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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,202 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rick Bragg Narrator: Rick Bragg Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this final volume of the beloved American saga that began with All Over but the Shoutin’ and continued with Ava’s Man,Rick Bragg closes his circle of family stories with an unforgettable tale about fathers and sons inspired by his own relationship with his ten-year-old stepson.

He learns, right from the start, that a man who chases a woman with a child is like a dog who chases a car and wins. He discovers that he is unsuited to fatherhood, unsuited to fathering this boy in particular, a boy who does not know how to throw a punch and doesn’t need to; a boy accustomed to love and affection rather than violence and neglect; in short, a boy wholly unlike the child Rick once was, and who longs for a relationship with Rick that Rick hasn’t the first inkling of how to embark on. With the weight of this new boy tugging at his clothes, Rick sets out to understand his father, his son, and himself.

The Prince of Frogtown documents a mesmerizing journey back in time to the lush Alabama landscape of Rick’s youth, to Jacksonville’s one-hundred-year-old mill, the town’s blight and salvation; and to a troubled, charismatic hustler coming of age in its shadow, Rick’s father, a man bound to bring harm even to those he truly loves. And the book documents the unexpected corollary to it, the marvelous journey of Rick’s later life: a journey into fatherhood, and toward a child for whom he comes to feel a devotion that staggers him. With candor, insight, tremendous humor, and the remarkable gift for descriptive storytelling on which he made his name, Rick Bragg delivers a brilliant and moving rumination on the lives of boys and men, a poignant reflection on what it means to be a father and a son.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Shirley | 1/16/2014

    " This is Rick Bragg's third memoir about his family. In this one he has married and become a stepfather to a nine year old boy. His new parenthood prods him to look back at his father's life that he reviled in his first memoir, All Over But the Shoutin'. Here he revisits his father's damaged life and in alternating chapters writes about his experience as the father to his son. A powerful, funny, poignant read. Listened to on CD as read by the author with his wonderful Southern voice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Janet | 1/7/2014

    " I liked the parallels Rick Bragg makes between becoming a father to his wife's son and the short relationship he had with his own father who died at an age earlier than he was at the time of writing the book. His backtracking research to discover who the man was unlocks some mysteries about what is going on before his eyes with "the boy." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Carla | 1/5/2014

    " I wish I were a better writer because then I would be able to do this book justice. It's a story I'm sure many people in that era could have written about their lives but Rick Bragg does an amazing job. It's awesome that such a talent could come from the life he had. I'm sure he would give credit to his Mother and his Grandmothers. This story is about them but more about his relationship with his Father and with his Stepson set in the Appalachian Mountains and the South before, during and after World War II. It's well worth your time to read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tim Wendel | 1/3/2014

    " I love how this memoir shifted from past to present. Bragg's thoughts about becoming a father, rather late in life, tug at the heartstrings. "

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