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Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of All over but the Shoutin' and The Best Cook in the World, a collection of his irresistible columns from Southern Living and Garden & Gun.

Celebrated author and newspaper columnist Rick Bragg brings us an ode to the stories and history of the Deep South, filled with “eclectic nuggets about places and people he knows well” (USA Today) and written with honesty, wit, and deep affection. 

A collection of wide-ranging and endearingly personal columns — from Bragg’s love of Tupperware (his mother preferred margarine tubs and thought Tupperware was “just showing off”) to the decline of country music, from the legacy of Harper Lee to the metamorphosis of the pickup truck to the best way to kill fire ants — Where I Come From is a book that will be treasured by fans old and new.

©2020 Rick Bragg (P)2020 Random House Audio

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Trump Hater

I was enjoying the book until he had a couple chapters on his Trump hate. He seemed like a bright guy, until he alienated half his readers with his Trump hate. I was going to buy more of his books, but not now. I guess liberals writers just can’t help themselves. Their hate for Trump makes them foam at the mouth and go into a rage. Pathetic.

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Great writing as usual

What’s better than reading a book by Rick Bragg? Rick Bragg reading his book to you, that’s what! As usual I’m hooked with the first few words he reads. He’s one of my favorite Southern writers. His stories have been a balm to my soul during the pandemic. Hoping he’s already working on his next one.

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Rick Bragg- Need I Say More?

In my last review of a Rick Bragg book I begged him to keep writing. Well, apparently he listened to me! LOL
This writer transports me to a place I've never been, yet it is so familiar.


My brother knows how much I love RB and told me about his new book, which I wasn't aware existed. I immediately downloaded it because I have to listen to his dreamy drawl. Then I went to Amazon to order the hardcover. I then clicked Follow on his page so I never miss out. That's how much I love this guy.


In my mind he's a lot like Pat Conroy in his literary genius. Well, there is a passage where the reader finds out they were indeed friends. No surprise.


A lot of reviewers say things like "if you're Southern you'll appreciate him". Wrong. I'm not Southern but a native NYer. He writes about humanity in a way in which we can all relate.


The prologue alone is spectacular.


Thank you for another literary feast, Mr. Bragg!

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Loved it!

This book is like going to a family reunion! The part about HOT CHICKEN had me in tears from laughter, which is GREAT unless you are driving 😳. Listening to Rick Bragg as the narrator is perfect. It’s also like getting to talk to my Dad again. From a woman with a Southern heart and soul THANK YOU .

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South and straight on til dawn

No one reads Rick Bragg better than Rick Bragg himself. All warm Gulf and buttermilk biscuits even in winter.

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Another masterpiece from an American treasure

Rick Bragg is my favorite living author. He could make reading a phone book enjoyable.

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Beguiling atmospheric stories from the Deep South

Rick Bragg is one of the great, but perhaps under appreciated, writers of our time. From Ava's Man to My Southern Journey to this new one, Where I Come From, he draws the reader into his world past and present.

Very much a southern historian his words paint pictures giving the reader insight and empathy into the day to day struggles of life in Alabama 100 years ago as easily as he describes his favorite meal, or moment with his mom, from a month ago.

His southern drawl is reason enough to get the audio book, come for the accent, stay for the stories.

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Authors shouldn’t read their books

I love Rick Bragg’s writing and have purchased all his books, but I can’t stay awake listening to this. I finally gave up and use it as a sleep aid. He has a great, slow, mellow voice with a great southern accent, but there’s no inflection. I will still read his books going forward, but will only listen to this when I have trouble sleeping though.

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Southern Comfort

His stories always make me smile with memories of things I've done and places I've been.

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Loved it

As expected this book was superb. So heartfelt and moving. A continuation of his life story.

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