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Somebody Told Me: The Newspaper Stories of Rick Bragg

Somebody Told Me: The Newspaper Stories of Rick Bragg
Author: Rick Bragg
ISBN 13: 9780375725524
ISBN 10: 375725520
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: 2001-08-28
Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
List Price: $15.95

Some 60 of Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Bragg's articles, mostly written for the . The articles cover victims of natural disasters, prison inmates, economic inequality, the elderly, race, Louisiana bayou culture, schools, and other issues of the American scene (including three articles on former Alabama governor George Wallace and seven stories on Susan Smiththe Carolina woman accused of drowning her children after alleging a Black carjacker kidnapped them). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR


Stories of heroes, death, life and triumph—all seasoned with a "bit of southern humor and perspective"—make this an entertaining and informative read. A national correspondent for the New York Times based in New Orleans, Bragg gives the reader a glimpse of human drama and complex relationships in an historical context of the 20th-century South—a region reflecting the great social, economic, and political changes of modern times. The book is nicely divided into thematic categories—"Secrets," "Silver Hair-Golden Years," and "Colors" are examples—which is a nice readability feature. Another positive aspect is the combination of readability and thematic structure—lending to effective use as an assignment-based tool in a variety of high school curriculum areas (sociology, U.S. history, English, etc.) My only wish for this excellent presentation would be the inclusion of an index. The wealth of information associated with this work would make it a great reference tool for SLMAs across the nation. Category: Collections. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2000, Random House, Vintage, 277p., Ages 16 to adult. Reviewer: Tom Adamich; Tech. Serv., Stetson Univ., College of Law, S. Pas