All over but the Shoutin' by Rick Bragg

84%

8 Critic Reviews

He tells his own here in a mixture of moving anecdotes and almost masochistic self-analysis.
-Publishers Weekly

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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.


From the Trade Paperback edition.
 

About Rick Bragg

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Rick Bragg is a national correspondent for the New York Times. He is based in Atlanta, Georgia.
 
Published August 18, 2010 by Vintage. 353 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Good
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on May 20 2010

His memoir is a model of humility combined with pride in one's accomplishments.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Anthony Walton on Sep 14 2008

Rick Bragg has written the kind of book that causes us to see ourselves more clearly because it corrects and heightens our vision.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Aug 31 2008

He tells his own here in a mixture of moving anecdotes and almost masochistic self-analysis.

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Blog Critics

Excellent
Reviewed by Tim Taylor on Sep 20 2008

This is an important book.

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Entertainment Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Vanessa V. Friedman on Sep 12 2008

A great book: a poem disguised as a memoir, a gift from a son to his mother, a primer on reporting.

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Booklist Online

Above average
Reviewed by Mary Ellen Quinn on Mar 18 2014

Bragg never forgets what he owes to his mother, and the book’s climax is the Pulitzer Prize award ceremony, which his mother attended...

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People

Good
Reviewed by People on Sep 15 2008

Rick Bragg believes he has led a charmed life, and this memoir may convince you he's right.

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Journey With Jesus

Good
Reviewed by Dan Clendenin on Jan 01 2010

Shoutin' works well at many levels, but it's especially about embracing one's family with all its blessings and curses.

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