All Over but the Shoutin'

All Over but the Shoutin'

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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.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c1997
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780679442585
0679442588
Branch Call Number: 070/.92/Bragg 359401 1
Characteristics: xxii, 329 p. : ill
Alternative Title: All over but the shouting

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PearlyBaker
Nov 12, 2017

My first date with Lisa Tripi back in 89 was to see Steel Magnolias. It had to be her worst as I reckon I cried for eight hours after that scene in the cemetery. Seems I go decades without crying then it all sort of comes at once. This time is different though. As good as these southern boys write I ain’t never witnessed nothin as lonesome sad and such a long way from right as a child preparing for a surgery meant for a 70 year-old Camel smoking junky. I haven’t stopped crying for months. This makes me terrible glad to live in the country now so as I listen to these good old boys write like a modern day Samuel Clemens, while I walk the hounds, no one sees tears. After all I️ have a rep to protect.

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reiyos
Dec 21, 2016

Weeks later, I found myself still thinking about sections of the book. I enjoyed the writing style and the book took me to a time and era I was not familiar with, yet felt I belonged. Not only did the book take me on a visit to the deep south but gives me pause to return.

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EmilyEm
Jul 18, 2016

Journalist Rick Bragg wrote a tribute to his mother and a memoir of his family’s hardscrabble life in small town Alabama.

He’s such an engaging storyteller, but the chip on his shoulder, which he readily, admits is pretty big! Still, I want to understand people like his family so will read more of his writing to get his point of view.

JCLJoyceM Aug 19, 2015

A touching tribute to his mother, Bragg's book is a poignant illustration of life on the poor side of the tracks. He gives himself as Exhibit A in a study of the difficulties of breaking out of the South's class structure.

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cphillips16 Apr 03, 2011

Wonderfully descriptive autobiographical book about growing up poor in rural Alabama by Rick Bragg, Pulitzer Prize winner.

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