has read Angela's Ashes or for anybody looking to read a great book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was such a great book- i couldn't put it down. i would read it at work and get so into it i wouldn't see costomers. great book
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read AA a couple of years ago and thought it was excellent - i didn't know there was going to be a sequel, so imagine my surprise when I found 'Tis: A Memoir! I thought this book was equally as good but for different reasons, the main one being Frank finding a life for himself and doing something he truelly loves doing - thank you, it was a great read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As soon as I finished 'Angela's Ashes', I had to know what happened to Frank McCourt when he arrived in America. The book was just as good as the first one. It had my attention all the way through. Frank's numerous adventures and experiences will make you laugh. It will make you feel sad at the end with the loss of his parents. Frank McCourt talks of his adventures in America with a style unlike any other author. I hope to see more books written by him.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great colclusion to Angela's Ashes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A good read, there are a lot of parallels within his life and mine though my heritage does not stem from Ireland. Shows an innocent generation who through education brought forth his understanding of the world around him and his ability to deal with what he thought as his mom and dad's shortcomings and his view of life.