Hungry Hill

Carole O'Malley Gaunt's "Hungry Hill" is a coming-of-age memoir in which the world of high school dances and budding romance is shattered by the death of the author's mother. Seven brothers and an alcoholic father become Gaunt's reality in this harsh yet poignant book set in the working-class Irish world of Springfield, Massachusetts. $19.95 / 284 pages / University of Massachusetts Press)