The Constant Outsider: Memoirs of a South Boston Mechanic

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Growing up in Dorchester presented real challenges, but once Tom took over his father's auto repair shop in South Boston, life became intense. Mob-enforcers, drug dealers and killers became his friends and clients. Thomas Cirignano experienced Southie's era of extreme crime and violence, first hand. He managed to not just co-exist, but to thrive in that environment.
At the shop, Whitey Bulger threatened Tom with a gun. A neighbor was gunned-down at the gas pumps. After confronting another would-be killer, that man later returned and shot Tom's friend eleven times. In a house down the street, Whitey was killing people and burying them in the cellar. A friendly drug dealer often tossed samples from his car window while driving past the pumps. Life was never dull, and Tom got himself into near-fatal situations far too often. How did Tom survive his gunpoint encounter with Whitey Bulger? Find the answer within an inspiring memoir that is tempered by amazing humor.
*Note: There are related photos throughout  The Constant Outsider.  Cirignano's second book,  67 Cents: Creation of a Killer , is a fictional adaptation of this memoir, in which Tom explores the alternate path to a criminal life which truly was available to him . In  67 Cents, "Nick" says "Yes" to every offer that was made to Tom by the Irish and Italian Mobs of Southie in real life, including an offer to kill for him. Those few different choices, change everything.

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Each of us is a book waiting to be written, and that book, if written, results in a person explained.  Sincerely,  Tom  

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"Reading 'The Constant Outsider' made me fall in love with both the book, and the author.
Somebody up there must love Tom too, or he wouldn't be around today to share his life's amazing experiences with us. Tom Cirignano is your everyday hero, a rare and unpretentious combination of courage, morality and humanity. Though Tom saw himself as The Constant Outsider, it is no wonder that he quickly became an insider, liked and respected wherever he went. You will smile, laugh and cringe with horror as you read his efforts to survive in the Mob-controlled environment of South Boston. You'll come to understand how one could prefer living on the edge of danger in the inner city as opposed to the super-safe suburbs the rest of us are running to."
Izzy Kalman, Nationally Certified School Psychologist / Author of  "Bullies to Buddies: How to Turn Your Enemies into Friends."

"The Constant Outsider" is a true and exciting story of survival.
The author chronicles his intense struggle to fit in and be accepted within the challenging and often violent neighborhoods of South Boston, Dorchester, and beyond. This memoir serves as a lively flashback to an era in Boston's history which was heavily influenced by organized crime and the Irish Mob, "White Flight" to the suburbs, court-ordered desegregation via "Forced Busing," and the violence caused by the gas shortages of the 1970's. Each of these things combined to create a life full of danger, opportunity, and harrowing stories of survival. The reckless choices made by the author in his quest for acceptance often resulted in near tragedy and close brushes with death. For those who were not exposed first hand to the extreme criminal activity and violence which was "Southie" during the Whitey Bulger years, the events experienced by the author and the people he encountered should prove riveting. Readers will relive many unbelievable moments as they were experienced or witnessed by Tom, such as gang wars, physical beatings by thugs, and a community overtaken by murder and drugs. You will get a unique insiders perspective of what it was like to live and work in South Boston during a tumultuous period of unbridled illegal activity. The author himself had a dangerous encounter with Whitey Bulger, and lived to tell about it. How did the author survive and what did he learn from his experiences? Be ready for a wild ride as you read on!" Reader comments are welcome at the author's blog located on the book's Amazon.com page. Signed copies may be available by emailing ConstantOutsider@aol.com  with "Copy Request" in the subject line.

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