My Reading Life

My Reading Life

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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. 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.""show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 331 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 408.23g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Large type / large print
  • Large type / large print edition
  • black & white halftones
  • 0739377841
  • 9780739377840
  • 1,352,653

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"Timely as well as timeless. . . . Elegant, evocative, and elegaic." --"Boston Globe" "The 15 essays in "My Reading Life" should delight curious readers.... [Conroy] is fun to read and debate." --"USA Today " "Pat Conroy doesn't just love books, he devours them. He doesn't just visit libraries and bookstores, he inhabits them. He doesn't enjoy language, he revels in it. . . . ["My Reading Life"] is a rich, unabashedly self-critical and moving tribute to a writer's passion. . . . Like Stephen King did in his remarkable "On Writing," Conroy reminds us of his considerable talents for telling a story and arranging words." --"Associated Press" "In this marvelous blueprint for how to engage with all things literary, the goal is not only to get wet, but to fall deeply and madly in over our heads. With its heady mix of memoir, advice and out-and-out lust for the written word, "My Reading Life" asks how we could possibly settle for anything less." --"Atlanta Jourshow more

About Pat Conroy

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. "From the Hardcover edition."show more

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