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All Over But the Shoutin' by Rick Bragg
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Aug 01, 2011

it was amazing
Read in July, 2011

Wow! Did I ever enjoy every page of this book! The author writes a column in "Southern Living", so that's how I discovered him. He is totally Southern, growing up in N. Alabama, then living in St. Petersburg and Miami, New York, and now in New Orleans. The book highlights his love for his mother (who raised three sons after her husband left, "went 18 years without a new dress so that her sons could have school clothes and picked other people's cotton so that her children wouldn't have to live on welfare alone"), small town life, his encouragement from a high school teacher that led to his career as a newpaper reporter, his career highs and lows, and women (alas). He is very warm and caring, and his stories are just sweet. Lots of nice quotes: "The state flower of Alabama, the satellite dish." "A speech is a powerful thing in a place where 65% of people can't read." (On Harvard) "But the truth is that most of them were good people, and couldn't help it that the worst day of their lives had involved wilted arugula." "Just because they let you in the school door doesn't mean they're going to invite you to the dance." "When two country boys pull their pistols and start poppin', chances are that they will hit what they are shooting at. They practice, blowing beer cans off fence posts, or stalking deer through the pines. But city boys can't shoot for xxxx. It's why they kill so many children and innocent bystanders. They keep their guns in their waistbands because they like the way it feels against their skin, but they are amateurs at killing." I have no trouble seeing how Bragg's writing earned him a Pulitzer.
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