All Over But the Shoutin’ by Rick Bragg
Rick Bragg claims that he was born to tell stories, and he delves deeply into his personal history bringing us a humorous, yet poignant one. Chronicling his mother and father’s tumultuous marriage and his childhood in rural northern Alabama and his career through journalism, the story takes you throughout the South, New York City, Miami, Haiti, and beyond. I thoroughly enjoyed Bragg’s Southern witticisms and depictions of Southern life. While he grew up poor and had a troubled relationship with his father, Mr. Bragg does not consider his childhood as unhappy. Instead, he relates many happy memories instead of dwelling too much on the bad ones while bringing his extended family to life.
All Over But the Shoutin' is the 2013 Forsyth Reads Together title. Mr Bragg will be appearing at the Forsyth Conference Center on Tuesday, September 17 to discuss his memoir.
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