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Rick Bragg

Author of All Over but the Shoutin'

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Rick Bragg was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in 1996. A national correspondent for the "New York Times", he lives in Miami, Florida. (Bowker Author Biography)

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Best Food Writing 2005 (Best Food Writing) (2005) — Contributor — 99 copies
Stories from the Blue Moon Café (2003) — Contributor — 67 copies
Best Food Writing 2000 (2000) — Contributor — 60 copies
Stories from the Blue Moon Café III (2004) — Contributor — 18 copies
Stories from the Blue Moon Café IV (2005) — Contributor — 15 copies
A Cast of Characters and Other Stories (2006) — Contributor — 13 copies

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A book about a stray dog that the author took in that had been abandoned. Kirkus: The Pulitzer Prize?winning journalist and bestselling author puts a fresh spin on a classic theme: A wounded man rescues a wounded pet that in turn rescues him.Bragg?s engaging tale of his life with an unruly Australian shepherd is the latest of his tragicomic memoirs of his family, which began with All Over but the Shoutin? and continued with Ava?s Man and The Prince of Frogtown. Together, these books comprise one of the finestand certainly the most comprehensiveÂ¥group portraits of a poor, White Southern clan to appear in the past quarter-century. This installment finds the 60-year-old author back in Calhoun County, living in his mother?s basement (working ?exactly eleven steps from where I go to sleep?) after bouts with pneumonia, heart and kidney failure, and non-Hodgkin?s lymphoma that led to ?chemo brain.? Lonely and depressed, Bragg took in an anarchic, one-eyed, badly injured dog named Speck that had run wild in woods and pastures but stuck with him. With typically deadpan wit, the author writes, ?This did not mean I was his master, merely his alibi, coconspirator, bailsman, and the driver of his ambulance.? Speck tried to herd a one-ton truck, picked a fight with a cottonmouth, and acted as if ?every wayward possum was a sign of the end times.? But when Speck reveled in simple joys on his mother?s farm, Bragg found that ?to see a living thing that happy? was worth the difficulties. Their story ends with a few narrative threads droppedÂ¥one involving Bragg?s brother Sam, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer during the writing of this book and died after its completionÂ¥but the abrupt conclusion doesn?t diminish an estimable cycle of books. Let?s hope they will someday appear in uniform editions with an introduction that would help readers see them all in context.A celebrated Southern memoirist delivers a spirited book about a hell-raising dog and his effect on the author?s life.… (more)
 
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bentstoker | Jan 26, 2024 |
I'm still not sure how I feel about her. Maybe it's because deep down I'm afraid something like that could happen to me. I think the book could have been better written...it seemed to jump around a bit too much.
 
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DKnight0918 | 12 other reviews | Dec 23, 2023 |
I read mainly nonfiction, often biography, memoir, and essays. This collection of essays by Southern writer, Rick Bragg, caught my eye in the local library’s audio book collection, and I’m glad it did. I’m embarrassed to say that I didn’t know Bragg’s work. I recognized his name, but I had never read anything he has written. I say “embarrassed” because I consider myself a well-read person (I read 50-75 books a year), so to come across a writer of this caliber, I should have known about him. Well, I’m glad to found him because this book is nothing short of wonderful. And I am so glad I decided to get the audio version with Bragg narrating. In fact, I don’t think I would want to read a Rick Bragg book in print. At least half of the fun in reading him is HEARING his words in that terrific Southern accent. And if you’re an audio book listener, don’t even think of cranking the speed up to 1.5 or 2.0. Doing that to Rick Bragg is a literary crime. You must hear him at the speed and pace he actually talks. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys good writing and great story telling.… (more)
 
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FormerEnglishTeacher | 6 other reviews | Dec 19, 2023 |
This is one of the best books I’ve read. Rick Bragg brings his dog, his brother, and his mother to life and makes you fall in love with them. And unlike most dog memoirs, the dog doesn’t die at the end.
 
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