My Reading Life

ISBN-10: 0385533578
ISBN-13: 9780385533577
Edition: 2010
Authors: Pat Conroy
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Description: Bestselling author Pat Conroy acknowledges the books that have shaped him and celebrates the profound effect reading has had on his life. Pat Conroy, the beloved American storyteller, is also a vorashy;cious reader. He has for years kept a notebook  More...

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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/2/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.836

Bestselling author Pat Conroy acknowledges the books that have shaped him and celebrates the profound effect reading has had on his life. Pat Conroy, the beloved American storyteller, is also a vorashy;cious reader. He has for years kept a notebook in which he notes words or phrases, just from a love of language. But readshy;ing for him is not simply a pleasure to be enjoyed in off-hours or a source of inspiration for his own writing. It would hardly be an exaggeration to claim that reading has saved his life, and if not his life then surely his sanity. InMy Life in Books, Conroy revisits a life of passionate reading. He includes wonderful anecdotes from his school days, movshy;ing accounts of how reading pulled him through dark times, and even lists of books that particularly influenced him at varishy;ous stages of his life, including grammar school, high school, and college. Readers will be enchanted with his ruminations on reading and books, and want to own and share this perfect gift book for the holidays. And, come graduation time,My Life in Bookswill establish itself as a perennial favorite, as did Dr. Seussrs"sOh, the Places Yours"ll Go! From the Hardcover edition.

Donald Patrick Conroy's pen name is Pat Conroy. He was born on October 26, 1945, in Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated from The Citadel in 1967 with B.A. in English. He later used his experiences at the strict school in his book, The Lords of Discipline (1980), which was nominated for the Robert Kennedy Book Award in 1981. After teaching high school at his alma mater, he accepted a job teaching disadvantaged black children in a two-room schoolhouse on Daufuskie Island off the South Carolina coast. Many of the children were illiterate, unable even to write their own names. He taught them using oral history and geography lessons. His experience on Daufuskie Island formed the basis for his first successful novel The Water Is Wide (1972), which won Conroy the Anisfield-Wolf Award from the Cleveland Foundation and was made into the movie Conrack starring Jon Voight in 1976. His other novels include The Great Santini, The Prince of Tides, Beach Music, and South of Broad. Conroy chronicled his relationship with his father in the memoir, The Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and his Son (2013).

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