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My Reading Lifeby Pat Conroy
Synopses & Reviews
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 vora-cious reader. He has for years kept a notebook in which he notes words or phrases, just from a love of language. But read-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.
In My Reading Life, Conroy revisits a life of passionate reading. He includes wonderful anecdotes from his school days, mov-ing accounts of how reading pulled him through dark times, and even lists of books that particularly influenced him at vari-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 Reading Life will establish itself as a perennial favorite, as did Dr. Seuss's Oh, the Places You'll Go
From the Hardcover edition.
The best-selling author of such works as The Great Santini and The Prince of Tides acknowledges the books that shaped his literary life, sharing anecdotes about how reading saw him through his most challenging periods and helped him to retain his grasp on sanity. 300,000 first printing.
About the Author
PAT CONROY is the bestselling author of nine previous books: The Boo, The Water Is Wide, The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline, The Prince of Tides, Beach Music, My Losing Season, The Pat Conroy Cookbook, and South of Broad. Several of his books have been made into successful films. He lives in Fripp Island, South Carolina.
Table of Contents
The lily — Gone with the wind — The teacher — Charles Dickens and Daufuskie Island — The librarian — The Old New York Book Shop — The book rep — My first writers' conference — On being a military brat — A southerner in Paris — A love letter to Thomas Wolfe — The Count — My teacher, James Dickey — Why I write — The city.
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