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
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User Review  - Sue Tandoc - Goodreads

I wanted to love this book more than I did because I used to live 10 minutes from Southie. I would have liked it more if it was written more about the author's family and less about all the news going ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ci'Monique - Goodreads

I'll never forget this story. A book from my personal library. An incredible exploration of sociology and learned racial barriers. Incredibly tragic but equally informative. Read full review


All Souls Night
Freedoms 3 Ghetto Heaven 4 Fight the Power
Looking for Whitey
Holy Water
Exile 10 Justice
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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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