By Rick Bragg
A brand new York occasions extraordinary ebook 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, likely destined for both the cotton turbines or the detention center, and as an alternative turned a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the recent York instances. 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 out a new gown in order that her sons can have college outfits and picked different people's cotton in order that her young children do not have to survive 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 agony that lie on the middle of each relatives. the result's unforgettable.
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The rivers froze, and at night the Chinese or North Koreans would inch their way across it, one or two at a time, and do their killing with knives. It was legend, those killings, designed to terrify. That night, or maybe it was morning, an assassin crept into his group, as he slept, and killed a man just inches away. My daddy reached out to shake him, maybe to shake him awake, and felt the blood that had leaked from his neck. He scrambled out of the shelter and into the biting cold, and saw him, the killer, on the ice.
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Sometimes it seemed like the country itself was just playing with them. Sometimes the ground was so hard that men walked over the mines and did not trip the trigger, and later in the day, when it had warmed a few degrees and the ground turned to mud again, one soldier would walk down a path that a thousand men had already tramped and have his feet ripped out from under him. So you never walked safe, you never walked free. Mortars would come whistling down from the sky and he was sure he was dead, but although men around him died he seemed to dance between the snow akes of shrapnel, waiting for the next one, and the next.
All over but the shouting by Rick Bragg