In this irresistible collection of wide-ranging and endearingly personal columns culled from his best-loved pieces in Southern Living and Garden & Gun, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Rick Bragg muses on everything from his love of Tupperware to the decline of country music; from the legacy of Harper Lee to the metamorphosis of the pickup truck; and from the best way to kill fire ants to why any self-respecting Southern man worth his salt should carry a good knife.
An ode to the stories and the history of the South, crackling with tenderness, wit, and deep affection, Where I Come From celebrates “a litany of great talkers, blue-green waters, deep casseroles, kitchen-sink permanents, lying fishermen, haunted mansions, and dogs that never die, things that make this place more than a dotted line on a map or a long-ago failed rebellion, even if only in some cold-weather dream.” Evoking the beauty and the odd particularity of humble origins, Bragg's searching vision, generous humor, and richly nuanced voice bring a place, a people, and a world vividly to life.
About the Author
Rick Bragg is the author of twelve books, including the best-selling Ava’s Man and All Over but the Shoutin’. He writes a monthly column for Southern Living, teaches writing at the University of Alabama, and is also a regular contributor to Garden & Gun magazine. He lives in Alabama.
“A dose of humor or nostalgia or adventure or, quite often, descriptions of food that make you feel you can’t live another minute without a plate of fried chicken.” —The Tampa Bay Times
“Bragg’s unfeigned writing, knowing truisms and funny advice holds strong throughout this stress-allaying book. . . . It’s a fascinating glimpse into the elaborate, emotional filing system that is a writer’s mind.” —The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“Without even trying, Bragg explains why it is humans came to believe in miracles.” —USA Today
“Another heapin’ helpin’ of feel-good musings.” —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Vintage Bragg: comforting, thought-provoking and as heartfelt as it gets. . . . [His] voice is as rich as ever as he finds fresh ways of telling stories both hilarious and poignant. . . . Where I Come From is a series of vignettes—little jewels on family, faith, food and Fords.” —BookPage