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My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South (edição 2018)

por Rick Bragg (Autor)

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"Keenly observed and written with his insightful and deadpan sense of humor, [Rick Bragg] explores enduring Southern truths about home, place, spirit, table, and the regions' varied geographies, including his native Alabama, Cajun country, and the Gulf Coast. Everything is explored, from regional obsessions from college football and fishing, to mayonnaise and spoon bread, to the simple beauty of a fish on the hook. Collected from over a decade of his writing, with many never-before-published essays written specifically for this edition..."--Provided by publisher.… (mais)
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Título:My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South
Autores:Rick Bragg (Autor)
Informação:TI Inc. Books (2018), Edition: Reprint, 264 pages
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"I had two bachelor great-uncles who loafered a lifetime, from Tampa to Chattanooga, high-stepping alongside an accelerating freight train, a guitar case in one hand as they reached, reached for freedom with the fingers of the other. My great-uncle Fred reappeared just before his death in a college bar in Jacksonville, Alabama, dressed in a checked sport coat and brown and white wingtip shoes. He finished a beer, took a roll of money off some college boys at the pool table, and disappeared forever into the night. It may be he never left very deep footprints in the sands of this society, but by God he left a lot of them." ( )
  runningbeardbooks | Sep 29, 2020 |
I like Rick Bragg’s writing style. He says what he has to say without putting a lot of flowery pose in every sentence…but what he does put in is a lot of heart. My 95 year old mother loved him. She read every book he’d ever written plus every article that appeared in the back of Southern Living magazine…and believe me it was more than just a one time read.. I lost this precious person in July. She had a wonderful life and few regrets but her biggest regret the last three months of her life was that she couldn’t read this book as it NEVER appeared in Large Print format and ebooks for her were better than any sleeping pill on the market anywhere in the world. I was going to read it to her but time just slipped away from us and then she was gone…so I am reading it in her memory. My Mom was the product of an Scottish father and an Irish mother having arrived in America at the age of 3. She spent her entire life until 2004 in Hillsborough County, Florida, so even though Celtic blood flowed through her veins…Southern soil lived in her heart and soul. She said she could relate to every word Rick Bragg wrote. [My Southern Journey] is a testament to Rick Bragg’s mother…to his upbringing, and to the southern way of life. While reading it I thought to myself that my Mom was right in what she taught me, and what Rick Bragg’s Mom must have surely taught him also. Be proud… no matter where your people came from…what your religious affiliations are…or your political views… it’s what is in your heart that defines what and who you are. The stories here are short but the book is long on character. ( )
  Carol420 | May 1, 2019 |
Tales of being "Southern", very amusing. ( )
  MM_Jones | Jan 20, 2017 |
"[...]I felt a comfort in that room, and in that company, I have seldom known. Maybe that is because by taking me into their past, they took me back to my own."

Ahhh, Rick Bragg. I have read bits and pieces of his work for years, mostly when I was going to Bama and traveling the circles that talked about every new work he produced. This book is a compilation of his articles centering around the southern way of life that he grew up surrounded by, and I pretty much loved every story.

When I was younger I wanted nothing more than to run away from all things "Southern". I didn't want to be part of a culture that was known for so many awful things, and ridiculed for being unintelligent and stuck in the past. As I've grown older I've ended up growing more and more proud to have grown up here. Bragg's stories hit the heart of that love, and his introduction alone expressed so many of those feelings.

He shares stories about the deep family roots we cling to here. About our suspicious nature when it comes to "Yankees", especially concerning their alarming tradition of making "stuffing" instead of dressing. Our shared love, not religion, of football (there are several Bama-centric articles, fyi). He devotes an entire section to the food of the south and the bonding experiences it creates throughout our entire lives, not to mention the act of "saying grace" that must happen before one bite is touched. He delves into the architecture and landscapes of the coast, beaches, farms, and small towns we cherish.

Just to cherry pick a few of my favorites, I would have to say that "Red Dirt" is right at the top. Bragg's descriptions of the pervasiveness of the stuff and how ground in it becomes struck a real nerve though I haven't had time to fully process why yet. "Bad Slaw" made me want to start a campaign to bring greater awareness of the travesty being perpetrated to this most essential of southern foods. "Why I Write About Home" was a beautiful expression of exactly what the title states. "Stuck for Good" was just hilarious. Especially his impression of call-ins to radio stations. Spot. On. Roll Tide.

I don't know that someone not from the south would completely enjoy this collection, simply because this is our culture and I could see it being hard to enjoy it the way someone with shared experiences would. But I would like to hear a take on it from someone is another region. I love where I'm from, no matter the opinions of those who have no idea of our true culture, and reading Bragg's work put that love into words.

Copy courtesy of Time Inc. Books, via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  GoldenDarter | Sep 15, 2016 |
Okay, I am one of those “Yankees” that Rick Bragg lightly condemns in his Southern Journey. I listened to over 7 hours of Rick Bragg reading his book of his Alabama beginnings and travels throughout the South. The first aspect is that the reader hears the “true” Southern accent and is lured into the soft-spoken language of the South with Rick’s reading. Bragg embellishes his journals with the stories of the South, as told by someone who loves all the food, family, and quirks of the Southern life. A story is not merely told, but enriched with descriptive language. Of course, Bragg covers the bad and the good, the sad and the funny. One of my favorite stories is the one of Pretty Girl, the mangy dog, that adopted Rick’s family. I also enjoyed his journey with his brother to buy clothes and the frenzy of the Southern children when snow fell. Talk of food and the preparation of fried chicken in the skillet and the endless glasses of sweet ice tea emerge constantly. Life is rich in family and tradition and almost void of electronic devices. ( )
  delphimo | Sep 11, 2016 |
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"Keenly observed and written with his insightful and deadpan sense of humor, [Rick Bragg] explores enduring Southern truths about home, place, spirit, table, and the regions' varied geographies, including his native Alabama, Cajun country, and the Gulf Coast. Everything is explored, from regional obsessions from college football and fishing, to mayonnaise and spoon bread, to the simple beauty of a fish on the hook. Collected from over a decade of his writing, with many never-before-published essays written specifically for this edition..."--Provided by publisher.

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