All Over But the Shoutin'


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A haunting memoir by a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, "All Over but the Shoutin'" presents a gripping account of people struggling to make sense and solidity of life's capricious promises. As he tells the wrenching story of his own family's life in the dirt-poor Alabama hills--where he got out, but has never been quite about to leave--Bragg attempts to both atone for and to avenge the mistakes and cruelties of his past.

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Carol C

Feb 21, 2016

A Classic

One of the best books I've ever read! I've bought every book Rick Bragg has written because this was the first I read, I couldn't wait to read the others, all amazing stories and writing.

bradley c

Jan 27, 2016

Family Disorganized

What a story? Hard to believe anyone could live such a life.
You feel so concerned for the author's mother.
What hell she went through all those years, raising her children in such poverty.
The fact that the author became so successful shows what a loving mother and grandmother means to a child.
The determination of the author to write news articles on the ground overcame his lack of society's connections and proper education.
Rick is so realistic in his descriptions, you feel you are right there, and wish your mother was like his.
A great read. The author needs to write more stories.

Lee B

Sep 16, 2014

Great book

This book was part of a small library at a rented vacation house in Gulf Shores, Alabama. I started reading it and had to purchase it to finish it. Rick Bragg is a great writer, I have since bought all of the books he has written and enjoyed them all. He writes about a time and people in northern Alabama. He does not sugar coat, but gives them the dignity they deserve.

Carrie B

Oct 18, 2012

Great Read

This is one of those books that takes you on a real journey. You feel as if you know this author and can understand where he came from and how he ended up where he is today. It is also a deeply touching tribute to his strong and caring mother, who never had much accept the love and respect of her sons.


Aug 23, 2012

Love Rick Bragg's books!! This one was definitely worth the read.

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