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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Crime, Justice, and Society: I do believe all these realities create huge roadblocks to people being able to change their predicament. The book is interesting for its image of Southie as seen through the eyes of a child southiw up there.

He writes exactly how I presume he talks. Instead I got one of the saddest, but not uncommon, stories I’ve read in a long time. We meet his mother, Ma MacDonald, an accordion-playing, spiked-heel-wearing, indomitable mother to all; Whitey Bulger, the lord of Southie, gangster and father figure, protector and punisher; and Michael’s beloved siblings, nearly half of whom were lost forever to drugs, murder, or suicide.

Pages with related products. But she stayed in Southie and kept her kids living on that knife edge.

Jul 28, Buy. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Helen King was so familu smart, she wouldn’t take no for an answer, and she stood up for her convictions, yet she couldn’t get her kids out of Southie, such a dangerous and scary place, long before her youngest child shory a teenager? Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. But MacDonald leaves us no doubt that his guitar-playing, man-loving mother loves her children, against all the odds of poverty and violence and failed romance.


MacDonald writes well, and my only complaint might have been that a few of his stories felt like they built up well but ended aol anything really happening; but one must remember that this is a memoir, and life doesn’t work out as neatly as fiction does. Repeatedly describing his neighborhood as the best place on earth, he shines light into the corners of adversity and suffering.

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The poverty was more of a supporting role, a “just one more” reason why the construct of South Boston existed. However, having This book was a strange roller coaster. I laughed, I cried, I wanted to throw the book at the wall, and I gawked at the wall sometimes. Add both to Cart Add both to List. Rfom rated it it was amazing. Unfortunately, Boston was not just a college town.

All Souls: A Family Story from Southie

I initially read this book when it came out, probably 10 years ago. Most of them were amazed that I had never read southei, having taught at Boston Collegiate Charter School, which was founded in the late 90’s as a response to the alarming death rate among Southie teens.

The familt of the “hub of the educational universe”, as an overtly racist enclave, intensified greatly at that time and still lingers today. Jan 03, Christine Henry rated it it was amazing.

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I don’t know my psychology sue, emmabut the drawn out busing riots and the complete denial of what was happening in their own streets by their own people Mary and Joe, the twins, used to pass one teenage girl in the courtyard who made them pull down frm pants in order to get by. It’s like watching a really bad mafia movie, when you feel it’s too much to make sense, but that was the life in Crom.


I knew it was good for me but my soul felt like it had cramps. Ships from and sold by Amazon. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Trivia About All Souls: It’s also a searing portrayal of life in a poor, white neighborhood plagued by violence and crime and deeply in denial soufhie it. It was an incredible story told in a very credible voice. And cases were not even investigated which encouraged “street justice”. I found myself getting caught up in these emotions, empathizing with MacDonald every step of the way.

Don’t have a Kindle? If Helen King put more effort into raising her children and looking at her situation logically, instead of focusing on her appearance, boyfriends, fami,y her popularity among her peers then maybe her kids might have had a fighting chance at better lives. She was on her own, mothering all these kids but to say the truth, without much success with all the deaths and drugs, and comas and dysfunctional: