I found both "Angela's Ashes" and "Tis" and "Teacher Man" to be wonderful memoirs full of humor and courage in the face of adversity. Frank McCourt was a self-made man and an Irishman who knew the value of good storytelling. May he rest in peace.
Angela's Ashes Author McCourt Dies in NYC at 78 (AP)
Frank McCourt, the beloved raconteur and former public school teacher who enjoyed post-retirement fame as the author of Angela's Ashes, the Pulitzer Prize-winning "epic of woe" about his impoverished Irish childhood, died Sunday of cancer. NYT: McCourt was a storyteller even as a teacher. Salon: McCourt resisted sentimentality, lacing his unhappy memories with humor and joy.