By Rick Bragg
A brand new York instances awesome booklet of the YearThis haunting, harrowing, gloriously relocating recollection of a existence at the American margin is the tale of Rick Bragg, who grew up dirt-poor in northeastern Alabama, possible destined for both the cotton generators or the detention center, and as a substitute turned a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the recent York occasions. it's the tale of Bragg's father, a hard-drinking guy with a murderous mood and the behavior of operating out at the those who wanted him most.But on the middle of this hovering memoir is Bragg's mom, who went eighteen years with no new gown in order that her sons can have institution outfits and picked different people's cotton in order that her young children should not have to continue to exist welfare on my own. Evoking those lives--and the rustic that formed and nourished them--with artistry, honesty, and compassion, Rick Bragg brings domestic the affection and pain that lie on the center of each kin. the result's unforgettable.
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There was poetry and trash, Zane Grey’s Riders of the Purple Sage, and a paperback with two naked women on the cover. There was a tiny, old copy of Arabian Nights, threadbare Hardy Boys, and one Hemingway. He had bought most of them at a yard sale, by the box or pound, and some at a ea market. He did not even know what he was giving me, did not recognize most of the writers. “Your momma said you still liked to read,” he said. There was Shakespeare. My father did not know who he was, exactly, but he had heard the name.
I am sure they cannot remember mine. The Midway Drive-In Theater is long gone now, as if, by providence, someone saw t to remove the scene of so many lovely lies.
He talked of a hound dog he had that could climb a tree, of the time a rattlesnake bit Boots, his momma’s fat Chihuahua, and how she swelled up like a beach ball. I had heard them all before, or thought I had, when I was a child, but I cannot say it was a bad thing to hear them again. I asked him once or twice to tell me about Korea, because I was a boy and boys are thrilled with war. But he just said nawwwwww, he didn’t like to dwell on it, that I should thank the Lord I never had to go. Finally the bottle was down to a swallow or two and he was huddled back in a corner of the couch, quiet, as satisfyingly, numbingly drunk as a man in his condition could be.
All over but the shouting by Rick Bragg