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Pat Conroy - Author

About the Author

Pat Conroy is the author of six previous novels: The Boo, The Water Is Wide, The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline, The Prince of Tides and Beach Music. He lives in Fripp Island, South Carolina.

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Gullah Images Art of Jonathan Green

Gullah Images Art of Jonathan Green

Author: Pat Conroy Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/09/2018

This is a collection of 180 images from artist Jonathan Green. He paints the world of his childhood amongst the Gullah people of the South Carolina barrier islands. He reveals an awareness of the social and natural environments in which we live, elevating the everyday and celebrating the social.

Lowcountry Heart

Lowcountry Heart

Author: Pat Conroy Format: eBook Release Date: 25/10/2016

Final words and heartfelt remembrances from bestselling author Pat Conroy take center stage in this winning nonfiction collection, supplemented by touching pieces from Conroy's many friends. This new volume of Pat Conroy's nonfiction brings together some of the most charming interviews, magazine articles, speeches, and letters from his long literary career, many of them addressed directly to his readers with his habitual greeting, ';Hey, out there.' Ranging across diverse subjects, such as favorite recent reads, the challenge of staying motivated to exercise, and processing the loss of dear friends, Conroy's eminently memorable pieces offer a unique window into the life of a true titan of Southern writing.With a beautiful introduction from his widow, novelist Cassandra King, A Lowcountry Heart also honors Conroy's legacy and the innumerable lives he touched. Finally, the collection turns to remembrances of ';The Great Conroy,' as he is lovingly titled by friends, and concludes with a eulogy. The inarguable power of Conroy's work resonates throughoutA Lowcountry Heart, and his influence promises to endure.This moving tribute is sure to be a cherished keepsake for any true Conroy fan and remain a lasting monument to one of the best-loved masters of contemporary American letters.Praise for A Lowcountry Heart ';A fascinating look into the mind of one of the South's greatest authors . . . something to remember him by and cherish for years to come.'The Clarion-Ledger ';Fans of Conroy . . . will relish the chance to spend more time with him in this glowing valedictory to his life and writing . . . Eloquent, folksy, and sometimes brutally honest.'Publishers Weekly ';A moving and proper tribute to a true Southern icon.'The Florida Times-Union ';Elegant essays [that] will not disappoint.'The Washington Post ';Resplendent . . . As always, his storytelling, word choice and rhythm are gorgeous, almost lyrical.'USA Today

Writing the State Winning Entries from the First Annual South Carolina High School Writing Contest

Writing the State Winning Entries from the First Annual South Carolina High School Writing Contest

Author: Pat Conroy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/04/2015

How should we improve the state of South Carolina? That invitingly open-ended question served as the basis for the first annual South Carolina High School Writing Contest as the call went out in fall 2013 to juniors and seniors across the Palmetto State, encouraging them to take a stance through good, thought-provoking writing. The nearly five hundred responses that resulted were as impressive in quality as they were in quantity. Young writers sounded off on issues of race relations, environmental conservation, economic imbalance, opportunities of infrastructure, substance and physical abuse, and the maladies of education. Most wrote on issues of education rooted in their own burgeoning awareness of its gifts and limitations in their lives. From that pool of contestants, twenty-three finalists rose to the top to have their initial entries and subsequent writing on a favorite book or place judged by best-selling author Pat Conroy. The insightful and often revelatory responses from those finalists - including the first, second, and third place winners by grade - are collected here in Writing South Carolina.In heartfelt essays, poems, short stories, and drama, these diverse writers lay bare their attitudes and impressions of South Carolina as they have experienced it and as they hope to reshape it. The resulting anthology is a compelling portrait of the Palmetto State's potential as advocated by some of its best and brightest young writers. Editor Steven Lynn provides an introduction and contest judge Pat Conroy provides a foreword to the collection.

