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xiv, 300 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 19 cm
  • A note to the reader / Nan A. Talese
  • Introduction / Cassandra King
  • Hey, out there. The first letter: an opening to the light ; Surprises on the road ; The fire sermon: speech by Pat Conroy, delivered at Penn Center ; On the future of books ; My spooky life ; My blogging life ; The Boo's lambs gather in Charleston ; Hitch 22: a great memoir ; the night the band played the "Tennessee Waltz" ; The man who inspired my Losing Season left us too soon... ; A room of her own...and the birth of Moonrise ; On the road again...airports, editors, publicists, and my writing life ; A long-lasting friendship: Charlie Gibson of Good Morning America ; Vietnam still haunting me... ; The teachers of my life ; Barbara Warley was loved by everyone ; How George R.R. Martin made me love dire wolves, giants, dwarves, and dragons... ; A eulogy for a Southern gentleman ; Remembering an irreplaceable friend ; The best night in the life of this aging Citadel point guard... ; The summer I met my first great man ; Andie MacDowell at the Beaufort Film Festival ; Mina & Conroy Fitness Studio ; A few things I wish I had told Ann Patchett... ; Conroy at seventy--happy birthday to me ; On Pat Conroy's Facebook page on the day of his passing
  • The great Conroy. A conversation with Pat Conroy ; A letter to my grandson on sportsmanship and basketball ; Pat Conroy talks about the /south, his mother, and The Prince of Tides ; Pat Conroy speaks to Meredith Maran ; On my Paris days ; A letter to the editor of the Charleston Gazette ; A lowcountry heart ; Pat Conroy's Citadel speech ; Farewell letter / Bernie Schein ; The great Conroy: an homage to a southern literary giant and a prince of a guy, / Rick Bragg ; Eulogy / delivered by Judge Alex Sanders ; Acknowledgments / Cassandra King.
Contains "a new nonfiction collection of letters, interviews, and magazine articles spanning Conroy's long literary career, supplemented by touching pieces from the beloved author's many friends. A Lowcountry Heart collects some of Conroy's most charming pieces of short nonfiction, 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 getting motivated to exercise, and processing the loss of dearly missed friends, Conroy's lighthearted and eminently memorable pieces offer a unique window into the life of a true titan of Southern writing. In addition, A Lowcountry Heart also includes some of Conroy's most beloved speeches and interviews, a touching letter to his grandson, and a beautiful introduction from his widow, the novelist Cassandra King. Finally, the collection turns to remembrances of The Great Conroy, as he is lovingly titled by friends, including his eulogy."-- Provided by publisher.
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
xx, 330 pages ; 24 cm
  • Introduction
  • Prologue
  • Beaufort, South Carolina: 1967-1973
  • Atlanta: 1973-1981
  • Rome/Atlanta/Rome: 1981-1988
  • Atlanta/San Francisco: 1988-1992
  • Fripp Island/Beaufort, South Carolina: 1992-2016
  • Epilogue: Beaufort, South Carolina
  • Postscript.
Pat Conroy's memoirs and autobiographical novels contain a great deal about his life, but there is much he hasn't revealed to readers-until now. My Exaggerated Life is the product of a special collaboration between this great American author and oral biographer Katherine Clark, who recorded two hundred hours of conversations with Conroy before he passed away in 2016. In the spring and summer of 2014, the two spoke for an hour or more on the phone every day. No subject was off limits, including aspects of his tumultuous life he had never before revealed. This oral biography presents Conroy the man, as if speaking in person, in the colloquial voice familiar to family and friends. This voice is quite different from the authorial style found in his books, which are famous for their lyricism and poetic descriptions. Here Conroy is blunt, plainspoken, and uncommonly candid. While his novels are known for their tragic elements, this volume is suffused with Conroy's sense of humor, which he credits with saving his life on several occasions. The story Conroy offers here is about surviving and overcoming the childhood abuse and trauma that marked his life. He is frank about his emotional damage-the depression, the alcoholism, the divorces, and, above all, the crippling lack of self-esteem and self-confidence. He also sheds light on the forces that saved his life from ruin. The act of writing compelled Conroy to confront the painful truths about his past, while years of therapy with a clinical psychologist helped him achieve a greater sense of self-awareness and understanding. As Conroy recounts his time in Atlanta, Rome, and San Francisco, along with his many years in Beaufort, South Carolina, he portrays a journey full of struggles and suffering that culminated ultimately in redemption and triumph. Although he gained worldwide recognition for his writing, Conroy believed his greatest achievement was in successfully carving out a life filled with family and friends, as well as love and happiness. In the end he arrived at himself and found it was a good place to be.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781611179071 20180416
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
x, 338 pages, [16] p. of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Green Library

