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All Over but the Shoutin'

por Rick Bragg

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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.… (mais)
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In this memoir, Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist Rick Bragg outlines the difficulties of growing up “dirt poor” in Appalachia, with an alcoholic father who could never shake that demon and a mother who willingly sacrificed her own health and well-being for her children’s sake. He also gives the reader a look at the life of a child who felt loved and was free to explore and roam and enjoy the nature around him. He openly shares the differing paths his brothers took. Older brother Sam found his own success, taking on the mantle of adult responsibilities when he was still a child, while younger brother Mark continues to struggle. And Bragg gives a nod of thanks to the relatives (Uncle Ed, in particular), townspeople and teachers who recognized his talent and encouraged him to strive for something more.

There is a sense of nostalgia about some of his reminiscences. Bragg left his home, but his home never left him. His story in an honest, gripping, heart-wrenching and inspiring love letter to his mother. ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 25, 2021 |
I wish I could figure out what perverse impulse compels me to keep reading memoirs when I almost always dislike them. I did finish this one so I guess that's something.

I like to read Southern Living magazine, and Rick Bragg has the back-page article. ItÛªs always about his mama, and the stories are really cute so I thought it might be interesting to find out more about them. I learned that he grew up dirt poor in Alabama but overcame adversity and went on to become a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist.

As is usually the case, I liked him less by the end of the memoir than I did going into it. His writing style - outside of Southern Living - is a bit overblown for my taste. But he did have some interesting adventures on his way to the Pulitzer and the story of how he got his mama to come to the awards ceremony in New York was almost worth slogging through the rest of it. ( )
  AngeH | Jan 2, 2020 |
Authentically told story of growing up poor in a dysfunctional family in the deep south. There is nothing to critique about this masterfully told autobiography. The author has done all the telling. ( )
  yhgail | Feb 20, 2019 |
I enjoyed this book tremendously and it brought back memories and emotions of my own years growing up! ( )
  rdgslp | Aug 3, 2018 |
Rick Bragg's writing is technically good, and there were some truly enjoyable portions of his book. However, his attempts to understate how cool he clearly thinks he is in order not to sound like he's bragging, are super distracting, not to mention disingenuous. The book would have been so much better without all the bragging encased in self-effacing false humility.

As a journalist, Bragg employed a formulaic style of reporting known as "journalism as storytelling" (nowadays called "narrative journalism"), a technique that was becoming popular about the time his career hit its stride. The formula is simple: abrupt, dramatic lead followed by alternating paragraphs of quotes and facts, all wrapped up neatly in a sappy, Hallmark-esque concluding thought from the journalist that is both poignant and wistful. Some people love this style of writing; others gag on it. I'm of the latter group. Whether Bragg loved or despised it, he clearly knew how to use the style to his best advantage, and once again, his writing comes off as disingenuous.

I haven't read any of this other books and I doubt I will except that I really loved reading about his mama, so I'll have to see. Bragg's career kind of ended in scandal, and I believe his mama was deceased by then, which is good, in terms of how hard that might have been for her. From what I read, the case against him seemed kind of weak, but perception is reality, unfortunately. ( )
  dldbizacct | Jul 6, 2018 |
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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.

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