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  • My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South | Rick Bragg

    My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Rick Bragg
    • Narrated By Rick Bragg
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    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.

    Karen Kinnison says: "The Incomparable Rick Bragg"
  • All Over But the Shoutin' | Rick Bragg

    All Over But the Shoutin'

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Rick Bragg
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    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.

    Janet H. Maddox says: "WOW! What a pleasure."
  • The Most They Ever Had | Rick Bragg

    The Most They Ever Had

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Rick Bragg
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    In 2001, a community of people in the Appalachian foothills had come to the edge of all they had ever been. Across the South, padlocks and chains bound the doors of silent mills, and it seemed a miracle to blue-collar people in Jacksonville, Alabama, that their mill still bit, shook, and roared. The mill had become almost a living thing, and they served it even as it filled their lungs with lint and shortened their lives. In return, it let them live in stiff-necked dignity in the hills of their fathers.

    Mark says: "Good Book"
  • Ava's Man | Rick Bragg

    Ava's Man

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Rick Bragg
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    Journalist Rick Bragg has built a soaring monument to the grandfather he never knew, and in the process created a powerfully intimate piece of American history as it was experienced by the working people of the deep South, a glorious record of a life of character, tenacity and indomitable joy, and an unforgettable tribute to a vanishing culture.

    Kate says: "Deeply moving"
  • The Prince of Frogtown | Rick Bragg

    The Prince of Frogtown

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Rick Bragg
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    Rick Bragg closes his circle of family stories with an unforgettable tale about fathers and sons inspired by his own relationship with his 10-year-old stepson.

    Suzn F says: "one of my very favorite authors"
  • The Poet of Tolstoy Park | Sonny Brewer

    The Poet of Tolstoy Park

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Sonny Brewer
    • Narrated By Rick Bragg
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    This book is based on the true life of Henry Stuart. When the 67-year-old former professor finds out he is dying of tuberculosis, he vows to “learn in solitude how to save myself.” He sets off for Fairhope, Alabama, with only the writings of his beloved Tolstoy for company. There, the barefoot poet builds himself a small hut and slowly becomes an inspiration for the rest of the utopian town. When his last few months become his last few years, Henry’s attempt to understand death becomes a lesson on life.

    Jimmy Oaks says: "Great read"
  • I Am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story | Rick Bragg

    I Am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Rick Bragg
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    On March 23, 2003, Private First Class Jessica Lynch was crossing the Iraqi desert with the 507th Maintenance Company when the convoy she was traveling in was ambushed, caught in enemy crossfire. All four soldiers traveling with her died in the attack. Lynch was taken prisoner and held captive in an Iraqi hospital for nine days. Her rescue galvanized the nation; she became a symbol of victory, of innocence and courage, of heroism; and then, just as quickly, of deceit and manipulation.

    David says: "Couldn't put it down"
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