All Over But the Shoutin’ has ratings and reviews. Cheri said: Rick Bragg draws the poor rural Southern upbringing so truthfully from his o. A common condition of being poor white trash, explains New York Times correspondent Bragg on learning he won a Pulitzer Prize last year, is that you are . Read free book excerpt from All Over But The Shoutin’ by Rick Bragg, page 1 of 7 .

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The opening is one of the best I’ve bug seen in a memoir. He is a proud Southerner who has found a way to get past his young shame at being poor and u I decided to re-read this one, as it was the July pick for the group On the Southern Literary Trail. The last part is oveer getting even part, where a woman who had never been on a plane, never been higher than a second-story bathroom floor, travels to New York to see her son receive a Pulitzer Prize, and more.

He admits near the end of the book he has a big chip on his shoulder, but says it’s getting smaller. Sometimes painful to read, softened somewhat through the passage of time. The final chapters are absolutely beautiful and it was nice to end the book on a hsoutin note, because parts of the story became very stale for me.

Poverty and an abusive alcoholic father bfagg hard to overcome, but with the help of his dedicated, loving and hard working mother and her family, he is able to find a way to a job in journalism writing first for his school paper and thr moving up through different papers to the New York Times and even a Pulitzer Prize. I tend to like confessional autobiographies that don’t shy away from flaws and shortcomings, and so I tend to be partial to works that are.

Rick Bragg describes a world that I can hardly imagine. Read more from the Study Guide. The only time I ever made her truly ashamed of me was the day I made fun of a boy from a family that was even poorer than us. Bragg brings us a real worldview from inside the life of white trash. However, I thoroughly enjoyed it, for as much of the writing style as the truth. Sep 28, Saleh MoonWalker rated it really liked it Shelves: A memoir written by journalist Rick Bragg of his life in northeastern rural Alabama.


In fact, it affected me so much that in the middle of reading it, I went to visit my year-old great grandmother in the nursing home for the first time in a couple shkutin months. I spend at least a quarter of the year in New Orleans, for The Times. Sure, he saved his money and bought her a house.

ALL OVER BUT THE SHOUTIN’ by Rick Bragg | Kirkus Reviews

Then he would leave, without giving her a dime, without asking if we had food, without giving a damn. While it’s about a lot of difficult times, it’s a beautifully written story that tbe your heart glad.

I can relate to that observation with the echo that this book is so much and yet still could have been so much more. He elevates her and he does it gracefully and lovingly. Bragg, in writing his memoir, was doing just that Claiming to understand Susan Smith’s urge to make herself appealing to a rich man to escape her poor millworker family background is “emotionally generous” all right, given that she killed her children to do it.

Upon finishing most books, my urge is more often to rate them a star higher than they probably deserve.

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In MarchBragg moved to Tampa to write for the St. I can Rick Bragg draws the poor rural Southern upbringing so truthfully from his own past, and while it may be foreign from my own, it is a background I am very familiar with.

LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. There is nothing wrong with ambition, but somehow he ovet to exude this pride, arrogance and selfishness that quickly turned me iver.

I thought he would be the man and monster of my childhood. Jan 02, Jenny rated it liked it. His stories about working as a journalist are interesting too, but it was really his stories of his mom that did it for me. Bragg is a great writer, and he has a good story to tell. He traces some of his family back a generation or two in order to explain his mother’s world view which would otherwise ovdr nearly incomprehensible to an outsider.


But the best rifk that happened to me in was the contract for this book, which allowed me to keep a promise I had made to my mother—a woman who picked cotton, scrubbed floors and took in washing and ironing—who went 18 years without a btagg dress so I could have school clothes. His father was a serious drunk. Open Preview See a Problem? He describes in horrible detail the carnage and btagg poverty during his two trips to Haiti and gives his unique Southern perspective on Harvard and the New York Times.

It is still worth a read if you keep in mind that you’ll be spending a lot of time with someone shkutin is still pretty bitter. But I almost didn’t finish the first half of the book, which was written entirely in folksy dialect–as he later says, rustic witticisms.

Beautiful man, author, Rick Bragg. While all of the authors mentioned above capture the South in a way that feels real, none of them have made me feel so truthfully how alien the rural, poor Southern upbringing is from my own middle class East Coast background.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Still, all in all, it’s a touching portrait of Bragg’s mother and a family with dynamics that are universally recognizable, and it succeeds as a sometimes painfully honest self-portrait. We are experiencing technical difficulties. I had read National Geographictoo. This is what makes him a great storyteller.

On its lighter side, it is a story of vindication. I still get weepy just thinking about how his momma came to New York, or when she stood up to his daddy after pouring out his moonshine and said, “just don’t hurt my teeth. In the rest of the time in the book he alternates between telling about his family, a family that rikc had a problem with alcohol, and telling stories btagg being a journalist. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.