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MacDonald, eight years old when the riots hit, gives an explosive account of the asphalt warfare. Most of them were amazed that I had never read it, having taught at Boston Collegiate Charter School, which was founded in the late 90’s as a response to the alarming death rate a,l Southie teens.

We as citizens have the right to own firearms. Looking for More Great Reads? One of the best memoirs I have ever read. Michael MacDonald brings us a poor and intensely insular neighbourhood which its residents agree is the “best place in the world”.

September Learn how and when to remove this template message. Read reviews that mention south boston whitey bulger old colony michael patrick angela ashes well written must read patrick macdonald read this book highly recommend michael sols great read great book reading this book high school place in the world best place busing riots forced busing recommend this book.

The MacDonald children are caught up in the busing fiasco, and as the younger son, he sees through clear eyes the effect it has upon not only upon his siblings but upon the community. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. The author is passionate about the neighborhood where This book made me realize that one of the reasons I like memoirs so much is that I enjoy reading about other people’s lives and then being judgmental about all the things they are doing wrong.


Yes, there is racism. The f It actually took me quite awhile to finish this book. Especially, because seeing people trapped in a terrible environment, and unable to get out of, to break the vicious cycle. I had two colleagues at work, Joe and Michael, both from Southie, who had advised me not to go there without one of them sould escort me.

Even the parts of All Souls that were set a block froom from my home in Jamaica Plain seem completely foreign to me, which is evidence of how quickly a city’s culture can shift.

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I read this book for the political and social issues that South Boston experienced in the 60’s and 70’s; the forced busing, racism, and the Mafia ties. His swift, conversational style sweeps you into his anger and sorrow.

First, I was having trouble keeping track of all the characters, many of whom are siblings, but many are not. It’s a tough area and by the age of six the children have usually been at least one serious brawl to gain the respect of their peers.

Their apartment was infested with cockroaches, they didn’t always have food, and she still wouldn’t get a job. There is a nearly frenetic quality to the telling. For those of us who came from tough beginnings, this story will resonate. I would have expected to feel more compassion for this family, seemingly stuck in the projects But, as the book progressed I found myself losing interest.


This was a place that ambulances and fire trucks I initially read this book when it came out, probably 10 years ago.

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A culture of corruption that kept people in those circumstances. The sotry of the “hub of the educational universe”, as an overtly racist enclave, intensified greatly at that time and still lingers today.

Full of insight into the impact that poverty and violence has on the people in his life, Michael MacDonald paints a loving portrait of both his immediate family and his extended family, the community. It was a year that persuaded me that I fit better in Los Angeles. All the usual tear jerking, hand wringing stuff. This book was extremely shocking and pretty disturbing. I found myself oddly at odds with myself.

He continues to work nationally with survivor families and young people in the anti-violence movement. A Family Story From Southie. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. For those of us who came from easier beginnings, frrom story may well be an eye opener. Everyone should read dtory book.