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All over but the Shoutin'by Rick Bragg
Synopses & Reviews
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.
About the Author
\Rick Bragg is a national correspondent for the New York Times. He is based in Atlanta, Georgia.
Table of Contents
Widow's mite: Man who buys books because they're pretty — Killing, and a man who tried to walk on water — Fake gold, other people's houses, and the finest man I never knew — Dreaming that a crooked man will straighten up and fly right — When God blinks — Free show — No papers on him — In the mouth of the machine — On the wings of a great speckled bird — If you got to kill somebody, better it ain't family — Under a hateful sky — Getting above your raising — Fine qualities — 100 miles per hour, upside down and sideways — Usual suspects — Lies to my mother: In the temple — Saturdays in October — White tuxedoes — Price tag on heaven — Under Vulcan's hammer — Running hot — What if — Paradise — Miami, in madness — Eating life — Tap-tap — Snow in a can — Interview for the Ivy league — Perfume on a hog — New York — Coming home — Dining out with no money, and living with no life — Buying bodies, eating lobster — Getting even with life: Gone south — Abigail — Mrs. Smith, and family — Monsters — Validation — 1.3 acres — Same — Who we are — Safe in the dark.
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