#2,211 Rick Bragg.

As I read my new Rick Bragg book into the wee hours of the morning, this story about New Orleans made my heart ache for a trip to the Crescent City.

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Have you read this book? Is he not the most descriptive, talented writer you ever read? I know my mama is nodding her head as she reads this. You have to get this book if you are a good Southerner or if you only wish you were.

Also, Uncle Big and Jesse had the most fun scaring Lucy to death and getting her to shriek in terror/delight then chase her while making bear roars:

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When we left I said,

“Night night, Lu. I love you!”

She said, “You coming back?” I said, “Yes!”

She said, “Big coming back?” I said, “Yes!”

She said, “For tickles.” And then she held up her bear claws.

She’s one cool little girl, y’all.