My Southern Journey

  • by Rick Bragg
  • Narrated by Rick Bragg
  • 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From celebrated New York Times best-selling author 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, Bragg 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 with 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 listen, especially for Southerners (or Southerners at heart) and anyone who appreciates great writing.

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What the Critics Say

"Rick Bragg says Southern storytellers speak as if they're slowly chewing each word, savoring the sound and meaning. And that's just the way he presents this collection of his published essays.... His use of metaphor and rich descriptions comes across especially effectively when spoken." (AudioFile)

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The Incomparable Rick Bragg

What did you love best about My Southern Journey?

That he read it...his own voice and Southern cadence


What did you like best about this story?

The stories about food.


What does Rick Bragg bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He brings a stinging realism to being Southern that is hard to beat. And he is uncompromisingly honest.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.


Any additional comments?

Rick Bragg IS the voice of the south I think. I have read all his books and he is in a class all his own. His love of his sweet mother is just put out there with no self-consciousness or unmanly shame! He knows where he came from and celebrates it with every story and word. The South IS unique and he shows us why and makes us chuckle at it. He takes you back to your grandma's front porch with an ice cold sweating glass of sweet tea in your hand. His sense of place is incomparable...you feel, smell, and taste the south ....and find it good.Thank you Rick.

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- Karen Kinnison

Brushed Words

Other reviews talk about how this book relates to the south, the sense of place/belonging, the southern culture and Mr. Bragg's life. It is all those things- and more.
I have written reviews for only 2 of the 300+ books in my audible library. One for the creative genius of Heller's Catch 22 and one for a book on the other end of the spectrum. I use books to help me go to sleep but it is now 2:30 AM and I have excitedly gotten up to write a review about this book.

It is about the south. But the layering of the words, the word combinations, the phrases the imaginary are genius. I want to collect each phrase, throw them in a sack, save them, and yet run forward to the next one to collect it as well- all like the cotton pickers who drug their sacks down the long rows collecting cotton boles.

Mr. Bragg- if you read these reviews- 'Saludo'! Your writing is the difference between spraying paint and brushing it on. Spraying delivers particles of spray that when thick enough form a covering on a surface like a film. Brushing blends, contours to form and layers all the particles together in a deep cohesiveness. Sprayed words can be pretty. But brushed words - well-- they leave you gathering.
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- Tina M.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-15-2015
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.