Death of Santini

Death of Santini

Author: Pat Conroy Format: eBook Release Date: 29/10/2013

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER *; ';A painful, lyrical, addictive read' (People) by the cherished author of The Great Santini that brings his extraordinary career full circle Pat Conroy's great success as a writer has always been intimately linked with the exploration of his family history. As the oldest of seven children who were dragged from military base to military base across the South, Pat bore witness to the often cruel and violent behavior of his father, Marine Corps fighter pilot Donald Patrick Conroy. While the publication of The Great Santini brought Pat much acclaim, the rift it caused brought even more attention, fracturing an already battered family. But as Pat tenderly chronicles here, even the oldest of wounds can heal. In the final years of Don Conroy's life, the Santini unexpectedly refocused his ire to defend his son's honor. The Death of Santini is a heart-wrenching act of reckoning whose ultimate conclusion is that love can soften even the meanest of men, lending significance to the oft-quoted line from Pat's novel The Prince of Tides: ';In families there are no crimes beyond forgiveness.' Praise for The Death of Santini ';A painful, lyrical, addictive read that [Pat Conroy's] fans won't want to miss.'People ';Conroy's conviction pulls you fleetly through the book, as does the potency of his bond with his family, no matter their sins.'The New York Times Book Review ';Vital, large-hearted and often raucously funny.'The Washington Post ';Conroy writes athletically and beautifully, slicing through painful memories like a point guard splitting the defense.'Minneapolis Star Tribune ';A brilliant storyteller, a master of sarcasm, and a hallucinatory stylist whose obsession with the impress of the past on the present binds him to Southern literary tradition.'The Boston GlobeFrom the Hardcover edition.

Boo

Boo

Author: Pat Conroy Format: eBook Release Date: 16/11/2010

Bestselling author Pat Conroy's debut novelnow available as an ebookA powerful story of a man's undoing at the hands of his greatest admirerAt the South Carolina military academy the Citadel, amid the tumult of the 1960s, Cadet Peter Cates is an anomaly. He is a gifted writer, a talented basketball player, and a good student, but his outward successes do little to impress his abusive father. Instead, Cates is mentored by Lt. Colonel Courvoisie, an imposing and inspiring man whom the cadets have nicknamed ';the Boo.' But when Cates writes a searing letter condemning the school's meek response to a stabbing on campus, his bond with the Boo will be threatened as both are forced to confront what it means to be a man of honor.Set against the richly drawn military school backdrop that Conroy would return to in his bestsellerThe Lords of Discipline,The Boois an unforgettable story of duty, loyalty, and standing up for what is right in the face of overwhelming circumstances.

My Reading Life

My Reading Life

Author: Pat Conroy Format: eBook Release Date: 02/11/2010

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 a voracious reader. Starting as a childhood passion that bloomed into a life-long companion, reading has been Conroy's portal to the world, both to the farthest corners of the globe and to the deepest chambers of the human soul. His interests range widely, from Milton to Tolkien, Philip Roth to Thucydides, encompassing poetry, history, philosophy, and any mesmerizing tale of his native South. He has for years kept notebooks in which he records words and expressions, over time creating a vast reservoir of playful turns of phrase, dazzling flashes of description, and snippets of delightful sound, all just for his love of language. But for Conroy reading 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. 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, as well as reflecting on other pivotal people, places, and experiences. His story is a moving and personal one, girded by wisdom and an undeniable honesty. Anyone who not only enjoys the pleasures of reading but also believes in the power of books to shape a life will find here the greatest defense of that credo.From the Hardcover edition.

Lords of Discipline

Lords of Discipline

Author: Pat Conroy Format: eBook Release Date: 17/09/2010

This powerful and breathtaking novel is the story of four cadets who have become bloodbrothers. Together they will encounter the hell of hazing and the rabid, raunchy and dangerously secretive atmosphere of an arrogant and proud military institute. They will experience the violence. The passion. The rage. The friendship. The loyalty. The betrayal. Together, they will brace themselves for the brutal transition to manhood... and one will not survive. With all the dramatic brilliance he brought to The Great Santini, Pat Conroy sweeps you into the turbulent world of these four friends - and draws you deep into the heart of his rebellious hero, Will McLean, an outsider forging his personal code of honor, who falls in love with a whimsical beauty... and who undergoes a transition more remarkable then he ever imagined possible.

