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Easter Rising: A Memoir of Roots and Rebellion

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ISBN13: 9780618918638
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Michael Patrick MacDonald's memoir All Souls told the story of the loss of four of his siblings to the violence, poverty, and gangsterism of Irish South Boston. In his numerous speaking engagements ever since, MacDonald is frequently asked, "How did you get out?" Easter Rising is the searing answer to that question. Desperate to escape the "normal" route of violence and drugs that surrounds him, MacDonald finds his identity in the burgeoning punk rock movement. His forays into the Boston underground and New York's East Village pull him into the club scene vortex of Johnny Rotten, Mission of Burma, and the Clash.

At nineteen MacDonald heads to Paris and then London. Running out of money, he contacts his Irish immigrant grandfather — who once accused him of "worshipping the devil with the punk rocks." Grandpa offers a loan, but only if Michael promises to visit Ireland. It is this journey "home" that offers MacDonald a chance at reconciliation with his tumultuous past.

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"In All Souls, MacDonald told the heartbreaking story of the tragic deaths of four of his siblings and his family's suffering amidst a culture of silence in Southie, Boston's tough Irish ghetto. He also introduced the enduring character of his accordian-playing, fist-fighting 'Ma,' who raised her massive family on her own. MacDonald's second memoir continues the saga with the author turning his gaze upon himself in hope of explaining how he escaped where his brethren succumbed. It quickly becomes apparent that his survival has much to do with his perpetual status as the exile. He's the 'quiet one' in his big Irish-Catholic family, the poor kid at Boston Latin High School. When his friends branch into drugs and alcohol, MacDonald remains sober, seeking refuge and a renewed sense of self in Boston's burgeoning early '80s punk rock scene, where he encounters such seminal figures as the Clash and Johnny Rotten. As the odd man out looking for a place to fit in, MacDonald journeys further and further away from Southie — first to downtown Boston, then to New York's Lower East Side — and the dangerous neighborhood rites that spelled doom for his family members. The book takes on a different tone as MacDonald heads to Europe after going to the Southie funeral of his father, a man he never knew. On different occasions — once with Ma — he finds his way to Ireland, his ancestral homeland, 'to understand more about Southie, and Irish America in general.' Even though MacDonald is far from the first Irish-American to discover the auld sod, he continues to courageously break Southie's silence in this tale of a journey that is as inspiring as it is haunting. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Though the author, now a social activist, emerged physically unscathed from his upbringing, the emotional scars he bears are undeniable." Kirkus Reviews

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"MacDonald deftly captures the thrilling and surprising initial relevance of the underground culture, shrugging off the more juvenile aspects that would soon pervade its aesthetic." Booklist

Synopsis:

This follow-up to his memoir All Souls tells of MacDonald's desperate need to escape the "normal" route of violence and drugs that surrounded him in Boston. He chronicles how he found his identity in the burgeoning New York punk rock movement of the 1970s.

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In All Souls, Michael Patrick MacDonald told the story of the loss of four of his siblings to the violence, poverty, and gangsterism of Irish South Boston. In Easter Rising he tells the story of how he got out. Desperate to avoid the “normal” life of Southie, Michael reinvents himself in the burgeoning punk rock movement and the thrilling vortex of Johnny Rotten, Mission of Burma, and the Clash.

At nineteen MacDonald escapes further, to Paris and then London. Out of money, he contacts his Irish immigrant grandfather — who offers a loan, but only if Michael will visit Ireland. It is this reluctant journey “home” that offers MacDonald a chance at reconciliation — with his heritage, his neighborhood, and his family — and a way forward.

About the Author

Michael Patrick MacDonald, the author of the best-selling All Souls: A Family Story from Southie, is currently writing the screenplay for All Souls under an option agreement with Crossroads Entertainment. Ron Shelton is scheduled to direct the movie.

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lukas, March 13, 2008 (view all comments by lukas)
Boston born and raised MacDonald was in town recently and was gracious enough to come read at Roosevelt High School. Students who usually aren't interested in literature where transfixed by his blunt, vivid writing and the rough background he had to overcome. It was inspiring in the best sense of the word. A follow up to his earlier memoir, All Souls.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780618918638
Author:
MacDonald, Michael Patrick
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Location:
Boston
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Non-Classifiable
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Number:
11
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20080331
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TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
256
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8.25 x 5.5 in 0.52 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In All Souls, MacDonald told the heartbreaking story of the tragic deaths of four of his siblings and his family's suffering amidst a culture of silence in Southie, Boston's tough Irish ghetto. He also introduced the enduring character of his accordian-playing, fist-fighting 'Ma,' who raised her massive family on her own. MacDonald's second memoir continues the saga with the author turning his gaze upon himself in hope of explaining how he escaped where his brethren succumbed. It quickly becomes apparent that his survival has much to do with his perpetual status as the exile. He's the 'quiet one' in his big Irish-Catholic family, the poor kid at Boston Latin High School. When his friends branch into drugs and alcohol, MacDonald remains sober, seeking refuge and a renewed sense of self in Boston's burgeoning early '80s punk rock scene, where he encounters such seminal figures as the Clash and Johnny Rotten. As the odd man out looking for a place to fit in, MacDonald journeys further and further away from Southie — first to downtown Boston, then to New York's Lower East Side — and the dangerous neighborhood rites that spelled doom for his family members. The book takes on a different tone as MacDonald heads to Europe after going to the Southie funeral of his father, a man he never knew. On different occasions — once with Ma — he finds his way to Ireland, his ancestral homeland, 'to understand more about Southie, and Irish America in general.' Even though MacDonald is far from the first Irish-American to discover the auld sod, he continues to courageously break Southie's silence in this tale of a journey that is as inspiring as it is haunting. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Though the author, now a social activist, emerged physically unscathed from his upbringing, the emotional scars he bears are undeniable."
"Review" by , "MacDonald deftly captures the thrilling and surprising initial relevance of the underground culture, shrugging off the more juvenile aspects that would soon pervade its aesthetic."
"Synopsis" by , This follow-up to his memoir All Souls tells of MacDonald's desperate need to escape the "normal" route of violence and drugs that surrounded him in Boston. He chronicles how he found his identity in the burgeoning New York punk rock movement of the 1970s.
"Synopsis" by ,
In All Souls, Michael Patrick MacDonald told the story of the loss of four of his siblings to the violence, poverty, and gangsterism of Irish South Boston. In Easter Rising he tells the story of how he got out. Desperate to avoid the “normal” life of Southie, Michael reinvents himself in the burgeoning punk rock movement and the thrilling vortex of Johnny Rotten, Mission of Burma, and the Clash.

At nineteen MacDonald escapes further, to Paris and then London. Out of money, he contacts his Irish immigrant grandfather — who offers a loan, but only if Michael will visit Ireland. It is this reluctant journey “home” that offers MacDonald a chance at reconciliation — with his heritage, his neighborhood, and his family — and a way forward.

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