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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; Reprint edition (3 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618918639
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618918638
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
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Michael Patrick MacDonald helped launch Boston s successful gun-buyback program and is founder of the South Boston Vigil Group. He has won the American Book Award, a New England Literary Lights Award, and the Myers Center Outstanding Book Award administered by the Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights in North America. His second book, the highly acclaimed memoir Easter Rising, was published in 2006, and will be available in paperback from Houghton Mifflin in March, 2008. He is currently writing the screenplay of All Souls for director Ron Shelton. MacDonald lives in Brooklyn.

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In the follow up to his successful and riveting memoir, All Souls, MacDonald takes us along for another ride—this time through his teen years in the Irish ghetto of Boston’s Southie. He says he wrote this in response to the readers of his first book who only wanted to know how he’d got himself out of what can only be described as a desperate (and seemingly impossible to escape) childhood. MacDonald was the third youngest of seven kids, raised by the singular ‘Ma’ and when we catch up with him in this installment is just discovering the punk scene of the early seventies. His exploits into the underground scene are fascinating and hysterical (his run ins with Johnny Rotten and Siouxsie Suh are jaw-dropping). MacDonald has a knack for creating atmosphere—his descriptions of his brief foray into the drug culture of New York fortified my resolve to stay away from hard drugs. Neither sentimental nor sensationalistic, his story is one of truth and hope and all the incarnations a person has to go through before finding their real self. (It’s also about some really kick-booty music.)
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By A. Ross TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 5 Oct. 2010
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I almost never read memoirs, they just aren't that interesting to me. But for some reason this one caught my eye and I decided to give it twenty pages or so. Those twenty pages didn't grip me, but they were enough to make me give it another twenty pages, and on in that vein until I was halfway through the book. MacDonald's previous book (All Souls) was apparently all about the hard life growing up in Boston's Irish-Catholic "Southie" neighborhood (as seen in movies such as The Departed, Mystic River, Boondock Saints, Good Will Hunting, Gone Baby Gone, and many more). I didn't read that book, but now that I've read this, it's hard to imagine what it would contain that's not in this one. MacDonald writes well in his own voice, as he describes how he "got out" of the cycle of poverty, drugs, crime, etc. that doomed so many of his siblings and friends. What freed him from all that was discovering underground music, specifically the punk scene that was just bubbling up in the late 1970s on the heels of English punk. The discovery of a whole new world and a whole different way of thinking liberated him and took him on a completely different life path from that which killed four of his brothers. To a much less dramatic extent, I had the same experience with punk music, and I suppose that link to my own adolescence is what kept me reading. The other elements of the book (various family tragedies, trips to Ireland to connect with his ancestors, etc.) are all well-written, but just not that interesting to me, although I expect readers who like memoirs will find them much more compelling. There are also some somewhat awkward jumps in time, and elisions of his life story which make the overall framework a bit choppy.Read more ›
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A further wonderful read from this Author
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x92f886cc) out of 5 stars 21 reviews
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92fad018) out of 5 stars Read this book!!!! 14 July 2008
By G. rush - Published on Amazon.com
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If you've read "ALL SOULS" you need to read this book too. Also, if you ever have a chance to attend a reading by Michael, GO!!!
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MacDonald's first book told of the loss of the author's four siblings to the violence, poverty, and gangsterism of Boston's Irish-American ghetto. The question "How did you get out?" has haunted him ever since. This narrative of reinvention begins with the young MacDonald's first forays outside the soul-crushing walls of Southie's Old Colony housing project. In greater Boston and eventually New York's East Village, he becomes part of the club scene, providing a 1980s social history and a powerful glimpse of what punk music was for him: a lifesaving form of subversion and self-education. Yet family tragedies eventually draw him home again, to a devastating breakdown induced by trauma and guilt. He meets his father for the first time, as a corpse. Finally, two trips to Ireland, the first as an alienated young man, the second with his extraordinary "Ma," are healing journeys unlike any other in Irish-American literature.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92fad474) out of 5 stars All Souls and Easter Rising 28 May 2013
By Jennifer Woodward - Published on Amazon.com
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You don't have to be Irish to love these memoirs by Boston's own, MickPaddieMack. I recommend that you read them consecutively. While they are graphic and evoke extreme emotion, the stark reality of growing up in the Southie projects is for real. No matter how bad your childhood, you will get down on your knees and praise heaven that what you got wasn't this. You will howl out loud laughing and sob wrenchingly, often within the span of one perfectly-penned sentence. These are not books to be read in public. Unfortunately, I did just that on two long plane rides in a middle seat. My aisle seat mate thought I was clearly unhinged, while the window seat mate patted me on the arm and asked me if I was feeling all right. I spent most of the flights in the bathroom so I could howl and sob in relative peace. I assure you these are books you will never forget. The only bad thing about them is the way you feel when you finish. You want to find Michael and ask him to be your BFF, to update you on his and his family's lives, and to hold you and never let you go.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92faee94) out of 5 stars Down and Out in Boston 5 Oct. 2010
By A. Ross - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I almost never read memoirs, they just aren't that interesting to me. But for some reason this one caught my eye and I decided to give it twenty pages or so. Those twenty pages didn't grip me, but they were enough to make me give it another twenty pages, and on in that vein until I was halfway through the book. MacDonald's previous book (All Souls: A Family Story from Southie) was apparently all about the hard life growing up in Boston's Irish-Catholic "Southie" neighborhood (as seen in movies such as The Departed, Mystic River, Boondock Saints, Good Will Hunting, Gone Baby Gone, and many more). I didn't read that book, but now that I've read this, it's hard to imagine what it would contain that's not in this one. MacDonald writes well in his own voice, as he describes how he "got out" of the cycle of poverty, drugs, crime, etc. that doomed so many of his siblings and friends. What freed him from all that was discovering underground music, specifically the punk scene that was just bubbling up in the late 1970s on the heels of English punk. The discovery of a whole new world and a whole different way of thinking liberated him and took him on a completely different life path from that which killed four of his brothers. To a much less dramatic extent, I had the same experience with punk music, and I suppose that link to my own adolescence is what kept me reading. The other elements of the book (various family tragedies, trips to Ireland to connect with his ancestors, etc.) are all well-written, but just not that interesting to me, although I expect readers who like memoirs will find them much more compelling. There are also some somewhat awkward jumps in time, and elisions of his life story which make the overall framework a bit choppy. On the whole, I still can't decide if I'm glad I read it or not -- I fell neither richer or poorer for the hours spent, but I suspect that has more to do with me than the book. If you like memoirs and have an interest in Boston, or punk rock, or people's struggle to escape their circumstances, give it a chance.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92faeeac) out of 5 stars Almost as good as All Souls. I've read it several times. This recent purchase was as a gift for a friend. 23 Sept. 2013
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Excellent coming of age story set in Boston. The author also wrote ALL SOULS, a candid, informative view of family life in South Boston during the 1970's busing and drug crisis. Michael Patrick MacDonald writes from the soul. He's easy to read and hard to forget.
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HASH(0x92faeed0) out of 5 stars Easter rising 17 Jun. 2013
By Paul Natale - Published on Amazon.com
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I had read "All Souls" a few months back and had ordered this book(easter rising) shortly after finishing "All Souls" but I did not get to it until now.
I enjoyed this much as much as the first. I am not Irish (actually Italian)but the stories are so similar to ones I had heard.
If you grew up back east, and can track your relatives to Europe, you are sure to enjoy this book
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