Water Is Wide

Water Is Wide

Author: Pat Conroy Format: eBook Release Date: 31/08/2010

The bestselling Pat Conroy memoirnow available as an ebookThe moving story of a young teacher's experience on an island forgotten by the worldThough the children of Yamacraw Island live less than two miles from the coast of South Carolina, they can't name the president or the ocean that surrounds them. Many can't sign their names. Most can't read or writethey're unable to reach their potential to grow and learn because they have been failed by their school district and handicapped by their poverty and isolation. But with the arrival of an eager young teacher, their prospects begin to brighten.Based on Pat Conroy's experiences teaching elementary school for a year on South Carolina's Daufuskie Island, The Water Is Wide is a revealing portrait of the inequalities of the American education system and a powerful story of the group of children that changed one man's life forever.

Great Santini

Great Santini

Author: Pat Conroy Format: eBook Release Date: 24/08/2010

The bestselling Pat Conroy novelnow available as an ebookThe moving portrait of a son's struggle to escape the iron fist of his volatile military fatherMarine Colonel Bull Meecham commands his home like a soldiers' barracks. Cold and controlling but also loving, Bull has complicated relationships with each member of his familyin particular, his eldest son, Ben. Though he desperately seeks his father's approval, Ben is determined to break out from the Colonel's shadow. With guidance from teachers at his new school, he strives to find the courage to stand up to his father once and for all.Inspired by Conroy's own relationship with his father, The Great Santini is a captivating and unflinching portrayal of modern family life and a moving story of a son becoming a man.

Lords of Discipline

Lords of Discipline

Author: Pat Conroy Format: eBook Release Date: 17/08/2010

The bestselling Pat Conroy novelnow available as an ebookAmid the social upheaval of the Vietnam War era, a young cadet at a southern military college must face down a racist secret societyAs Will McLean begins his studies at the Carolina Military Institute, antimilitary sentiment is raging and the American South is in turmoil over desegregation. An outsider to the harsh authoritarianism of the military, McLean survives his freshman year despite the school's notorious hazing, and avoids attention from its fabled and menacing secret society, the Ten. But when he becomes the mentor of the school's first black student, Will is drawn into the intense racial politicsand the simmering threat of violencethat lie just beneath the surface at the Institute.Featuring Conroy's lush prose and richly drawn characters,The Lords of Disciplineis a powerful story of a young man's stand for justice and the friendship, love, and courage that he finds along the way.

Water is Wide

Water is Wide

Author: Pat Conroy Format: eBook Release Date: 10/08/2010

The bestselling Pat Conroy memoirThe moving story of a young teachers experience on an island forgotten by the worldThough the children of Yamacraw Island live less than two miles from the coast of South Carolina, they cant name the president or the ocean that surrounds them. Many cant sign their names. Most cant read or writetheyre unable to reach their potential to grow and learn because they have been failed by their school district and handicapped by their poverty and isolation. But with the arrival of an eager young teacher, their prospects begin to brighten.Based on Pat Conroys experiences teaching elementary school for a year on South Carolinas Daufuskie Island, The Water Is Wide is a revealing portrait of the inequalities of the American education system and a powerful story of the group of children that changed one mans life forever.

Prince of Tides

Prince of Tides

Author: Pat Conroy Format: eBook Release Date: 10/08/2010

The bestselling Pat Conroy novelnow available as an ebookThe stirring saga of a man's journey to free his sisterand himselffrom a tragic family historyTom Wingo has lost his job, and is on the verge of losing his marriage, when he learns that his twin sister, Savannah, has attempted suicide again. At the behest of Savannah's psychiatrist, Tom reluctantly leaves his home in South Carolina to travel to New York City and aid in his sister's therapy. As Tom's relationship with her psychiatrist deepens, he reveals to her the turbulent history of the Wingo family, and exposes the truth behind the fateful day that changed their lives forever.Drawing richly from Pat Conroy's own troubled upbringing, The Prince of Tides is a sweeping and powerful story of how unlocking the past can be the secret to overcoming the darkest of personal demons.

