All Souls: A Family Story from Southie (Google eBook)

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Beacon Press, Jul 28, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 266 pages
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A breakaway bestseller since its first printing, All Souls takes us deep into Michael Patrick MacDonald's Southie, the proudly insular neighborhood with the highest concentration of white poverty in America. Rocked by Whitey Bulger's crime schemes and busing riots, MacDonald's Southie is populated by sharply hewn characters like his Ma, a miniskirted, accordion-playing single mother who endures the deaths of four of her eleven children. Nearly suffocated by his grief and his community's code of silence, MacDonald tells his family story here with gritty but moving honesty. 
  

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Easy to read and very interesting. - Goodreads
Just don't expect happy endings. - Goodreads
Loving his writing style so far. - Goodreads
However there is no real happy ending. - Goodreads
His writing is excellent and entertaining. - Goodreads
I did not care as much for the writing style. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Carrie Kaplowitz - Goodreads

I would give this book 3 1/2 stars. It was well written and it came from a heart so broken but not without hope. I learned a great deal about the forced busing in the 70's in Boston. Since I recently ... Read full review

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User Review  - Cheryl - Goodreads

South Boston was a brutal world to grow up in, and the author tells in painful detail how he and his eight brothers and sisters managed to survive...or not. The world of Whitey Bulger was not what it appeared on the surface, as we now know. Fascinating, disturbing. Read full review

Contents

All Souls Night
Freedoms 3 Ghetto Heaven 4 Fight the Power
Looking for Whitey
August
Holy Water
StandUp
Exile 10 Justice
Vigil Acknowledgments
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

Michael Patrick MacDonald helped launch Boston’s successful gun-buyback program and is founder of the South Boston Vigil Group. He has won the American Book Award, a New England Literary Lights Award, and the Myers Center Outstanding Book Award administered by the Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights in North America. His second book, the highly acclaimed memoir Easter Rising, was published in 2006, and will be available in paperback from Houghton Mifflin in March, 2008. He is currently writing the screenplay of All Souls for director Ron Shelton. MacDonald lives in Brooklyn.

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