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My Southern Journey
My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South | Rick Bragg
From celebrated New York Times bestselling 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, he 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 from 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 read, especially for Southerners (or feel Southern at heart) and anyone who appreciates great writing.
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robinb
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The always wonderful @Librarybelle is celebrating a milestone of reaching 200K in Litfluence (way to go!) by hosting a #200KGiveaway!

I would love to read the tagged book because...well...I can relate to the title. 🤣🤣 Oh yeah...and Rick Bragg is hilarious! 😊

Thanks for the offer and congrats! 🎉🎉🎉💐💐

Librarybelle Thank you! 😊 Bragg is a good choice! 1mo
robinb @Librarybelle 👍😊 1mo
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megnews
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Switching gears back to Rick Bragg. He‘s so funny. 😂

Bookwormjillk Loved this book 5mo
Crazeedi Hilarious, lol🤣 5mo
tammysue I always read his article first in Southern Living magazine, just adore his wit! 5mo
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Ncostell
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Pickpick

This was great on audio as Rick Bragg reads it himself. This is a collection of essays that he‘s written over the years for different magazines. I have yet to read any of his other books but will definitely seek them out as he‘s such a wonderful storyteller. I think I‘ll check out the audiobooks as I could listen to him talk all day!

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Bookwormjillk A very RB quote! 5mo
Lauram I love this! I‘m sending it to teacher friends. Last year, school in my district was cancelled 3-4 days because of unsafe building temperatures. 5mo
megnews @Lauram 👍🏻👍🏻 my kids had a few days off for hot weather too. I don‘t recall that when I was growing up. 5mo
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Bookwormjillk
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I‘m torn on my favorite audiobook to pick for the #bfc photo challenge. But if @wanderinglynn is going to force me to pick I‘ll choose My Southern Journey. (Goal 6 books, 5 read after 4 weeks.)

dariazeoli Nice work! 🎧 5mo
wanderinglynn Thanks for sharing! I‘m glad you‘ve been enjoying all your books. 💜 5mo
BookwormAHN Nice choice 👏🏻 5mo
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Bookwormjillk
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I absolutely loved this as an audiobook. Rick Bragg is an excellent author and reader, and I will look for more by him.

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Bookwormjillk
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Week one #bfc check in:
15,000 steps a day- ✅
(Yesterday was only about 9k but I made up for it on the other days. A work retreat kept me in meetings all day yesterday. Life happens.)
Vitamins every day- ✅
2 audiobooks read while walking/moving (goal is 6)
My Southern Journey
An Incomplete Revenge (Maisie Dobbs)

Looking forward to next week when the weather should be better and I don‘t have to travel

Pictured is a pretty pond I saw on my walk

wanderinglynn Life does happen. Way to adapt! 🙌🏻 And that‘s a great first week! 🙌🏻 6mo
bewareofwords Great job!! And how pretty. 😍 6mo
BookwormAHN Way to go 👏🏻 6mo
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Readergrrl 15,000 steps!!! Wow! I‘m impressed! I‘m pushing it to get 9,000! 6mo
Read4life Super job! 👏🏻 6mo
Bookwormjillk @Readergrrl My commute gives me a built in 5k steps every day, so I guess I‘m lucky in that way. 6mo
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Bookwormjillk
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Today was so busy I hit my step count without trying. And maybe I washed my vitamins down with some ice cream, but at least I took them!

I‘m loving this audiobook and am sad it‘s almost over.

#bfc

Pictured: a tiny bird egg I saw on my way home from dropping the kids at school this morning

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 6mo
Caterina Great job!! 🎉 It's such a lovely bittersweet feeling to not want a book to end. ❤️ 6mo
bewareofwords That egg is so cool. 😱 Good work on finishing today‘s goals! 6mo
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Hestapleton Vitamins should always be taken with ice cream. I am a firm believer. 6mo
Kaye Isn‘t Rick Bragg the greatest ? I could listen to him all day. 6mo
TheSpineView Great job! 6mo
Megabooks Ice cream is awesome! Everyone should indulge sometimes! 6mo
BookwormAHN Great job 👏🏻 6mo
hilded Excellent way to wash down those vitamins 🤣 6mo
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Bookwormjillk
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Today was one of those days where I had to drag myself out to meet my goal, and then I sat down as soon as possible. Oh well, I got it done.

