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Bragg, Rick Somebody told me; the newspaper stories of Rick Bragg.

Random House, Vintage. 277p. c2000. 0-375-72552-0. $13.00. SA

Stories of heroes, death, life and triumph--all seasoned with a "bit of southern humor and perspective"--make this an entertaining and informative read. A national correspondent for the New York Times based in New Orleans, Bragg gives the reader a glimpse of human drama and complex relationships in an historical context of the 20th-century South-a region reflecting the great social, economic, and political changes of modern times.

The book is nicely divided into thematic categories--"Secrets," "Silver Hair-Golden Years," and "Colors" are examples-which is a nice readability feature. Another positive aspect is the combination of readability and thematic structure--lending to effective use as an assignment-based tool in a variety of high school curriculum areas (sociology, U.S. history, English, etc.) My only wish for this excellent presentation would be the inclusion of an index. The wealth of information associated with this work would make it a great reference tool for SLMAs across the nation. Tom Adamich, Tech. Serv., Stetson Univ., College of Law, S. Pasadena, CA
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Author:Adamich, Tom
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Date:Jan 1, 2002
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