A haunting memoir by a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, "All Over but the Shoutin'" presents a gripping account of people struggling to make sense and solidity of life's capricious promises. As he tells the wrenching story of his own family's life in the dirt-poor Alabama hills--where he got out, but has never been quite about to leave--Bragg ...
A haunting memoir by a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, "All Over but the Shoutin'" presents a gripping account of people struggling to make sense and solidity of life's capricious promises. As he tells the wrenching story of his own family's life in the dirt-poor Alabama hills--where he got out, but has never been quite about to leave--Bragg attempts to both atone for and to avenge the mistakes and cruelties of his past.
This book was part of a small library at a rented vacation house in Gulf Shores, Alabama. I started reading it and had to purchase it to finish it. Rick Bragg is a great writer, I have since bought all of the books he has written and enjoyed them all. He writes about a time and people in northern Alabama. He does not sugar coat, but gives them the dignity they deserve.
Oct 18, 2012
This is one of those books that takes you on a real journey. You feel as if you know this author and can understand where he came from and how he ended up where he is today. It is also a deeply touching tribute to his strong and caring mother, who never had much accept the love and respect of her sons.
Aug 23, 2012
Love Rick Bragg's books!! This one was definitely worth the read.
Dec 23, 2011
from the heart
From the heart! This is a great book, I couldn't put it down!
Publishers Weekly, 1997-07-14 "A common condition of being poor white trash," explains New York Times correspondent Bragg on learning he won a Pulitzer Prize last year, is that "you are always afraid that the good things in your life are temporary, that someone can take them away." Having won that prize for stories about others, he tells his own here in a mixture of moving anecdotes and almost masochistic self-analysis. He brings alive his childhood of Southern povertyŠhis absentee father dead at 40, one brother scavenging coal for the family at nine, the other in and out of jail. Someone advised Bragg, "[T]o tell a story right you have to lean the words against each other so that they don't all fall down," and his gift for language shines through every scene of violence and deprivation. If only he would let events speak for themselves, but all too often the tone falters and Bragg takes time out to excoriate some long-gone colleague and to pass out guilt badges. What saves this uneven, jolting narrative is his love and respect for his mother, who dragged him behind her as a toddler while she picked cotton in the fields. His ambition to buy her a house was realized last year: "She never had a wedding ring, or a decent car, or even a set of furniture that matched. Or teeth that fit. But she had a home now... of her own." (Sept.)
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