Seen on my walk: a random shoe on a fence.
#bfc @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn But the important thing is you did it! 🙌🏻 Way to go! 6mo
Caterina You sure did get it done!! Yay!! 🎉 🎉 The biggest wins are when you make it out there anyway! Also I'd wear that shoe. 😂 6mo
Kaye Good job. Don‘t give up. 6mo
Bookwormjillk @Caterina me too! It‘s a nice shoe! 6mo
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Bookwormjillk
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I had to take three shorter walks today in order to dodge the monsoons sweeping through. I would have never made the effort if it weren‘t for the #bfc so thanks @wanderinglynn

I‘m really loving this book too! It‘s great on audio.

Pictured here: my daughter taking advantage of the huge puddles in my second walk.

Tamra Kids would LOVE these puddles! 😆 6mo
BookwormAHN Fantastic 👏🏻 6mo
wanderinglynn Wow! Way to go! 🙌🏻 6mo
TheSpineView Nice job! 6mo
DivineDiana Now that is a fierce young lady! 👏🏻💗💪🏻 6mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This collection, largely culled from Southern Living, also contains articles originally published in Sports Illustrated, GQ, and more. Bragg‘s stories of Alabama and New Orleans, food, family, and SEC football together form a nice little love letter to the south. His soothing drawl - I listened to the audio - and wry wit are a delightful combination. He writes with such love and humor. I adore him.

Kaye ♥️ 7mo
jillrhudy That audiobook is phenomenal. I also adore him 🥰 (edited) 7mo
britt_brooke @jillrhudy I read All Over but the Shoutin‘ years ago, but since meeting him in September, I‘ve realized I need more of him in my life! 7mo
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This writer!! I laughed often and heartily 😅

Kaye ♥️♥️♥️ 10mo
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If you are from any Southern state like Louisiana, Georgia, Mississippi or if you're Cajun, this hits close to home. @JoScho @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @kaye
"I have seldom felt helpless in my life. I hold to the hillbilly standard that there is no situation so hopeless that, through perseverance, I cannot make worse."

robinb ...Alabama...stacked! 10mo
Kimzey Alabama also stacked. I‘ve enjoyed hearing Rick Bragg speak a number of times. He‘s highly entertaining! 10mo
Kaye Rick Bragg is wonderful. I‘m not Southern, but he makes me wish I was. I think it‘s the first story in here about “Roses”, that is so beautiful. I‘ve always thought the same. Give people flowers while they‘re alive. Not when they‘re dead. (edited) 10mo
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JoScho I need to read this or maybe listen on audio since @kaye recommends it. I was born in the country, had a tobacco stick house in a dirt field to play in and a pet goat. Plus when I met him he was so very nice. 10mo
Kaye @JoScho I‘d highly recommend the audio. Just listening to his voice is restful. 10mo
Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @JoScho @kaye It is just so human and funny and bittersweet 10mo
Kaye Bingo Eggs. That‘s why I like him so much 10mo
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Hollie 😍 11mo
LeahBergen Ohhh! 😍😍 11mo
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jdiehr
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Pickpick

I need me some more Rick Bragg audiobooks stat! Loved listening to these heartfelt, heartwarming stories of the South. I am not a southerner, but I sure did enjoy these yarns.

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I have enjoyed every minute of this audiobook so far. Rick Bragg and his slow, southern drawl - love it!

Kaye Isn‘t it relaxing, listening to him ? I wish his earlier books weren‘t abridged audios. I‘d buy them if they were complete. 11mo
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Kdgordon88
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1) Turkey
2) spuds and gravy [if I can make it without lumps...gravy is always a crap shoot)
3) Cornbread dressing
4) Lemon Meringue Pie

#SundayFunday @sebrittain

sebrittainclark ❤🧡🦃🧡❤ 12mo
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Spent the last day and a half with a terrible migraine 😫and didn‘t get a chance to post what I picked up at the Louisiana Book Festival. Great books but even better was getting to hang out with @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @Slajaunie and @thevictoriousone . It was a great day, thank you ladies!

