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Subject: I will NEVER put this book on my shelf!
Date Posted: 12/5/2008 3:53 AM ET
Member Since: 2/24/2006
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All Souls: A Family Story from Southie by Michael Patrick MacDonald

I read -- A LOT -- and this is one of the most disturbing, compelling, depressing and uplifting books I have ever read. My childhood could not have been more different than Michael MacDonald's (except for Irish roots), but I felt I knew everyone in this book. I wanted to take every single MacDonald child -- and Helen -- and put my arms around them and protect them and assure them they were loved. I canNOT say I "enjoyed" this book -- it was too gritty and honest a portrayal of good and decent people trying with all their hearts to make the best life possible in a world that fought their efforts every inch of the way. But the book also reached out and embraced me on every page. I didn't want it to end, and I was in tears when it did. For everyone who cares about the lives of others -- those you know as well as the friends you haven't met yet -- this is THE book to read. I would be proud to call every member of the MacDonald family a friend, and I know I will never forget a single one of them. Thank you, Michael MacDonald, for writing this book. Write another one soon.

Date Posted: 12/5/2008 11:42 AM ET
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Thanks to your post, I've ordered this book from bookmooch and can't wait to read it.  Thank you!

Date Posted: 12/5/2008 12:45 PM ET
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Is this a memoir?  Fiction?

Date Posted: 12/5/2008 6:54 PM ET
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Bonnie:  This is a memoir.

I just can't explain how much it moved me, especially when I wasn't expecting it to.

 

And Renee:  Oh-oh, I feel trouble coming on -- what is "bookmooch" and why should I stay away from it?  (LOL)



Last Edited on: 12/5/08 6:57 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 12/5/2008 7:53 PM ET
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Well THANKS A LOT Carly!   I'm trying not to order any more books and you have to brag on this one!   It was available so order it I did.   Any book recommended that strongly by you has got  be a winner.



Last Edited on: 12/5/08 7:53 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 12/5/2008 8:42 PM ET
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Cozi -- just be prepared, it isn't a cheery pick-me-upper.  I said gritty, and I meant gritty.

I read this before all the illegal activities of Whitey Bulger in South Boston came to light and he went on the lam and hit the FBI's most wanted list -- I should re-read the book in light of what I've learned about him since.

P.S.  What I posted above is the review I wrote on Amazon when I first read it.

And I just added his follow-up memoir to my WL.



Last Edited on: 12/5/08 8:50 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 12/6/2008 12:30 PM ET
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hmmm. I remember starting to read this book awhile back and could not even get past the first three chapters. I just didn't like it and I read a lot of memoirs. Isn't it funny how one person can love a book so much and another not care a thing about it?

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 12/6/2008 8:23 PM ET
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Thanks, Carly.  I have this on Mt. TBR - will have to dig it out!

Date Posted: 12/6/2008 9:15 PM ET
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I don't mind gritty!   I'll either love it or if not, I'll pass it along.  But I couldn't pass up the opportunity to read a book so highly recommended.