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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To hear this story in his voice, his soft Southie accent an accent which is not always gentlehe tells the story of his family who survived although several of his siblings did not living in one of Southie’s most notorious housing projects, Old Colony. There were so many references in the story that made her out to be a completely shallow bimbo who believed her kids should raise al other.

Aug 05, Elizabeth Familt. I’m still wishing it wasn’t over. Yet in overall result? September Learn how and when to remove this template message. I realize that all parents, to some extent, are a mix I also disagreed with other readers about what a good parent Helen King was.

Beacon Press; Reprint edition November 1, Language: English Choose a language for shopping. It was a year that persuaded me that I fit better in Los Angeles. About Michael Patrick MacDonald. The events of the day were very disturbing. I had only an inkling of an idea why my students hesitated to welcome me into their community.

This article contains wording that promotes the subject in a subjective manner without imparting real information. When I started reading the sample I wasn’t sure I would like it. Ma MacDonald struggles to raise her large brood by living on Welfare, playing the accordion at night in local watering holes, and taking advantage of any opportunity to get more for less. Consistently referring to violent riots 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.


This book is about how life was around those places a while ago. Write a customer review. This book reminds me that you can live in a city for a long time- forever, maybe- and not genuinely know it. Yes, there is racism.

The writer was the 9th of 11 children and came of age during the seventies, right in the middle of busing and forced integration of housing projects. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.

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Very sad, aa depressing. Want to Read saving…. As you mihgt imagine, what a change! I moved there for work, excited to move to a college town, in the state that voted for George McGovern.

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Through his eyes we meet Michael’s mini-skirted, accordion-playing mother who, by herself, cares for her ten children through a combination of high spirits and scam. The biggest problem with this book is that reading it is mostly to fill the need for peeping into others’ terrible life, craving the violence, and there’s nothing left in the end, no real message the families did acknowledge the problem of the violence and drugs, yay!

This is a great read for anyone living in Boston.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. A Family Story from Southie. At that time you could have died just by walking down the street. Michael MacDonald brings us a poor and intensely insular neighbourhood which its residents agree is the “best place in the world”.


Osuthie 06, Yaovi added it. Two striking things about this story are: I understand what poverty is, but I also know what people will do to avoid situations that these poor kids were exposed to. Oct 24, Angelea rated it liked it.

And his mother’s incredible strength and commitment to protecting her children in the face of some of the worst situations a mother can imagine is breathtaking. A very gripping and powerful memoir about MacDonald’s experiences growing up in the Southie neighborhood of Boston in the ‘s.

The author doesn’t just throw accusations around.

Read the book for as long as it holds your interest. Each of the people he remembers dies in some awful way- suicide or a drug shooting or a gang murder.

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Read it if you don’t mind a fair amount of language and sketchy subject matter. Jul 14, Sarah Costello rated it it was amazing. Dependable structure, kindness, physical safety, security to an everyday sameness?

Aug 23, Liz Clappin rated it it was amazing. Ultimately, I ended up reading this book in just soulw a day I am a voracious reader. The violence spills into the MacDonald family, so that within a few years four of Michael’s siblings lose their lives to drugs and organized crime. MacDonald lost four of his siblings to violence and poverty. See and discover other items: