My Reading Life

My Reading Life

eBook - 2010 | 1st ed.
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Bestselling author Pat Conroy acknowledges the books that have shaped him and celebrates the profound effect reading has had on his life.
Publisher: New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780385533843
0385533845
Characteristics: 1 online resource (x, 337 p.) : ill.
Additional Contributors: Minor, Wendell
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debwalker Nov 07, 2010

Bestselling author Conroy shares his passion for books and reading.


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Oct 30, 2018

What drew me to read this book was simply its title. I love books and I was curious what a successful writer had to say about them. I have not read any of Conroy's works, though saw a few of films based on his books. I was not disappointed by this book. His journey to become an author was very interesting. I enjoyed reading how the various people, events and places in his life such as his parents, teachers, professors, friends, being an military brat and from South Carolina played roles in his decision to become a writer. He also writes about the various books, poems, authors, and poets that he loves. He really captures the emotions books give we readers. After reading this book, I felt I had come to know the man himself, not just what made him a writer. My favorite chapter is "Being a Military Brat" because of its honesty and power. Some of my favorite quotations from that chapter are: "I'm a stranger everywhere and a stranger nowhere." Of his fighter pilot father, Conroy writes "His job was to kill people when his nation asked him to, pure and simple. And the loving of his kids was never written into his job description." I walk away with a great admiration of Conroy's journey and writing.

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becker
May 02, 2016

I was inspired to read this after reading and enjoying The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy. In this book, Conroy talks about his life and a few of the special people in it that taught him about the value of literature. He also discusses a few specific books and authors that also made an impact on him. A book that would appeal to lovers of great books.

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vv9
Jun 23, 2015

Every time I read a Pat Conroy book, I'm reminded of what comfortable reading it is. Then I forget about him, not going out of my way to reach for the next Conroy.I found this as an ebook loaner from the local library while browsing for something digital and available.

I loved it. This is personal, reflective Conroy. This is a Conroy retrospective on his evolution as a writer. He touches on details of his life that are familiar from his other writings, but focuses on those people and authors who largely influenced his literary development.

If you are looking for further reading material, as recommended by a fine, American author, this book will provide thread after thread to explore.

Recommended for:
Conroy fans, of course
fans of Southern American writers
Atlantans
Carolinians
Military Brats
Citadel grads
aspiring writers

rlbecker Feb 10, 2011

I like to read Pat Conroy. I enjoy his outgoing, southern style of writing. This book explains some of his influences. He shares which authors he has enjoyed reading at various stages of his life. He tells us how his mother's love of reading transferred on to him and what influence his bullying father had. He relates the love he has for certain teachers, bookstore owners and others who fed his reading habit and started or kept him writing. You can almost see the places he discusses too...Beaufort, Charleston, Atlanta and Paris, France , among others. Good information and good humor can be found here.

debwalker Nov 07, 2010

Bestselling author Conroy shares his passion for books and reading.

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wallacdw
Mar 22, 2014

My favorite quote (so far) from the book is when Conroy states that Margaret Mitchell's "Gone With the Wind" is"The Iliad" by Homer with a southern accent.

Loved it!

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