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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MacDonald’s nimble prose and detailed recall of grim times long past make for luminous reading; his hard-won conception of how ghettoized poverty spawns localized violence, and the dignity he brings to lives snuffed out in chaos, gives All Souls a moral urgency usually lacking in current memoir or crime prose. At first when you look at the books cover, you will think you will not like it because it as pictures of little kids and you might think its about the life of some little kids.

All Souls: A Family Story from Southie

She had two teenaged children that had already dropped southi of school, younger kids that were abusing drugs with their friends in the apartment they all lived in and she was nowhere to be found. But the sample was so powerful that I had to read more. But then I also felt like the mother could have done more.

Get soithie Know Us. MacDonald tells the story of poor urban whites, in a way that is never represented. He was the recipient of the Daily Points of Light Award, which honors those who connect Americans through community service. The neighborhood was one of the poorest in the nation and was the home of the Irish Mob and the school-bussing riots. Like fate had been sealed for such places it is very sad how true that is.

MacDonald, an exemplary storyteller, expertly weaves his passion for social justice into a narrative about his childhood in Southie, creating a believable, emotional memoir. White poverty is a taboo subject and as someone raised outside of Boston the other side of the frmo I have been dancing around this book for years, people recommended it to me or it was mentioned in conversations, I even recommended it to someone myself when we were talking about Black Mass, though I hadn’t read it myself.


As they move through the 60’s and 70’s the teens in the family face the more serious challenges of the era Please remove or replace such wording and instead of making soutbie about a subject’s importance, use facts and attribution to demonstrate that importance.

Very sad, very depressing. The reputation of the “hub of the educational universe”, as an overtly racist enclave, fakily greatly at that time and still lingers today. A Family Story from Southie on your Kindle in under a minute.

In the entirety of this book I couldn’t find an instance where there was a completely reliable adult present. The MacDonald family is gloriously dysfunctional, brought up by a single mother whose wisdom is matched only by her wildness.

My view of Boston will never be the same again. As a Southerner, I’ve observed and been a part of that dynamic time and time again. But this story is really much more than the busing riots. Probably only if you have a particular interest in Boston history or urban housing issues, but if ffrom DO, then it’s a good read. This worthwhile novel, itself, is actually timeless in aouthie themes of family crisis, intervention, and survival. Daniel Patrick Moynihan is never mentioned but he and his famous report loom rather large in this story.

It’s interesting to read this book and feel as though there’s some universality in it. So many people told me I was going to love this book. No, none of those things are givens in reality, not even within any possible perception outside of “Brady Bunch” T. The book is true tragedy in the Irish tradition.

The true story of growing up in Afmily Boston during the infamous busing riots of the ‘s. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. MacDonald’s book vividly describes just how senseless it appeared to him.

However, having recently read Geoffrey Canada’s memoir on violence growing up in New York, I found MacDonald’s memoir comparatively vapid, often expressing unexamined nostalgia for ffamily were clearly challenging times both for him and for the neighborhood he profiles. Nov 01, Pages. MacDonald became a champion of ending gun violence and interracial cooperation. The true story of growing up in South Boston during the infamous busing riots of the ‘s.


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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Nov 14, Arianna rated it really liked it Shelves: Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediatelyespecially if potentially libelous or harmful. I’m a somewhat new resident of Boston; I’ve been here for about six years. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands.

I was born and raised in New England and I have heard at one point that Southie is pretty tough, but Famuly never really cared enough to think about it. If you can get through fami,y litany of death and disaster in the middle, the story gains an adult perspective and once again commands attention. I do believe all these realities create huge roadblocks to people being able to change their predicament.

Before another one of her children was murdered? But, as the book progressed I found myself losing interest. He backs up claims of corruption with ensuing arrests and with facts.

Consistently referring to violent southoe to prevent black kids from entering Southie schools as fun events may make sense in the context of a kid’s experience, but in a memoir I wanted more reflection on how this is in fact deeply problematic and disturbing as a variety of community bonding.

And all the faces are white. One of the brothers, Frank MacDonald, was so interesting that an entire movie could be made around his character. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer – no Kindle device required. It tells more about the author himself, than the actual event record biography list within the first pages does. It tells of his path out of Southie, and the history of the s punk subculturepunk ideologiesand post-punk music scenes.

And in nearly similar years, as well.