All Souls has ratings and reviews. Tasha said: So many people told me I was going to love this book. Most of them were amazed that I had never. first printing, All Souls takes us deep into Michael Patrick MacDonald’s Southie, the way of his own beguiling style, try All Souls: A Family Story from Southie. All Souls: A Family Story from Southie. A breakaway bestseller since it first appeared in , All Souls takes us deep into Michael Patrick MacDonald’s Southie.

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Early on, I read the smattering of negative reviews. There is one chapter in souks book, especially, when it just doesn’t seem like the trauma is going to end but sure enough Michael comes out on the other side full of hope and a plan to bring the community back to life.

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All Souls is poised to become one of the most significant Irish American books of the era. It’s also a searing portrayal of life in a poor, white famoly plagued by violence and crime and deeply in denial about it. It is totally not clear to me sous Michael still liked his neighborhood or wanted to go back there.

Unfortunately, Boston was not just a college town. Share your thoughts with other customers. The details of the story filled in a lot of historical gaps for me that really helped me understand my adopted hometown much better.


A Memoir of Roots and Rebellion have been adopted by university curriculums across the country. This story was very much about the violence and corruption in the heart of a US city. As a supporter of school integration, I saw this as a deliberate strategy to undermine school integration.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Too soon “Southie” becomes a place controlled by a resident gangster, later revealed to be an informant for the FBI.

Welfare mothers, having more babies by different fathers; unemployed alcoholic men hanging out on the street with a paper bag; dropouts; shoplifting and theft and gangs.

Archived from the original on Jan 24, Jenny Becker rated it it was amazing. I would grab a tablet to write down the names of all the characters as they appear, open Google Camily to South Boston, at the skuthie of 8th Street and Dorchester Street not Dorchester Avenueand the traffic circle where Old Colony meets Columbia and Preble.

Michael seemed to be the only one who had maintained situational awareness and caught on to what was really going on. This was not the case in South Boston. MacDonald’s book vividly describes just how senseless it appeared to him. dtory

Jan 03, Christine Henry rated it it alp amazing. Very well written and very touching. After losing four siblings and seeing his generation decimated by poverty, crime, and addiction, he became a leading Boston activist, helping launch many antiviolence initiatives, including gun-buyback programs. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. I moved there for work, excited to move to a college town, in the state that voted for George McGovern. See all reviews.

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All Souls: A Family Story from Southie

Like busing, the Bulger reign is its own enormous sociological event that MacDonald experienced first hand, and we get perspective not found in the other books on the stroy.

Why, when she couldn’t afford to feed or clothe her children, was she continuing to get pregnant? Boston has changed and so has Southiebut the time I lived there is chronicled in this book.

Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. At one point I had to put it down because there was too much, all at once, but that only proves how important it is for the story to famiky told.

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So many people told me I was going to love this book. By reading this book you will learn a lot from it so i think everyone should try to read it if they want. Full of insight into the impact that poverty and violence has on the people in his life, Michael MacDonald paints a loving portrait of both his immediate family and his extended family, the community.

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