By Rick Bragg
A New York Times amazing ebook of the Year
This haunting, harrowing, gloriously relocating recollection of a lifestyles at the American margin is the tale of Rick Bragg, who grew up dirt-poor in northeastern Alabama, likely destined for both the cotton generators or the detention center, and as a substitute turned a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The long island Times. it's the tale of Bragg's father, a hard-drinking guy with a murderous mood and the behavior of working out at the those who wanted him most.
But on the heart of this hovering memoir is Bragg's mom, who went eighteen years with no new gown in order that her sons may have institution outfits and picked different people's cotton in order that her young children wouldn't need to live to tell the tale welfare by myself. Evoking those lives--and the rustic that formed and nourished them--with artistry, honesty, and compassion, Rick Bragg brings domestic the affection and affliction that lie on the middle of each family members. the result's unforgettable.
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