All Souls: A Family Story from Southie

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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% 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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MacDonald was a speaker at a UU event I attended. His story was poignant, compelling, and heart-breaking. I bought the book he had written, which provided greater detail, and found it equally ... Read full review

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a grim memoir of a large family many doomed in South Boston — Nonfiction In All Souls, MacDonald takes us deep into the secret heart of Southie. With radiant insight, he opens up a contradictory ... Read full review

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All Souls Night
13
Freedoms
16
Ghetto Heaven
50
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