5 thoughts on “All Over But the Shoutin’

  1. Rick Bragg draws the poor rural Southern upbringing so truthfully from his own past, and while it may be foreign from my own, it is a background I am very familiar with. Southern roots run deep, they ran deep in my grandparents, and in my father’s distant memories, that grew less a part of him as he flew all those miles trying to put it behind him.

    Poverty isn’t about location. It isn’t only found in Bragg’s hometown. Alcoholics are everywhere. Abusive husbands and fathers are rarely news. I can

  2. I decided to re-read this one, as it was the July pick for the group On the Southern Literary Trail. I first read it when it was just published and since have read the other two family memoirs he’s written, “Ava’s Man”, the story of his grandfather and his mother’s family, and “The Prince of Frogtown” the story of his alcoholic father. Rick Bragg is a poet who just happens to put everything down in prose.

    He is a proud Southerner who has found a way to get past his young shame at being poor and u

  3. This book was difficult to read. Not because of the descriptions of poverty, but because of the author. Bragg’s bloated, melodramatic prose and the massive chip on his shoulder made reading this book a chore. What is the unholy attraction to one-line paragraphs? The godawful overwritten and pompous (humble beginnings, perhaps, but certainly not humble endings) narrative made me nauseous. The writing reminded me of Tuesdays With Morrie, another book that could have been decent if not for the melo

  4. This book is FILLED with wonderful imagery and is the memior of New York Times write Rick Bragg. Here’s a quotation: “This is not an important book… 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

  5. Literature of the American South has always been a favorite of mine. Flannery O’Connor, Robert Penn Warren, Tennessee Williams — not only is their work spiritually and emotionally complex, it’s heady with a feeling of place. In the first quarter of this book, Rick Bragg replicates that feeling almost better than the classics. While all of the authors mentioned above capture the South in a way that feels real, none of them have made me feel so truthfully how alien the rural, poor Southern upbrin

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