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All Souls: A Family Story from Southie | [Michael Patrick MacDonald]

All Souls: A Family Story from Southie

A breakaway best seller 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 mini-skirted, accordion-playing single mother who endures the deaths of four of her eleven children.
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A breakaway best seller 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 mini-skirted, 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.

©2007 Michael MacDonald (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Shantanu Sharma Washington, DC 06-25-13
    Shantanu Sharma Washington, DC 06-25-13 Member Since 2012

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    "If I could' I would've finished the book in a sing"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I downloaded All Souls on 6/17 and and finished all 8 hours and 24 minutes of it by this 6/21. And this is with a full time job that includes travel, a 2 year old at home and assorted other activities. I was hooked from the moment I started. I am about as far removed from Southie as can be. I was born in India to middle class parents with the means to educate me, came to the US when I was 28 and being in IT, have managed to carve out a comfortable suburban existence for the 15 years I have been in the US. But I have always been in part fascinated and in part befuddled by the poverty in America. In India, and in other 3rd world countries, the poor are everywhere and in your face. In the US they remain hidden in places like Southie and even there too there is a narrative that seems to cast this sheen of quasi prosperity on them. I think America is in denial about its poor and books like these are a window into their lives. And with one political party capable of only mean spiritedness towards the poor and the other making only half hearted attempts towards any form of poverty alleviation, people like Michael Macdonald play an indispensable role today in educating us of our problems as well as suggesting concrete steps towards helping the poor.I think the best way to describe the book was that by the end, I felt a sense of kinship and connection with all the characters in the book, particularly the mother. And this, when I have very little in common with them. That is a sign of a good book, one that appeals to your emotions and exposes you to a world beyond your own and motivates you to take action.Highly recommended.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Michael's mother.


    Have you listened to any of Michael MacDonald’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES!


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Susie Santa Cruz, CA, United States 09-30-13
    Susie Santa Cruz, CA, United States 09-30-13 Member Since 2012

    I'm Audible's first Editor-at-Large, the host of In Bed with Susie Bright -- and a longtime author, editor, journo, and bookworm. I listen to audio when I'm cooking, playing cards, knitting, going to bed, waking up, driving, and putting other people's kids to bed! My favorite audiobooks, ever, are: "True Grit" and "The Dog of the South."

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    "Braving Memories to Bring Southie to Life"

    Michael MacDonald re-lived his life story as he read his memoir—he was reluctant to take the assignment, and I can see why; he is present in every moment, no matter how poignant or raw. He IS Southie.

    This is an essential reading of the Irish-American experience, a Boston touchstone to be sure.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    JS Colorado, United States 01-18-14
    JS Colorado, United States 01-18-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Memoir about Growing up in South Boston"
    Where does All Souls rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's at the top of the list of the ones I have listened to recently.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course it was Michael as it is his story about loving Southie in spite of the forced busing, violence, and loss of siblings.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Patrick MacDonald’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Southie, the Greatest Neighborhood.


    Any additional comments?

    I grew up in the Boston suburbs and lived in Boston in the same time period and never understood until now what it was like in South Boston. I was one of those outsiders who, the one time I ventured in to see the St Patrick's Day Parade, was hit by a beer bottle.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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