All Over But the Shoutin'

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Pantheon Books, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 329 pages
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A haunting memoir about growing up dirt-poor in the Alabama hills--and about moving on but never really being able to leave.
The extraordinary gifts for evocation and insight and the stunning talent for story- telling that earned Rick Bragg a Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in 1996 are here brought to bear on the wrenching story of his own family's life. It is the story of a war-haunted, hard-drinking father and a strong-willed, loving mother who struggled to protect her sons from the effects of poverty and ignorance that had constricted her own life. It is the story of the life Bragg was able to carve out for himself on the strength of his mother's encouragement and belief. And it is the story of his attempts to both atone for and avenge the mistakes and cruelties of his past.
All Over but the Shoutin' is a gripping account of people struggling to make sense and solidity of life's capricious promises. A classic piece of Americana, it is made vividly, movingly particular by Rick Bragg's searching vision, generous humor, and richly nuanced voice.

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Awesome writing and story telling. - Goodreads
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I read this 20 years ago and still remember the characters. Read full review

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Overall, I liked this book, and loved the story. Poor boy makes good....... But what I didn't like about it is that in places, it moved along SO very slow. Many times I was tempted to put it down and ... Read full review


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About the author (1997)

Rick Bragg is a national correspondent for the New York Times. He is based in Atlanta, Georgia.

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