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All Souls: A Family Story from Southie

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ISBN13: 9780345441775
ISBN10: 034544177x
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Michael Patrick MacDonald grew up in "the best place in the world" — the Old Colony projects of South Boston — where 85 percent of the residents collect welfare in an area with the highest concentration of impoverished whites in the U.S. In All Souls, MacDonald takes us deep into the secret heart of Southie. With radiant insight, he opens up a contradictory world, where residents are besieged by gangs and crime but refuse to admit any problems, remaining fiercely loyal to their community. MacDonald also introduces us to the unforgettable people who inhabit this proud neighborhood. We meet his mother, Ma MacDonald, an accordion-playing, spiked-heel-wearing, indomitable mother to all; Whitey Bulger, the lord of Southie, gangster and father figure, protector and punisher; and Michael's beloved siblings, nearly half of whom were lost forever to drugs, murder, or suicide. By turns explosive and touching, All Souls ultimately shares a powerful message of hope, renewal, and redemption.

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"In this plainly written, powerful memoir, MacDonald....paints a frightening portrait of a community under intense economic and social stress, issuing a forceful plea for understanding and justice." Publishers Weekly

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"His anecdotes have the searing power of a redeemed sinner's fiery sermon. His swift, conversational style sweeps you into his anger and sorrow. He is a born rabble-rouser whose emotional power numbs the reader's reason." Charles Carberry, USA Today

Synopsis:

In this searing, coming-of-age memoir, told through the eyes of the troubled yet keenly gifted observer he was even as a child, MacDonald describes growing up poor, Irish, and proud in the South Boston projects. 11 illustrations.

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lbmarion40, February 22, 2007 (view all comments by lbmarion40)
Throughout reading this book, it brought back memories of my growing up in the 1970's. You talked about welfare, the cheese, and just the everyday happenings. This reminded me of my childhood and my teen years. It funny or should I say ironic looking back. I lived in lowell, ma in a housing project with many of the same daily paralell memories. People were dying or addicted or trying to scam someone. I remember traveling through roxbury in 1974 iwas the only white person in the group and we were discussing how a white person couldn't be caught walking through roxbury and here i come straight off the subway with friends to visit friend, a white guy comes walking around the corner with his nose all busted up. we all decided i would be spanish that day. A week earlier friends were traveling through south boston to get to kelly's landing to take a boat to thompsons island. One of them was beat up due to being african american. I was in upward bound that summer and we spend most of the time in boston. I remember what was happening around that time. I was happy to read the book it brought back memories whether good or bad. these memories need to be remembered and hopefully in time aren't repeated or we need to remind ourselves on what social ignorances need to be worked on.

Sincerely, lisa marion
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345441775
Subtitle:
A Family Story from Southie
Author:
MacDonald, Michael Patrick
Author:
MacDonald, Michael Patrick
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Ethnic Cultures
Subject:
Family/Interpersonal Memoir
Subject:
Irish americans
Subject:
Boston
Subject:
Regional Subjects - New England
Subject:
Irish American families
Subject:
South Boston
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Ethnic Cultures - General
Subject:
General Biography
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
FS-105-00
Publication Date:
20001003
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.16x5.54x.85 in. .60 lbs.

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History and Social Science » Americana » New England and Mid Atlantic
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Product details 304 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780345441775 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this plainly written, powerful memoir, MacDonald....paints a frightening portrait of a community under intense economic and social stress, issuing a forceful plea for understanding and justice." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "His anecdotes have the searing power of a redeemed sinner's fiery sermon. His swift, conversational style sweeps you into his anger and sorrow. He is a born rabble-rouser whose emotional power numbs the reader's reason."
"Synopsis" by , In this searing, coming-of-age memoir, told through the eyes of the troubled yet keenly gifted observer he was even as a child, MacDonald describes growing up poor, Irish, and proud in the South Boston projects. 11 illustrations.
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