All Over but the Shoutin'

All Over but the Shoutin'

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A haunting memoir about growing up dirt-poor in the Alabama hills--and about moving on but never really being able to leave. The extraordinary gifts for evocation and insight and the stunning talent for story- telling that earned Rick Bragg a Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in 1996 are here brought to bear on the wrenching story of his own family's life. It is the story of a war-haunted, hard-drinking father and a strong-willed, loving mother who struggled to protect her sons from the effects of poverty and ignorance that had constricted her own life. It is the story of the life Bragg was able to carve out for himself on the strength of his mother's encouragement and belief. And it is the story of his attempts to both atone for and avenge the mistakes and cruelties of his past. All Over but the Shoutin' is a gripping account of people struggling to make sense and solidity of life's capricious promises. A classic piece of Americana, it is made vividly, movingly particular by Rick Bragg's searching vision, generous humor, and richly nuanced voice.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books ; Vintage Books, 1997
ISBN: 9780679774020
Characteristics: xxii, 329 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: All over but the shouting


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Feb 23, 2018

I could relate. Good book.

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.

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.

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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