Title: All Over But the Shoutin’
Author: Rick Bragg
Performed by: Frank Muller
Publisher/Date: Recorded Books/2016
Dates listened to: 3/10/17 – 4/16/17
In a book dedicated to his mom, Rick Bragg touches on the bases of his family – dad, mom, and two brothers. Raised in Alabama close to the Georgia border, Rick and his family were poor. Rick credits his mother to giving up material things for herself so that her sons would not want from lack of clothes, food and the basics.
Rick was the boy in the middle. Sam was about 3 years older, Mark, three years younger. The father was absent much of the time – yet left a love of books to Rick. When Rick reached adulthood and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1996, for Feature Writing that covered stories among which are about the bombing of the federal office building in Oklahoma City in April 1995, and later that year of the woman named Susan Smith who killed her two young sons.
Later, Rick wanted to give back to his mother for her years of hardship and bought her a house. He struggled with wondering if he was buying the home for the right reason -- to help his mom or because of the guilt if he didn’t buy it. Rick married once but that didn’t work out. Rather than settle down, he would rather be flying to an assignment and writing from his heart the stories of people he met.