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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A very lovely tribute to the hard-working Boston Irish that I love so much. If you can get through the litany of death and disaster in the middle, the story gains an adult perspective and once again commands attention. I rarely give anything 5 stars but there was no question in this case. He writes about the crime, drugs and violence in his neighborhood in the years following Boston’s busing riots, and of his brothers and sisters, many of whom fell prey to drugs, crime, and suicide.

If you are a person that lives in an area like Jamaica plain, Southie, Dorchester or hyde park, this is a good book for you to read. From the busing riots, to the exploits of Whitey Bulger, to the every day scene of poverty and drugs, my eyes were opened to what life was really like in South Boston in the 60’s,70’s and 80’s.


MacDonald became a champion of ending gun violence and interracial cooperation. The mother was beaten by her husband, an alcoholic, that familg shortly afterfractured her skull on two occasions, and broke her ribs fom another.

May 11, Catherine Bassett rated it it was amazing. How did the city idly stand by while so many children were dying in the streets on Boston’s collective watch? But these were not the only siblings Michael lost to violence and poverty. I did love this book, and I cannot douls of anyone who would not benefit from reading it.

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But then, there was so much death and loss, I’m not sure etory reader could take it if it w Wow! Very well written and very touching. Trust in being safe or secure from the more powerful on the steps?

Michael seemed to be the only one who had maintained situational awareness and caught on to what was really going on.

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It is truly unbelievable at aa. Showing of reviews. To get the free app, enter mobile phone number. For me it did, anyway. This was not the case in South Boston.

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The best part of All Souls for me is the author’s writing style. This memoir is set in Southie, the community in Boston which was made famous during the initiation of the desegragation movement. But it does thoroughly grab your throat with the overall staggering loss stoyr the ever present turmoil and chaos. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Paperbackpages.

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I’m still wishing it wasn’t over. Grandpa turned out to be right about most everything, including when he saw through the myths and hero worship and called out the Bulger brothers for who they really were.

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Visit our Help Pages. When I started reading the sample I wasn’t sure I would like it. One person found this helpful. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Even the parts of All Souls that were set a block away from my home in Jamaica Plain seem completely foreign to me, which is evidence of how quickly a city’s culture can shift.

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.