i've read quite a few books in my adult life, but no author speaks to me the way rick bragg does. he's my favorite. i can hear myself speaking with a southern twang in my head as i read over his words. his book like all over but the shoutin', ava's man and the prince of frogtown literally transport me to alabama, i feel like i'm a part of his story, a part of his family which he write about...now that's a good writer. i hope i have the opportunity to meet him some day, maybe just to hear his southern voice in person.