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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It was payment-not in full, but a payment nonetheless- for her sweat and her blood. She was a simple woman with simple needs whose past could never be mended by her son’s well meaning gifts and adulation. Instead, he signed up for a journalism class at a nearby college and before long was offered a job as a sportswriter for the local paper. Inspired by Your Browsing History. I am trapped there still. But I fear I’ve been focused too heavily on the craft of memoir writing the last two years, because while reading I kept seeing so much more the author could have done with it.

I know they usually will not attack human beings if there is a poodle anywhere near, but none of that went through my head as I hung there, helpless.

If you like memoirs, love stories from the South or simply enjoy skillfully crafted writing, this book is for you. There is nothing wrong with ambition, but somehow he seems to exude this pride, arrogance and selfishness that quickly turned oveg off.

Sometimes painful to read, softened somewhat through the passage of time. This is his Momma’s story and it isn’t a pretty one. There’s almost none of her left and it’s very, very difficult to see. Btagg all 11 comments.

If I had a dog, it would starve. 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.


Right, like the dad wanted to or the son could.

To actually say something. The scene where he visits his father for the last time before the man dies is really powerful. He has covered some interesting stories, and it’s interesting to hear him retell them in the book.

I can relate to that observation with the echo that this book is so much and yet still could have been so much more. Follow Us on Facebook. While they were incredibly poor, Bragg never knew until he was in high school and the girls he dated would break up with him when they saw his house. Rick watched her grow old before her time doing hard physical labor of the most menial kind in a world where that appeared to be the only option.

Rick Bragg describes a world that I can hardly imagine. I occasionally run across an issue of Southern Living magazine and Rick Bragg has the back-page article. Sep 17, Ethan rated it did not like it Shelves: Anyone could tell it, anyone who had a momma who went eighteen years without a new dress so that her sons could have school clothes, who picked cotton in other people’s fields and ironed other people’s clothes and cleaned the mess in other people’s houses, so that her children didn’t have to live on welfare alone, so that one of them could climb u This book is FILLED with wonderful imagery and is the memior of New York Times write Rick Bragg.

Rick Bragg parted ways with the NY Times in with a disagreement over his methodology of writing. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Although Bragg sees his background as a handicap in his profession, the unmistakably Southern way he uses the English language can be part of te appeal of his writing. We hid not in the bed but under it, and whispered to each other of how you reckon you can kill a grown man.

His stories about working as a journalist are interesting too, but it was really his stories of his mom that did it for me. His only real hobby is fishing, rickk he is the worst fisherman in his family line. Aug 28, Patrick Ross rated it liked it Shelves: The story is told with unflinching honesty.


Browse all BookRags Study Guides. Bragg captures the rhythms of small-town life with grace and thee. Why is his honesty so moving?

All Over but the Shoutin’

If he came out and confessed to deep-seated insecurity that would add some nuance to the read, but Bragg mostly, well, just brags. I fear he didn’t have more because it’s irck easier to write in summary, and what we learned of how his journalism career ended–relying on an intern’s reporting and taking credit for it–suggests someone open to short cuts. What does he identify with in her? I went just six months to Jacksonville State University, in Alabama, in the s.

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All Over but the Shoutin’ Summary & Study Guide

Bragg’s story or the way in which he so skillfully wrote it which really resonated with me; it was the way in which he seemed to be trying to make some sense of his life. Rick Bragg writes a fine book here. 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.

Apr 08, Minutes Buy. People speak to my mother now, on the street. Why do you think he includes the story of a bird attacking its own image in the mirror? The opening is one of the best I’ve ever seen in a memoir.