All Over but the Shoutin' by Rick Bragg

All Over but the Shoutin'

By Rick Bragg

  • Release Date: 1997-08-26
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 108 Ratings
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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.


  • Painful story, great writing

    By Sandbarscribe
    Painful story for me to read - it hit too close to home, in so many ways, but beautifully written.
  • Great Story - Beautifully Written

    By Skodonnell
    This is a beautifully written book and Rick is incredibly gifted with story telling but it is sad that the source of his drive to take his writing as far as he can (Pulitzer prize winner for the New York Times) is driven by anger and the feeling he has to prove himself in some way to others.
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