Rick Bragg


Born
in Piedmont, Alabama
July 26, 1959


Rick Bragg is the Pulitzer Prize winning writer of best-selling and critically acclaimed books on the people of the foothills of the Appalachians, All Over but the Shoutin, Ava's Man, and The Prince of Frogtown.

Bragg, a native of Calhoun County, Alabama, calls these books the proudest examples of his writing life, what historians and critics have described as heart-breaking anthems of people usually written about only in fiction or cliches. They chronicle the lives of his family cotton pickers, mill workers, whiskey makers, long sufferers, and fist fighters. Bragg, who has written for the numerous magazines, ranging from Sports Illustrated to Food & Wine, was a newspaper writer for two decades, covering high school football for the Jack
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Average rating: 4.12 · 43,366 ratings · 4,296 reviews · 30 distinct worksSimilar authors
All Over But the Shoutin'

4.10 avg rating — 24,314 ratings — published 1997 — 25 editions
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Ava's Man

4.23 avg rating — 5,818 ratings — published 2001 — 18 editions
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The Prince of Frogtown

4.09 avg rating — 2,631 ratings — published 2008 — 13 editions
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My Southern Journey: True S...

4.19 avg rating — 2,847 ratings — published 2015
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The Best Cook in the World:...

4.02 avg rating — 1,675 ratings — published 2018 — 9 editions
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The Most They Ever Had

4.13 avg rating — 1,300 ratings — published 2009
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Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story

4.14 avg rating — 1,310 ratings — published 2014 — 17 editions
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Somebody Told Me: The Newsp...

4.13 avg rating — 877 ratings — published 2000 — 2 editions
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I am a Soldier, Too: The Je...

3.67 avg rating — 706 ratings — published 2003 — 14 editions
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Redbirds: Memories from the...

4.33 avg rating — 69 ratings — published 1998 — 2 editions
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“Every life deserves a certain amount of dignity, no matter how poor or damaged the shell that carries it.”
Rick Bragg, All Over But the Shoutin'

“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.”
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“It is a common condition of being poor... you are always afraid that the good things in your life are temporary, that someone can take them away, because you have no power beyond your own brute strength to stop them.”
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