All Souls an all-read at three universities

CommonReads is happy to announce three university common reading adoptions of All Souls: A Family Story from Southie. Students at Northeastern University, Northridge College, and Springfield Technical Community College  are reading Michael Patrick Macdonald’s memoir about growing up in “Southie,” the proudly insular neighborhood in South Boston 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.

 

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