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Former Catholic Charities president Joseph Doolin delves into his family’s past in his autobiographical “South Boston Boy.’’ Former Catholic Charities president Joseph Doolin delves into his family’s past in his autobiographical “South Boston Boy.’’
December 11, 2011
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Joseph Doolin, the former longtime president of Catholic Charities, renders a nostalgic yet clear-eyed portrait of his family’s past in his new book “South Boston Boy’’ (Bumps River). Reading his memoir is like strolling through a bygone Boston, a time when people lined up for fried seafood at Kelly’s Landing, house doors were left unlocked and kids unattended. Yet he doesn’t shy away from addressing the difficulties presented by his father’s excessive drinking and his own chronic stuttering.

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