Pat Conroy
The Water Is Wide: A Memoir

The Water Is Wide: A Memoir

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Conroy's bestselling memoir about teaching impoverished students in South Carolina. The New York Times calls it "a hell of a good story." From the publisher: "The memoir of an inspiring teacher and the students who changed his life on an impoverished South Carolina island. Though the children of Yamacraw Island live less than two miles from the southern mainland, they can't name the US president or the ocean that surrounds them. Most can't read or write. Many of the students are the descendants of slaves, handicapped by poverty and isolation. When Pat Conroy arrives, an eager young teacher at the height of the civil rights movement, he finds a community still bound by the bitter effects of racism, but he is determined to give them a voice."

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The Prince of Tides

The Prince of Tides

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Pat Conroy at his best. The publisher calls this "a sweeping, powerful novel of unlocking the past to overcome the darkest of personal demons."

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My Reading Life

My Reading Life

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From the publisher: "Pat Conroy, the beloved American storyteller, is a voracious reader. Starting as a childhood passion that bloomed into a life-long companion, reading has been Conroy’s portal to the world. His interests range widely, from Milton to Tolkien, Philip Roth to Thucydides, encompassing poetry, history, philosophy, and any mesmerizing tale of his native South. In My Reading Life, Conroy revisits a life of reading through an array of wonderful and often surprising anecdotes: sharing the pleasures of the local library’s vast cache with his mother when he was a boy, recounting his decades-long relationship with the English teacher who pointed him onto the path of letters, and describing a profoundly influential period he spent  in Paris."

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South of Broad

South of Broad

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From the publisher: "Leopold Bloom King has been raised in a family shattered—and shadowed—by tragedy. Lonely and adrift, he searches for something to sustain him and finds it among a tightly knit group of outsiders. Surviving marriages happy and troubled, unrequited loves and unspoken longings, hard-won successes and devastating breakdowns, as well as Charleston, South Carolina's dark legacy of racism and class divisions, these friends will endure until a final test forces them to face something none of them are prepared for. Spanning two turbulent decades, South of Broad is Pat Conroy at his finest: a masterpiece from a great American writer whose passion for life and language knows no bounds."

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Three Novels: The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline, and The Prince of Tides

Three Novels: The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline, and The Prince of Tides

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From the publisher: "A trio of powerful New York Times bestsellers—which all became the basis for acclaimed films—from the award-winning Southern novelist. The Great Santini: A son struggles to escape the domineering expectations of his volatile military father. The Lords of Discipline: Will McLean begins his studies at the Carolina Military Institute during the Vietnam War era and must mentor the school’s first black student—while facing down the menace of a racist secret society. The Prince of Tides: When Tom Wingo learns that his twin sister has attempted suicide—again—he leaves the Low Country to visit her in New York and confront the family secret that haunts them both. Deeply influenced by the author's own experiences, with his Southern family and education at the Citadel in Charleston, these stunning novels represent the very best of Pat Conroy's impressive literary career."

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