Books by Rick Bragg

THE BEST COOK IN THE WORLD by Rick Bragg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 24, 2018

"Affectionate, funny, and beautifully written: a book for every fan of real food."
Heartfelt, often hilarious stories from an Alabama kitchen, a place from which issue wondrous remembrances and wondrous foods alike. Read full book review >
JERRY LEE LEWIS by Rick Bragg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"From a skilled storyteller comes this entertaining, sympathetic story of a life flaring with fire, shuddering with shakin'."
An iconic rocker receives a warm, admiring biography from a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author. Read full book review >
THE PRINCE OF FROGTOWN by Rick Bragg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2008

"A mixed bag, redeemed by the author's portrait of his father, rendered with rawboned honesty and heartache."
Pulitzer Prize-winner Bragg returns to the rural Alabama home turf of Ava's Man (2001) and All Over But the Shoutin' (1997) with a double narrative that braids two emotional journeys. Read full book review >
AVA’S MAN by Rick Bragg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A book that flashes with affection and respect for Charlie and the vanishing culture he represents, one we will be immensely the poorer for losing."
The story of a man who could charm a bird off a wire, beat the tar out of a threat, dandle a baby, tend a still, and smile—no, live—right through the meanest poverty the South could throw at him, from New York Times reporter and Pulitzer-winner Bragg (All Over But the Shoutin', 1996, etc.). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2000

"`There is a lot of sadness in this [book] because the best stories in the newspaper are those of people in trouble,` Bragg warns. Journalists, sociologists, and psychologists will find much in Bragg's observations to consider and reconsider. Most readers will, too."
A collection of did-you-hear-about-the-person-who articles by a Pulitzer-winning New York Times feature reporter. Read full book review >
ALL OVER BUT THE SHOUTIN' by Rick Bragg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 17, 1997

"His memoir is a model of humility combined with pride in one's accomplishments."
A celebrated Pulitzer Prizewinning New York Times reporter turns his investigative attention to his own past: growing up poor and making his way from rural Alabama to the top of his profession. Read full book review >