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Essays from the South in ‘My Southern Journey’

When journalist, author and essayist Rick Bragg lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he lost 30 pounds and got healthy. A bagel, he writes, is a biscuit that’s been saved. When he got back to his South and those grilled shrimp on cornbread, the fried oyster po’boys, the footlongs and other traveling food like cracklin’s, well, “Help me, somebody.”