Lords of Discipline

Lords of Discipline

Author: Pat Conroy Format: eBook Release Date: 15/04/2010

This powerful and breathtaking novel is the story of four cadets who have become bloodbrothers. Together they will encounter the hell of hazing and the rabid, raunchy and dangerously secretive atmosphere of an arrogant and proud military institute. They will experience the violence. The passion. The rage. The friendship. The loyalty. The betrayal. Together, they will brace themselves for the brutal transition to manhood... and one will not survive. With all the dramatic brilliance he brought to The Great Santini, Pat Conroy sweeps you into the turbulent world of these four friends - and draws you deep into the heart of his rebellious hero, Will McLean, an outsider forging his personal code of honor, who falls in love with a whimsical beauty... and who undergoes a transition more remarkable then he ever imagined possible.

Great Santini

Great Santini

Author: Pat Conroy Format: eBook Release Date: 10/01/2010

Meet Bull Meecham...Step into the powerhouse life of Bull Meecham. He's all Marinefighter pilot, king of the clouds, and absolute ruler of his family. Lillian is his wifebeautiful, southern-bred, with a core of velvet steel. Without her cool head, her kids would be in real trouble. Ben is the oldest, a born athlete whose best never satisfies the big man. Ben's got to stand up, even fight back, against a father who doesn't give innot to his men, not to his wife, and certainly not to his son. Bull Meecham is undoubtedly Pat Conroy's most explosive charactera man you should hate, but a man you will love.

Prince of Tides

Prince of Tides

Author: Pat Conroy Format: eBook Release Date: 26/10/2009

PAT CONROY has created a huge, brash thunderstorm of a novel, stinging with honesty and resounding with drama. Spanning forty years, this is the story of turbulent Tom Wingo, his gifted and troubled twin sister Savannah, and their struggle to triumph over the dark and tragic legacy of the extraordinary family into which they were born. Filled with the vanishing beauty of the South Carolina low country as well as the dusty glitter of New York City, The Prince of Tides is PAT CONROY at his very best.

Beach Music

Beach Music

Author: Pat Conroy Format: eBook Release Date: 11/08/2009

Pat Conroy is without doubt America's favorite storyteller, a writer who portrays the anguished truth of the human heart and the painful secrets offamilies in richly lyrical prose and unforgettable narratives. Now, in Beach Music, he tells of the dark memories that haunt generations, in a storythat spans South Carolina and Rome and reaches back into the unutterable terrors of the Holocaust.Beach Music is about Jack McCall, an American living in Rome with his young daughter, trying to find peace after the recent trauma of his wife'ssuicide. But his solitude is disturbed by the appearance of his sister-in-law, who begs him to return home, and of two school friends asking for his help intracking down another classmate who went underground as a Vietnam protester and never resurfaced. These requests launch Jack on a journey that encompasses the past and the present in both Europe and the American South, and that leads him to shocking--and ultimately liberating--truths.Told with deep feeling and trademark Conroy humor, Beach Music is powerful and compulsively readable. It is another masterpiece in the legendarylist of classics that his body of work has already become.PAT CONROY is the author of five previous books: The Boo, The Water Is Wide, The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline, andThe Prince of Tides, the last four of which were made into feature films.

South of Broad

South of Broad

Author: Pat Conroy Format: eBook Release Date: 11/08/2009

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER *;';A big sweeping novel of friendship and marriage' (The Washington Post) by the celebrated author of The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini Leopold Bloom King has been raised in a family shatteredand shadowedby 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. Praise for South of Broad ';Vintage Pat Conroy . . . a big sweeping novel of friendship and marriage.'The Washington Post ';Conroy remains a magician of the page.'The New York Times Book Review ';Richly imagined . . . These characters are gallant in the grand old-fashioned sense, devoted to one another and to home. That siren song of place has never sounded so sweet.'New Orleans Times-Picayune ';A lavish, no-holds-barred performance.'The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ';A lovely, often thrilling story.'The Dallas Morning News ';A pleasure to read . . . a must for Conroy's fans.'Associated PressFrom the Hardcover edition.

