All Souls: A Family Story from Southie

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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
However there is no real happy ending. - Goodreads
Loving his writing style so far. - Goodreads
MacDonald isn't the world's greatest writer, but - Goodreads
His writing is excellent and entertaining. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Sue Wargo - Goodreads

This has been in the TBR pile forever along with the companion Easter Rising. After reading a string of books on Whitey Bulger, it was time to read this book. It's a very compelling but sad story of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Christian Lainez - Goodreads

The Book "All Souls" by Michael Patrick MacDonald is very powerful book. I think it was very courageous thing of him to do because of all the pain he had felt even remembering everything he has gone ... Read full review

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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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