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Rick Bragg

All Over but the Shoutin'

Nonfiction | Autobiography / Memoir | Adult | Published in 1997

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All Over but the Shoutin’

  • Genre: Nonfiction; memoir; Southern literature
  • Originally Published: 1997
  • Reading Level/Interest: Lexile 1160L; college/adult
  • Structure/Length: Divided into 3 parts; approximately 329 pages; approximate length 2 hours and 41 minutes on audiobook
  • Protagonist/Central Conflict: All Over but the Shoutin’ is Rick Bragg’s poignant and powerful account of growing up in poverty in the Deep South, specifically in northeastern Alabama, and his journey to becoming a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. The memoir pays homage to his hardworking mother, who struggled to provide for her family, and offers a candid look at the complexities of family, poverty, and the pursuit of a better life against the backdrop of the American South. Bragg’s narrative is both a personal story of resilience and a broader commentary on Southern culture, societal neglect, and the enduring impact of heritage and home.
  • Potential Sensitivity Issues: Descriptions of poverty, domestic violence, war, alcoholism, and the hardships of rural Southern life

Rick Bragg, Author

  • Bio: Born 1959; American journalist and writer; known for his richly descriptive narratives about the American South; New York Times best-selling author; won more than 50 awards; has contributed to numerous publications, including the Anniston Star, the Birmingham News, and The New York Times
  • Other Works: Ava's Man (2001); The Prince of Frogtown (2008); The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Momma’s Table (2018)
  • Awards: Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing (1996); University of Alabama Clarence Cason Award for Nonfiction Writing (2004); Harper Lee Award for Alabama’s Distinguished Writer of the Year (2009)
  • This TG follows the First Vintage Edition, September 1998
  • ISBN: 978-0-679-77402-0

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