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled So sorry about your migraine!! It was great to see you. Glad you got some good reads! 12mo
Slajaunie It was fun indeed! Glad you could make it. So sorry about your migraine! 12mo
Slajaunie We need to get a picture next time! @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @thevictoriousone 12mo
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This made me holler.

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Blueberry
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I haven't been able to find this in the library or bookstore at home but now that I'm in Kentucky for a few months I found it at Barnes and Noble. :)

Kaye Beautiful book ! Enjoy. 1y
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Back to muffins and short stories on this relaxing Sunday.

Kaye Love Rick Bragg. The audio is beautiful. ✨✨✨✨✨✨ 2y
goodbyefrancie Love his books, especially on audio. His voice is wonderful. 2y
mabell Muffins sound good! 2y
BookMaven407 @goodbyefrancie @Kaye thanks for the suggestion. I‘m going to see if they have the audio at the library. 👍 2y
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BookMaven407
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Lazy Sunday reading short stories. ❤️watching this bull stargaze from her couch. 🐶

mabell Too cute! I love the paws over the back. ❤️🐶 2y
Tanzy13 🐶 2y
BookNAround So sweet! 2y
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Ashley_Nicoletto Your dog is so cute. ❤️ 2y
kalinichta Those ears. 💕 2y
Megara 😍 2y
MicheleinPhilly My nugget loves to people watch from the back of the couch too. ❤️ 2y
TricksyTails 😍🐶 Those ears! How many 🐶 do you have? 2y
BookMaven407 @MicheleinPhilly Pickles is so cute! 2y
BookMaven407 @TricksyTails I have three sweet 🐶. This is Moretti and she is a rescue. 🐾 2y
TricksyTails She's so cute! Can Moretti do algebra yet? 😆 2y
BookMaven407 @TricksyTails ?she's working on it, she's the "baby." 2y
TricksyTails Awww! Hugs and kisses for the baby 🐶♥️ We'll see her doing calculus soon enough! 😉 2y
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On Sunday's I enjoy short stories with my coffee. ☕️

BookMaven407 @cathysaid Thanks for the recommendation, this is my first read by the author. 2y
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LisaJo
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"It's not hard to do something," he said, "when you ain't guessing. "

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LauraBeth
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Reading aloud to my mom in the hospital. One day I'll have to let Rick Bragg know that he was the only thing that could make my mom and I laugh together in such grim circumstances. 💕

Angeles Sorry to hear of your mom's illness. Best wishes and keep on reading, it always cheers me up 3y
MicheleinPhilly ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 3y
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TrishB 💗 I don't know him - but he's doing a good job! 3y
saresmoore Gratitude and giggles go a long way. So much love to you both. 💞 3y
Suet624 I've been thinking of you both so often. 💕💕 3y
Jas16 ❤️ 3y
DarcysMom I have been thinking of you and your mom. I am glad you have both found a little laughter. 💟💟💟 3y
LauraBeth @melbeautyandbooks, @Angeles, @MicheleinPhilly, @TrishB, @saresmoore, @Suet624, @Jas16, @DarcysMom thanks for y'all's kindness and support. We're still waiting to hear prognosis but from everything I can piece together so far, it seems 3-6 months. 3y
LeahBergen Oh, I love his Mama! Is this the last page of Southern Living? Sending love to you and your Mom. 😘😘 3y
LauraBeth Thanks @LeahBergen 💕😘 Yes! It's the last page of Southern Living! 😀 3y
LeahBergen I discovered that magazine while my husband was working in Alabama and loved Rick Bragg's stories. I can still find it occasionally here in Canada. 😃 3y
Smrloomis 💜💜💜 3y
KathyWheeler He reads the audiobook and he's the perfect person for it. 3y
TNbookworm So glad you and your mom can find a little joy reading Rick Bragg. 3y
LauraBeth @LeahBergen it's a staple here in the south! 😂 3y
LauraBeth @KathyWheeler oh my gosh - it never occurred to me to play the audiobook for her! Thanks! 😀 3y
RealBooks4ever **hugs** 💜 3y
CherylDeFranceschi Sending hugs. 3y
Chassie I was going to suggest him on audio, too. He's a fantastic reader of his own work. Hugs to you. 3y
minkyb 😘😘😘 3y
auntie_jenn 🤗 to you both 🤗 3y
LauraBeth @Chassie I'll definitely try and get this on audio - I'm sure she'd rather hear him than me! 😘 3y
LauraBeth @minkyb 😘😘😘 3y
LauraBeth @auntie_jenn 😘😘💕💕 3y
LauraBrook Been thinking about you two. Prayers headed your way now! 💖 3y
LauraBeth @laurabrook Aww - thanks, sister! 💕 3y
Tanner Hugs to you. 💞 3y
Cinfhen Love that reading is bringing you both joy & laughter! It's the ultimate gift 💗💗💗 3y
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Qemorio
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We're all set up and ready for the Tennessee Williams Festival tomorrow.

