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 hone the love and suffering that lie at the heart of every family.
The result is unforgettable.
©1998 Rick Bragg (P)2008 Random House Audio
If you are a listener looking for something good and perhaps a little different, spend your money on this one.
I downloaded this little book really not sure about it, not being much of a fan of memoirs. I am so glad I did. Rick Bragg in his own voice, his actual voice, the one that shines through all his writing. His voice is genuine (my father grew up in the same circumstances only 30 years earlier and not much had changed in the interim), he is firmly rooted in rural Alabama, but his story is universal, his experiences unique and yet eternal.
Thank you for sharing this story, Rick, and I feel I know you enough to call your first name. You have made me proud of a heritage I have, to my shame, sometimes disparaged or embroidered. You have had the courage to reveal yourself and given your readers and listeners a real treat.
All Over But the Shoutin' is the beautiful, true story of the love a boy has for his momma and for his people, of their struggle and triumphs, told with genuine, heartfelt emotion. An all-time favorite.
Absolutely! Perfectly written and read by the author in his embraceable southern accent. I read this book a few years ago and as it is a favorite I was so happy to find it on audible. Rick Bragg reading it lent another delightful element to the beautiful story.
Any top drawer southern writer.
Rick Bragg brings a warmth and sincerity through his reading.
Be prepared to laugh and cry...but mostly laugh.
Listen to this brilliant work! Oh, and read it too!
This story, as told about his upbringing and the by chance career/educational opportunities that he had in spite of the poverty his family knew, was fascinating. A very timely book with comparisons between the haves and have-nots. Sad at times, but compelling and bound to provide the reader/listener with greater empathy after this experience.
Bragg's voice slides through the speakers and draws you in. It is a story of incredible abuse, loss, prejudice, and injustice but also one of strength, family, and love.
Perhaps similar to Lovely Bones or The Sweet Hereafter (Banks) in that they are able to take tragic events and deliver them to readers with great beauty.
The image that Bragg shares of his mother pulling him behind her while working the cotton fields. He recalled it as a sweet interaction but the reality was that she was doing hard labor and having to bring her toddler along. Perception.
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