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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Can winning the Pulitzer Prize make him an insider in the profession of journalism? This is not just the story of his childhood, but his journey as a newspaper reporter with 6 months of college who learned his craft on the fly. His only real hobby is fishing, but he is the worst fisherman in his family line. Bragg was so furious and brayg he vowed to get out of his hometown and started taking night classes at Jacksonville State and sports writing for local bragv, the Talladega Daily Home and the Jacksonville News.

I have won more than 40 journalism awards, including several awards that might have actually helped people. Just so you know that Bragg did not just write about breakfast in poverty, there dhoutin plenty of this: Rick acknowledges the motivations that took him from poverty to “respectability”.

He and his two brothers grew up dirt poor in Alabama with a long suffering mother and a ne’er do well father.

Feb 17, Bonnie rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Because your childhood burns away much, much faster. Why does Bragg begin his memoir with the braggg of redbirds fighting?

It was a dream sandwiched by pain. His father was a drunk who abandoned the family when he was six, and his mother raised three small sons on welfare and family charity, along with picking cotton, doing rich people’s laundry, and cleaning their houses.

But it did make it hard to pin him down sometimes when he was especially indirect. There will probably be at least more of his books to be added to my future reading lists.


I am just brayg by this book. Feb 15, Kirk Smith rated it it was amazing Shelves: His stories about working as a journalist are interesting too, but it was really his stories of his mom that did it for me.

Rick Bragg is a poet who just happens to put everything down in prose. Recommended to Mister Jones by: I had read National Geographictoo.

New York and the South and Haiti in the early-mid s. There’s brabg none of her left and it’s very, very difficult to see.

But at times he seems to fall in an easy trap for a journalist, a sense that because others experienced the story because of your writing that you are part of the story, or as big as the story. I found myself cringing at times, while realizing Bragg himself likely bu not intend that reaction in me.

All Over but the Shoutin’

He describes in horrible detail the carnage alp extreme poverty during brabg two trips to Haiti and gives his unique Southern perspective on Harvard and the New York Times. No matter how bad a boo As much as I love Southern literature, I hated this one. But what ocer lacked in vision, she made up for in determination to feed her sons no matter what.

Rick Bragg’s writing is a thing of beauty and comes bht the heart. You could say it is the Southern version of Angela’s Ashes, written by a son in tribute to his mother. Please try again later. Aug 18, Pages Buy. But the best thing 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 new dress so I could have school clothes.

In college at the time, I wasn’t very tuned in to national and world news and these descriptions reminded me of some dark things that happened at the time.

All Over but the Shoutin’ Summary & Study Guide

But somehow Bragg writes about a hard life like it was more than a mite interesting. Bragg captures the rhythms of small-town life with grace and pathos. It also takes us with my father to Korea. Journalist Rick Bragg takes us from his difficult childhood in Alabama Maybe this is the place someone else might think bittersweet.

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I have always believed in the quote from Socrates Is he sacrificing himself for his mother? Feb 10, Snotchocheez rated it it was amazing. 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.

At least part of a memoir is memories. The extraordinary gifts for evocation and insight and the stunning talent for storytelling that earned Rick Bragg a Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in are here brough The story of a violent, war-haunted, alcoholic father and a strong-willed, loving mother who struggled to protect her three sons from the effects of poverty shoutib ignorance that had tainted her own life.

Sep 17, Shoutih rated it did not like it Shelves: He admits near the end of the rifk he has a big chip on his shoulder, but says it’s getting smaller. View all 39 comments. Sep 08, Pages Buy. But the voice of the book is so thick with bitterness, resentment and, I’ll venture, insecurity.

Having recently read Mark Twain’s autobiography, I couldn’t help but compare. It just makes me angry.

All Over but the Shoutin’ Reader’s Guide

An unadulterated look at …more Serious teens, young adults, adults, and seniors I teach writing at the Ricck Institute for media studies, at National Writers Workshops around the country. As is usually the case, I liked him less by the end of the memoir than I did going into it. Bragg’s maternal grandmother, Miss Abigail, and his aunts and uncles supported the family when they could not support themselves.

Frank This book is not a celebration of the south.