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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Rick Bragg has a gift for storytelling. - Goodreads
This book was difficult to read. - Goodreads
The prose just flows and it's a pleasure to read. - Goodreads
I got laugh out-loud wit, penetrating insight. - Goodreads
Bragg's writing style seems very fluffy to me. - Goodreads
I loved his imagery and Southern expressions. - Goodreads

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My fiancée gave me this book. I had not heard of the book or the author, Rick Bragg. I was hesitant to read it but it turned out to be one of the best books I've read in a long time. It is a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ashley - Goodreads

I didn't hate this but definitely would never recommend it to anyone. After 300-some pages, you'd think one would feel some kind of emotional attachment to SOMEONE in the book, but nope. Bragg's ... 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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