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My Reading Life

By Pat Conroy

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.

BONUS: This ebook edition includes an excerpt from Pat Conroy's The Death of Santini.

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9780385533577


Format: Book
Author: Conroy, Pat
Summary: Bestselling author Pat Conroy acknowledges the books that have shaped him and celebrates the profound effect reading has had on his life.
Title: My reading life / Pat Conroy ; drawings by Wendell Minor.
Publisher Date: New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, c2010.
Subject: Conroy, Pat -- Books and reading.
Isbn: 9780385533577 (alk. paper) 0385533578 (alk. paper)
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 47
System Items Total: 52
Call Number: B Conroy
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Bib Id: 346772

Format: Book
Author: Conroy, Pat
Summary: Bestselling author Pat Conroy acknowledges the books that have shaped him and celebrates the profound effect reading has had on his life.
Title: My reading life / Pat Conroy ; drawings by Wendell Minor.
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, c2010.
Description: x, 337 p. : ill ; 19 cm.
Subjects: Conroy, Pat -- Books and reading.
Contents: The lily -- Gone with the wind -- The teacher -- Charles Dickens on 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.
LCCN: 2010024309
ISBN: 9780385533577 (alk. paper)
ISBN: 0385533578 (alk. paper)
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Available Copies: 47
Total Copies: 52
Call Number: B Conroy