My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South

My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South

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by Rick Bragg
     
 

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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

From the celebrated bestselling author of All Over but the Shoutin' and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Rick Bragg, comes a poignant and wryly funny collection of essays on life in the south.

Keenly observed and written with his insightful and deadpan sense of humor, he explores enduring Southern truths about home

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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

From the celebrated bestselling author of All Over but the Shoutin' and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Rick Bragg, comes a poignant and wryly funny collection of essays on life in the south.

Keenly observed and written with his insightful and deadpan sense of humor, he explores enduring Southern truths about home, place, spirit, table, and the regions' varied geographies, including his native Alabama, Cajun country, and the Gulf Coast. Everything is explored, from regional obsessions from college football and fishing, to mayonnaise and spoonbread, to the simple beauty of a fish on the hook.

Collected from over a decade of his writing, with many never-before-published essays written specifically for this edition, My Southern Journey is an entertaining and engaging read, especially for Southerners (or feel Southern at heart) and anyone who appreciates great writing.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/14/2015
Full of homespun philosophy and reflection, the 72 short essays in this collection from Pulitzer-winner Bragg (All Over But the Shoutin') present a paean to his Southern roots. Grouped under "Home," "Table," "Place," "Craft," and "Spirit," the pieces explore a range of themes, including Alabama red dirt, rednecks, football, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, gospel singing, All Saints Day in New Orleans, and in the best section, Southern homestyle cooking. Each essay is steeped in personal memories and experiences and most are infectiously funny; for example, "For a Vegetable, I'll Have White Gravy," a celebration of Southern comfort food, asserts that a bagel is "a biscuit without sin or indulgence." They are also full of down-to-earth insights, such as an observation prompted by neighbors working together after a ferocious storm: "As Southerners, we know that a man with a chainsaw is worth 10 with a clipboard, that there is no hurt in this world, even in the storm of the century, that cannot be comforted with a casserole, and that faith, in the hereafter or in neighbors who help you through the here and now, cannot be knocked down." Even confirmed Northerners will find the genial charm of these essays hard to resist. (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780848746391
Publisher:
Oxmoor House
Publication date:
09/15/2015
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
15,356
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Rick Bragg is the Pulitzer Prize winning author of All Over but the Shoutin,' Ava's Man, and The Prince of Frogtown. Bragg, who has written for numerous magazines, including Sports Illustrated and Food & Wine, was a newspaper reporter for two decades, covering high school football for the Jacksonville News, and, among other topics, Islamic fundamentalism for The New York Times. He has won more than 50 significant writing awards, in books and journalism, including, twice, the American Society of Newspaper Editors Distinguished Writing Award. A graduate of Jacksonville State University, Bragg was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. Bragg is currently Professor of Writing in the Journalism Department at the University of Alabama, and lives in Tuscaloosa.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New Orleans, Louisiana
Date of Birth:
July 26, 1959
Place of Birth:
Possum Trot, Alabama
Education:
Attended Jacksonville State University for six months in 1970; attended Harvard University, 1992-1993

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My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous 10 months ago
This collection of stories are funny and poignant and took me back to a simpler time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rick Bragg is the most real person I've never met His Alabama and my Oklahoma are distant cousins It's great to know you are not alone This is the real America!
Delphimo 4 days ago
Okay, I am one of those “Yankees” that Rick Bragg lightly condemns in his Southern Journey. I listened to over 7 hours of Rick Bragg reading his book of his Alabama beginnings and travels throughout the South. The first aspect is that the reader hears the “true” Southern accent and is lured into the soft-spoken language of the South with Rick’s reading. Bragg embellishes his journals with the stories of the South, as told by someone who loves all the food, family, and quirks of the Southern life. A story is not merely told, but enriched with descriptive language. Of course, Bragg covers the bad and the good, the sad and the funny. One of my favorite stories is the one of Pretty Girl, the mangy dog, that adopted Rick’s family. I also enjoyed his journey with his brother to buy clothes and the frenzy of the Southern children when snow fell. Talk of food and the preparation of fried chicken in the skillet and the endless glasses of sweet ice tea emerge constantly. Life is rich in family and tradition and almost void of electronic devices.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The North had Erma Bombeck and the South has Rick Bragg---enough said. Buy the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love everything Rick Bragg writes, but I love most when he writes about his family, his life, his South, my south. When a writer can bring you to tears in the intro you know you are in the hands of a master. Take time read this book, savor the flavor, get to know the people, the land, you won't be sorry. Wonderful read!