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One reason Rick Bragg won a Pulitzer Prize for his feature articles at the New York Times is that he never forgets his roots. When he writes about death and violence in urban slums, Bragg draws on firsthand knowledge of how poverty deforms lives and on his personal belief in the dignity of poor people. His memoir of a hardscrabble Southern youth pays moving tribute to his indomitable mother and struggles to forgive his drunken father. All Over but the Shoutin' is beautifully achieved on both these counts--and many more. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
YA?On Palm Sunday, 1994, a tornado ripped through a church in Piedmont, AL, killing 20 people. This is Bragg's hometown, and he began his story on the tragedy for the New York Times as follows: "This is a place where grandmothers hold babies on their laps under the stars and whisper in their ears that the lights in the sky are holes in the floor of heaven. This is a place where the song 'Jesus Loves Me' has rocked generations to sleep, and heaven is not a concept, but a destination." It is writing of this quality that won the author his job as a national correspondent and the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. He grew up in poverty, the second of three sons of an alcoholic, abusive father and a loving mother. The early chapters give a beautiful description of warm and happy moments he enjoyed with her and his family even as she struggled to provide for them after they'd been abandoned. Teens will enjoy reading about the resourceful, talented, and lucky young man's career as he moved from local reporter to working for regional and national papers. A book for students with an interest in writing, journalism, or the South and of use for autobiography assignments.?Patricia Noonan, Prince William Public Library, VA
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Great writer! I really enjoyed the book and look forward to reading more of Bragg's work.Published 19 days ago by Mel
Having been brought up in LA ( Lower Alabama), it was such a treat to relive many of my memories that parallel those of the author. Read morePublished 21 days ago by csudrj
It was a little boring. Honestly I couldn't finish it and got tired of hearing how good looking the author was and how many girlfriends he had.Published 1 month ago by Mom2matandj
Rick Braggs's story is told in such a vivid and poignant manner that you feel as though you experienced his life. He is a Pulitzer Prize storyteller for sure!Published 1 month ago by club reader