All Over But the Shoutin'
by Rick Bragg
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This haunting, harrowing, gloriously moving recollection of a life on the American margin is the story of Rick Bragg, who grew up dirt-poor in northeastern Alabama, seemingly destined for either the cotton mills or the penitentiary, and instead became a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The New York Times. It is the story of Bragg's father, a hard-drinking man with a murderous temper and the habit of running out on the people who needed him most. But at the center of this soaring memoir is Bragg's mother, who went eighteen 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. Evoking these lives - and the country that shaped and nourished them - with artistry, honesty, and compassion, Rick Bragg brings hone the love and suffering that lie at the heart of every family. The result is unforgettable.
Good book, but this audiobook is abridged, DONT BUY
I was really looking forward to listening to this book, however, the version is abridged, and therefore a TON of content is left out. No where on this page does it say that it is abridged or else I wouldn't have bought it. The thumbnail is too small to tell if it is abridged or not, and of course there is no indication in the title that it is). I would recommend buying this book and reading it since it's very good (which is what I ended up doing), but NOT getting it on audiobook. I've never understood why authors abridge their work for audiobooks. Such a shame.