Sunday, December 20, 2015

My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South by Rick Bragg

From the New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner comes this collection of essays on life in the south.  Keenly observed and well written with his usual dose of humor Bragg writes about home, place, and the spirit that encompasses his native Alabama as well as Cajun country and the Gulf Coast.  These stories were collected from a decade of his writing about the region that he loves and understands probably better than us all.  His unique gift for storytelling is brought home in a powerful way by the sensitivity and depth of his prose.
One of the many passages that spoke to me:  "...I hope I will never have a life that is not surrounded by books, by books that are bound in paper and cloth and glue, such perishable things for ideas that have lasted thousands of years, or just since the most recent Harry Potter.  I hope I am always walled in by the very weight and breadth and clumsy, inefficient, antiquated bulk of them, hope that I spend my last days on this Earth, arranging and rearranging them on thrones of good, honest pine, oak, and mahogany, because they just feel good in my hands, because I just like to look at their covers, and dream of the promise of the great stories inside."
I love Rick's books.  I Love the man.  Here's your chance to discover one of the great southern writers.

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