All Over but the Shoutin'

All Over but the Shoutin'

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A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

This haunting, harrowing, gloriously moving recollection of a life on the American margin is the story of Rick Bragg, who grew up dirt-poor in northeastern Alabama, seemingly destined for either the cotton mills or the penitentiary, and instead became a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The New York Times. It is the story of Bragg's father, a hard-drinking man with a murderous temper and the habit of running out on the people who needed him most.

But at the center of this soaring memoir is Bragg's mother, who went eighteen years without a new dress so that her sons could have school clothes and picked other people's cotton so that her children wouldn't have to live on welfare alone. Evoking these lives--and the country that shaped and nourished them--with artistry, honesty, and compassion, Rick Bragg brings home the love and suffering that lie at the heart of every family. The result is unforgettable.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c1997.
ISBN: 9780679774020
Characteristics: xxii, 329 p. ;,25 cm.


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Feb 23, 2018

I could relate. Good book.

Nov 12, 2017

My first date with Lisa Tripi back in 89 was to see Steel Magnolias. It had to be her worst as I reckon I cried for eight hours after that scene in the cemetery. Seems I go decades without crying then it all sort of comes at once. This time is different though. As good as these southern boys write I ain’t never witnessed nothin as lonesome sad and such a long way from right as a child preparing for a surgery meant for a 70 year-old Camel smoking junky. I haven’t stopped crying for months. This makes me terrible glad to live in the country now so as I listen to these good old boys write like a modern day Samuel Clemens, while I walk the hounds, no one sees tears. After all I️ have a rep to protect.

Dec 21, 2016

Weeks later, I found myself still thinking about sections of the book. I enjoyed the writing style and the book took me to a time and era I was not familiar with, yet felt I belonged. Not only did the book take me on a visit to the deep south but gives me pause to return.

Jul 18, 2016

Journalist Rick Bragg wrote a tribute to his mother and a memoir of his family’s hardscrabble life in small town Alabama.

He’s such an engaging storyteller, but the chip on his shoulder, which he readily, admits is pretty big! Still, I want to understand people like his family so will read more of his writing to get his point of view.

JCLJoyceM Aug 19, 2015

A touching tribute to his mother, Bragg's book is a poignant illustration of life on the poor side of the tracks. He gives himself as Exhibit A in a study of the difficulties of breaking out of the South's class structure.


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cphillips16 Apr 03, 2011

Wonderfully descriptive autobiographical book about growing up poor in rural Alabama by Rick Bragg, Pulitzer Prize winner.

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