All Souls

All Souls

A Family Story From Southie

eBook - 1999
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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.
Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, c1999.
ISBN: 9780807071984
Branch Call Number: Downloadable Ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: HCPLC OverDrive

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Dec 05, 2013

What I appreciate about All Souls is that it doesn't aspire to be an authoritative, exhaustive study of Southie, but rather a very personal and focused description of how it FELT to grow up in that environment. The book isn't loaded down with statistics or many viewpoints-- just MacDonald's recollection of the things his family experienced. His talent as a writer becomes most apparent in the last 50 pages with a story that is so profoundly upsetting that I couldn't put the book down or stop crying. Definitely worth a read.

Jun 21, 2012

An incredible, poignant story of the devastation that a family from the white slums of Boston experienced.
*** It's a rare insider's look and perspective. The author talks about how his neighborhood experienced the social-experiment phenomenon of busing - it was not a positive one.
*** He talks about how the mob exploited and manipulated people's perceptions of what was happening to them. Truly evil.


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