All Over But the Shoutin'

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Vintage Books, 1997 - BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY - 329 pages
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

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 home the love and suffering that lie at the heart of every family. The result is unforgettable.

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In this memoir, Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist Rick Bragg outlines the difficulties of growing up “dirt poor” in Appalachia, with an alcoholic father who could never shake that demon and a mother ... Read full review

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Authentically told story of growing up poor in a dysfunctional family in the deep south. There is nothing to critique about this masterfully told autobiography. The author has done all the telling. Read full review

Contents

A man who buys books because theyre pretty
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A killing and a man who tried to walk on water
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Fake gold other peoples houses and the finest man I never knew
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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.