From celebrated New York Times best-selling author and winner of the Pulitzer Prize Rick Bragg comes a poignant and wryly funny collection of essays on life in the South. Keenly observed and written with his insightful and deadpan sense of humor, Bragg explores enduring Southern truths about home, place, spirit, table, and the regions' varied geographies, including his native Alabama, Cajun country, and the Gulf Coast. Everything is explored, from regional obsessions with college football and fishing to mayonnaise and spoonbread to the simple beauty of a fish on the hook. Collected from over a decade of his writing, with many never-before-published essays written specifically for this edition, My Southern Journey is an entertaining and engaging listen, especially for Southerners (or Southerners at heart) and anyone who appreciates great writing.
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"Rick Bragg says Southern storytellers speak as if they're slowly chewing each word, savoring the sound and meaning. And that's just the way he presents this collection of his published essays.... His use of metaphor and rich descriptions comes across especially effectively when spoken." (AudioFile)
I was captivated by both Bragg's wonderful writing and his narration--no one other than Bragg could have done this reading. The delivery was perfect. The stories are funny, insightful, sad, heartfelt and loving.
As a northerner who loves the south I'd like to think that some of the differences between the North and the South in America really partly rest in the difference between country living and city living. Bragg writes in a way that anyone who grew up in or lives in the country (north or south) can relate to and feel a kinship with.
I have listened to this collection of essays/short stories several times and plan on enjoying them again soon. To me, that really says something. Be careful though, Bragg can become addictive. I confess that I have started reading his current monthly column titled Southern Journal in Southern Living Magazine.
Highly recommended listening. A complete treat. I loved it.
That he read it...his own voice and Southern cadence
The stories about food.
He brings a stinging realism to being Southern that is hard to beat. And he is uncompromisingly honest.
Rick Bragg IS the voice of the south I think. I have read all his books and he is in a class all his own. His love of his sweet mother is just put out there with no self-consciousness or unmanly shame! He knows where he came from and celebrates it with every story and word. The South IS unique and he shows us why and makes us chuckle at it. He takes you back to your grandma's front porch with an ice cold sweating glass of sweet tea in your hand. His sense of place is incomparable...you feel, smell, and taste the south ....and find it good.Thank you Rick.
Other reviews talk about how this book relates to the south, the sense of place/belonging, the southern culture and Mr. Bragg's life. It is all those things- and more.
I have written reviews for only 2 of the 300+ books in my audible library. One for the creative genius of Heller's Catch 22 and one for a book on the other end of the spectrum. I use books to help me go to sleep but it is now 2:30 AM and I have excitedly gotten up to write a review about this book.
It is about the south. But the layering of the words, the word combinations, the phrases the imaginary are genius. I want to collect each phrase, throw them in a sack, save them, and yet run forward to the next one to collect it as well- all like the cotton pickers who drug their sacks down the long rows collecting cotton boles.
Mr. Bragg- if you read these reviews- 'Saludo'! Your writing is the difference between spraying paint and brushing it on. Spraying delivers particles of spray that when thick enough form a covering on a surface like a film. Brushing blends, contours to form and layers all the particles together in a deep cohesiveness. Sprayed words can be pretty. But brushed words - well-- they leave you gathering.
I've given 5 stars to many books but have never written a review. I now feel obligated to return to my previous "5 star" rated books and drop them down a notch. THIS is a 5 star book! I'm a 50 year old Southerner born and raised. I still live 20 minutes from where I was born. This book IS the South. I laughed, I cried, I reminisced. I miss my grandmother just a little bit more today than I did yesterday. So many stories reminded me of her. Get this book if you want to know the real South. And get this book if you're a Southerner already, I can't put into words how much this book spoke to me.
I'm from the way upper South ( northern WV) but it is so easy to relate to what Rick writes. We're still Appalachia without the heat and accent. Been following Rick for years.
if this is your first Rick Bragg book, you are in for a treat when you go back and read everything he's written - like I have. the first time I heard of this author, I was in an airport waiting for a flight so I dropped into a bookstore. prominently displayed by the door was the Prince of Frogtown. I read the third book in the trilogy first - loved it. so I went back in red the Pulitzer prize-winning all over but the shouting, moved on to Ava's man, and then reread the Prince of Frogtown. I've read these books numerous times since then.
based on this book, I will now subscribe to Southern Living so that I can read Rick Bragg however often that magazine comes out.
This book was like spending time with a friend who really likes to tell stories and talk about his thoughts and memories. It is warm and homey and funny and yes, poetic in unexpected moments. I learned things, got to do a little time travel to earlier times and felt like I had spent time in good company.
You are the reason I start in the back of my Southern Living magazine. You write your stories and tell them so beautifully. You have a way of putting into words what I have loved and felt all my life.
After starting to listen to the audio books of a series that I had read but wanted more of, I decided that two times through that series on audio was enough: three times through might prove that I was certifiably crazy if I didn't branch out. Now I've listened to countless books, and I have not enjoyed any of them (even my obsession!) as much as I did listening to Rick Bragg tell his own intelligent, well crafted, and witty stories. I'll be listening to it again a few more times!
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