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All Over But the Shoutin'
All Over But the Shoutin'
Author: Rick Bragg
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 ...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780679774020
ISBN-10: 0679774025
Pages: 352
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 245 ratings
Publisher: Vintage
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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candieb avatar reviewed All Over But the Shoutin' on + 239 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 9
This was good, but I was a little disappointed. I think a friend of mine (Joanne) hit the nail on the head -- I expected less of the good old boy writing/speech. I just expected more from a Pulitzer Prize winner. I thought the story was good, but it dragged in places and there were several places that I just didn't care, some of it, I felt was very self-serving and overly indulgent. Worth a read, but if I do read the next one from this writer, it will be a while. I couldn't handle them back-to-back I think :)
AnnieTea avatar reviewed All Over But the Shoutin' on + 25 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
I really enjoyed this book. I guess if you would like to feel from the poor south this would be a good read. It is also encouragging that it's important to fight for and stick too something you really want. Sometimes our heart leads our heads and families do have a way of holding on to us. You will feel good when you finish the story.
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Helpful Score: 7
A deeply personal story about a boy cleaving from his salt-of-the-earth mother. Bragg, an award-winning writer, shows us extraordinary worlds in the deep south, the caribbean and within his own heart.
oneangel avatar reviewed All Over But the Shoutin' on + 43 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
I thought this was an excellent southern memoir. I have Ava's Man, which I believe involves the same people, but I have yet to read it. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes autobios/memoirs or the southern genre.
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Helpful Score: 5
Great book. Well written. Painfully honest.
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ilovebooksanddogs avatar reviewed All Over But the Shoutin' on + 356 more book reviews
I love this authors style of writing. It felt as if we were just sitting down and chatting while I was reading this book.
I've been a long time subscriber to Southern Living and he always writes a one page story at the end of every issue that I've always enjoyed hugely. I didn't realize he had written books until I googled him and found quite a few. I can't wait to read more of anything he's written. I'm a huge fan!
reviewed All Over But the Shoutin' on + 17 more book reviews
Got better and better as it went; did not want to put it down. I am a southerner, so related.
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Excellent story of a man's rise from "poor white trash" and his experiences along the way. I like the way he is able to view his life - the terrible and the good - and make his choices. He doesn't abandon his past, but learns to accept it as part of who he is. He discovers that even his difficult childhood is worlds better than some he sees in his life as a reporter. I've recommended this book to many friends and family.