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Stumbled onto this batch of yarns while looking for something available on Overdrive. His audio version is excellent, just like having a family reunion and having a conversation with a cousin. Memories of Moms, good food, fishing and childhood delivered in his Alabama drawl. Do yourself a favor and listen when you need a break from the outside world.

Laura317 Sounds perfect for an evening! Stacked. 3y
saresmoore Oh, yes please! 3y
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saresmoore @LeahBergen I haven't, but I just stacked it! Thank you! 3y
SaraFair @LeahBergen - just got it last week from the used bookstore for $1- jackpot. And my brother gets Garden and Gun magazine where he does a column monthly. I am going to let him know about him too. 3y
SaraFair @Laura317 @saresmoore - I liked it so much, I am thinking of buying each in my family one on cd for xmas. They would appreciate it. 3y
Laura317 I just downloaded this from Overdrive last night. I can't wait to listen. @SaraFair 3y
SaraFair @Laura317 - let me know what ya think! 3y
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Comfort reads for the holiday season! I described this book as "sitting on the front porch in a rocking chair with your uncles who are drinking whiskey, and listening to them all talk about how much they love their mama." Happy Holidays, from the imperfect South I can't help but still find beauty in, to your home.

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I wonder if, north of here, they might even run out of stories someday. It may seem silly, but it is cold up there, too cold to mosey, to piddle, to loafer, and summer only lasts a week and a half. The people spit the words out so fast when they talk, like they are trying to discard them somehow, banish them, rather than relish the sound and the story. We will not run out of them here. We talk like we are tasting something.

Laura317 I love this!! 3y
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Great bathroom read bc the chapters are 2 pages on average and stand on their own. Must-read for people who understand coleslaw, tomato sandwiches, and sausage gravy.

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Ain't no shame in my game! #crazycatlady 😽😸😺😼😻😾😿😹😾😻😻😹😾

nikirtehsuxlol I only have one cat btw 3y
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Pickpick

Loved these stories! Told in his southern voice, the listener slides smoothly into the nuances of southern living; past and present colliding, realigning and moving on.

Kaye I have this in audio form. Beautiful voice and interesting stories. 3y
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I finished this one a couple of days ago. Loved it. If you are from the South or know someone who is, you will relate to at least one thing in this book. Bragg delves into different cultural aspects of Southerners by telling us stories of his travels throughout the South.

djm001 I recommend the audio version because Rick Bragg reads the book, and you can't beat his Southern accent. 4y
Megabooks This Southern girl just added it! 4y
Avidreader25 I've loved his other books. 4y
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I have a pretty long drive back and forth to college, so I've been listening to this to pass the time. It's read by Rick Bragg and his accent is great. His southern journey has me contemplating my own. When I'm listening, it feels like home.

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