Book Review (Southern Literature Month): All Over but the Shoutin’ by Rick Bragg

Southern Literature Month

This is my fourth post for fellow book blog, The Blog of Litwits’Southern Literature Month. My previous three posts were light and uplifting Southern fiction…this one is a bit different, but absolutely deserves a spot in Southern Literature Month!

All Over but the Shoutin', Rick Bragg, memoir, alcoholism, alcoholic fathers, Southern memoir, Southern, Alabama, povertyNonfiction – Memoir
Released December, 1991
354 Pages
Bottom Line: Read it.
Link to this book on Amazon

Plot Summary of All Over but the Shoutin’

Bragg recounts his childhood growing up destitute, with an alcoholic and mostly absentee father, in rural Alabama.

My Thoughts on All Over but the Shoutin’: 

In his heart-breaking, but hilarious memoir, Bragg mixes stories of “young-boy-in-the-country” hi-jinks (i.e. the hilarious) with the impact of an irresponsible, alcoholic father on his family (i.e. the heart-breaking).

And, as a counterpoint to his father, Bragg’s memories of his mother add a much-needed heartwarming element.

This book is on my Book Club Recommendations and Books for Guys lists.

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  1. Toady wrote:

    I have another Rick Bragg book on my Nonfiction November post. I am adding this one to my TBR. I didn’t know that Southern Literature Month was a thing. Is it still happening each year?

    Posted 11.22.16 Reply

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