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All Over but the Shoutin' by Rick Bragg

All Over but the Shoutin'

by Rick Bragg

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I have never lived south of Massachusetts, and to me the Deep South seems like a foreigh country. This book by Rick Bragg brought the place to life for me in a lovely way. It wasn't just his descriptions of the people and the customs, but his wonderful southern turns of phrase that captured the spirit so completely. One that stood out ... "as cool as the back side of a pillow"...struck me a particularly wonderful metaphor. It really made me feel the coolness that the back side of a pillow would bring on hot, humid night.

He also has a wonderful story to tell. Brought up in a poor family, and not a particularly good student, he found an outlet in writing and turned it into a career -- eventually winning a Pulitzer prize for journalism.

Definitely worth reading ( )
  Eye_Gee | May 8, 2017 |
A southern novel, a memoir. The book didn't hold my attention, even though the writing is nicely done. The author is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist writing about his real life. He rose from poor white southern trash to a position on the New York Times. The book is a bit of a tribute to his mother, and the ending chapters will make you smile. It's a decent story but the author is a journalist, not a novelist, and somehow it didn't keep me turning pages. ( )
  Rascalstar | Jan 21, 2017 |
Review coming. ( )
  aurelas | Dec 23, 2016 |
Amazing story of Rick Bragg who overcame a poor south upbringing and eventually became a prize winning reporter for the NY Times. ( )
  jerry-book | Jun 1, 2016 |
This book starts off with a lot of interesting anecdotes about growing up in a small Appalachian community, but the author turns to his adult life as a writer in NYC before the book is even half done. ( )
  Darth-Heather | May 31, 2016 |
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Living on the road my friend/ Was going to keep you free and clean/ Now you wear your skin like iron/ And your breath is hard as kerosene/ You weren't your momma's only boy/ But her favorite one, it seems/ She began to cry when you said goodbye/ Saddled to your dreams
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One reason Rick Bragg won a Pulitzer Prize for his feature articles at the New York Times is that he never forgets his roots. When he writes about death and violence in urban slums, Bragg draws on firsthand knowledge of how poverty deforms lives and on his personal belief in the dignity of poor people. His memoir of a hardscrabble Southern youth pays moving tribute to his indomitable mother and struggles to forgive his drunken father. All Over but the Shoutin' is beautifully achieved on both these counts--and many more.

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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.… (more)

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