My Losing Season

My Losing Season

Author: Pat Conroy Format: eBook Release Date: 08/01/2008

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER *; A deeply affecting coming-of-age memoir about family, love, loss, basketballand life itselfby the beloved author of The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini During one unforgettable season as a Citadel cadet, Pat Conroy becomes part of a basketball team that is ultimately destined to fail. And yet for a military kid who grew up on the move, the Bulldogs provide a sanctuary from the cold, abrasive father who dominates his lifeand a crucible for becoming his own man. With all the drama and incandescence of his bestselling fiction, Conroy re-creates his pivotal senior year as captain of the Citadel Bulldogs. He chronicles the highs and lows of that fateful 196667 season, his tough disciplinarian coach, the joys of winning, and the hard-won lessons of losing. Most of all, he recounts how a group of boys came together as a team, playing a sport that would become a metaphor for a man whose spirit could never be defeated. Praise for My Losing Season ';A superb accomplishment, maybe the finest book Pat Conroy has written.'The Washington Post Book World ';A wonderfully rich memoir that you don't have to be a sports fan to love.'Houston Chronicle ';A memoir with all the Conroy trademarks . . . Here's ample proof that losers always tell the best stories.'Newsweek ';In My Losing Season, Conroy opens his arms wide to embrace his difficult past and almost everyone in it.'New York Daily News ';Haunting, bittersweet and as compelling as his bestselling fiction.'Boston HeraldFrom the Hardcover edition.

The Prince Of Tides

The Prince Of Tides

Author: Pat Conroy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/07/2006

Pat Conroy's inspired masterpiece relates the dark and violent chronicle of an astounding family: the Wingos of Colleton, South Carolina. No reader will forget them. And no reader can remain untouched by their story. All Wingos share one heritage ... shrimp fishing, poverty and the searing memory of a single terrifying event - the source of Tom Wingo's self-hatred and of his sister Savannah's suicidal despair. To save himself and Savannah, Tom confronts the past with the help of New York psychologist Susan Lowenstein. As Tom and Susan unravel the bitter history of his troubled childhood, in episodes of grotesque humour, poignant lyricism and shattering violence, the door opens vividly onto a world peopled by a cast of colourful, eccentric and unforgettable characters.

My Losing Season

My Losing Season

Author: Pat Conroy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/06/2004

In 1954, in Orlando, Florida, nine-year-old Pat Conroy discovered the game of basketball. Orlando was another new hometown for a military kid who had spent his life transferring from one home to another; he was yet again among strangers, still looking for his first Florida friends, but when the 'new kid' got his hands on the ball near the foul line of that unfamiliar court, the course of his life changed dramatically. From that moment until he was twenty-one, the future author defined himself through the game of basketball. In My Losing Season, Conroy takes the reader through his last year playing basketball, as point guard and captain of The Citadel Bulldogs, flashing back constantly to the drama of his coming of age, presenting all the conflict and love that have been at the core of his novels. He vividly re-creates his senior year at that now-famous military college in Charleston, South Carolina, but also tells the story of his heartbreaking childhood and of the wonderful series of events that conspired to rescue his spirit. With poignancy and humour Conroy reveals the inspirations behind his unforgettable characters, pinpoints the emotions that shaped his own character as a young boy, and ultimately recaptures his passage from athlete to writer.

Beach Music

Beach Music

Author: Pat Conroy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/1996

With the spectacular worldwide success of his unforgettable novel The Prince of Tides, Pat Conroy established himself as a major international writer. He is known for his anguished and painfully honest insights into families and the human heart. He now returns with Beach Music, a story which tells of a family haunted by dark memories that reach back into the unutterable terrors of the Holocaust. Jack McCall, an American living in Rome with his young daughter, is trying to find peace after the recent trauma of his wife's suicide. But his solitude is disturbed by the appearance of his sister-in-law, who begs him to return home, and of two school friends, who want his help in tracking down another classmate who went underground as a Vietman protester and never resurfaced. These requests launch Jack on a journey that encompasses the past and the present in both Europe and the American South: a quest that leads him to shocking and ultimately liberating truths.

Lords Of Discipline

Lords Of Discipline

Author: Pat Conroy Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/11/1987

This powerful novel is the story of four cadets who have become bloodbrothers. Together they will encounter the hell of vicious bullying and the rabid, raunchy and dangerously secretive atmosphere of an arrogant and proud military institute. They will experience the violence. The passion. The rage. The friendship. The loyalty. The betrayal. Together they will brace themselves for the brutal transition to manhood... and one of them will not survive. Based on Conroy's own experiences at The Citadel Military school in Charleston, The Lords of Discipline is a remarkable novel.

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