4. My reading life [2010]

x, 337 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.
  • 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
  • The city.
Bestselling author Pat Conroy acknowledges the books that have shaped him and celebrates the profound effect reading has had on his life.
Green Library
514 p. ; 25 cm.
Green Library
xiii, 283 p. ; 22 cm.
  • I encounter Escoffier
  • Nathalie Dupree
  • The pleasures of reading cookbooks no one has ever heard of
  • New Bern
  • A hometown in the Low Country
  • My first novelist
  • The Bill Dufford summer
  • A recipe is a story
  • Honeymoon: the romance of Umbria
  • Travel: Tuscany & Rome
  • Letter from Rome
  • Italian waiter
  • Eugene Walter of Mobile
  • Southerner in Paris
  • Bridesmaids' luncheon
  • Why dying down South is more fun
  • Oyster roasts
  • Men grilling
  • Vidalia onions
  • The greatest of all South Carolinians
  • Frank Stitt
  • Eating in New Orleans
  • Julian Bach.
Provides a collection of culinary reminiscences from author Pat Conroy--about his travels and the fascinating people and great meals he encountered along the way--accompanied by a selection of one hundred favorite recipes.
SAL3 (off-campus storage)

7. My losing season [2002]

402 p. ; 24 cm.
Green Library

8. Beach music [1995]

628 p. ; 25 cm.
With the spectacular success of the unforgettable "Prince Of Tides, " Pat Conroy established himself as America's favorite storyteller, a writer whose anguished and painfully honest insights into families and the human heart emerge in richly lyrical prose and compulsively readable narratives. Now, in "Beach Music, " he tells of the dark memories that haunt families in a story that 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'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 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 the unmistakable brand of Conroy humor, this powerful novel adds another masterpiece to the legendary list of classics that his body of works has become.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780385475907 20160527
Law Library (Crown)
567 p. ; 25 cm.
Green Library
499 p. ; 24 cm.
Green Library

11. The Great Santini [1976]

536 p. ; 22 cm.
Green Library

12. The water is wide [1972]

306 p. illus. 23 cm.
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
374 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
1 online resource (318 pages).
'You set yourself up as judge, jury, and executioner, ' Pamela had said, but that was wrong: you set yourself up as angel, and await the word of God." Luther Redding lost his job, and almost lost his wife, Pamela, and teenaged daughters Katie and Lucy, when the real estate bubble burst in Florida. Now he pilots a Reaper drone over the mountains of Afghanistan from a command center in the bowels of Tampa's MacDill Air Force Base, studying a target's pattern of life and awaiting the command to end that life. Meanwhile Bobby Rosen has returned home from his tours in Iraq to a broken marriage and an estranged son, his promising military career cut short in a moment of terrible violence in a Sadr City marketplace. As the tales of Luther and Bobby unfold, Mark Powell masterfully engages with the vexing, bifurcated lives of combatants in the global war on terror, those who are simultaneously here and there and thus never fully freed from the life-and-death chaos of the battlefield.As Bobby sets off on a drug-fueled road trip with his brother Donny, newly released from prison and consumed by his own inescapable impulses, a sudden death in the Redding household sends Luther's daughter Katie spiraling into grief and self-destruction. Soon the lives of the Reddings and the Rosens intersect as the collateral damage from the war on terror sends these families into a rapid descent of violence and moral ambiguity that seems hauntingly familiar to Bobby while placing Katie in a position much like her father's - more removed witness than active participant in the bloody war unfolding in front of her. Overarching questions of faith and redemption clash with the rough-hewn realities of terror and loss, all to explosive ends in Powell's dark vision of modern Americana.Novelist Ron Rash has deemed Powell "the best Appalachian novelist of his generation." In this, his fourth novel, Powell broadens the southern backdrop of his earlier work into a sprawling thriller taking readers from the Middle East to Charleston, southern Georgia, Tampa, Miami, New Orleans, and into the storied American West. In its themes, perspectives, and pacing, The Sheltering recalls the work of Robert Stone, Jim Harrison, and Ben Fountain while further establishing Powell as a unique voice capable of interrogating unfathomable truths with a beauty and cohesion of language that challenges our assumptions of the human spirit.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781611174342 20180604
1 online resource (137 pages).
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.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781611175196 20180924
1 dual-layered videodisc (132 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
A disillusioned Southern coach reveals his tortured childhood in order to help his troubled, suicidal sister, and discovers the healing powers of love and forgiveness.
Media & Microtext Center
1 videocassette (111 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
The story of an idealistic, innovative teacher on a remote South Carolina island. His unorthodox teaching methods bring him into conflict with the reactionary school superintendent.
Media & Microtext Center

18. The Great Santini [1979]

1 DVD video (116 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. Sound: digital; optical; Dolby Digital. Digital: video file; DVD video.
Bill Meechum is one of nature's hard cases, an ace marine fighter pilot so adept at his lethal trade that they call him The Great Santini. But now it's peacetime, 1962. More at home playing 'top gun' in the cockpit than playing father in his own living room, he's become that most useless of all figures: a warrior without a war. Based on Pat Conroy's best-selling autobiographical novel, Meechum's battleground is the family home, with his objective to mold his oldest son in his own rigid image.
Media & Microtext Center
1 videodisc (116 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
A tough career marine, dissapointed that he has no war to fight, runs his household like a book camp to the great distress of his emotionally-torn adolescent son.
Media & Microtext Center
1 videodisc (102 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
The year is 1964. Carolina Military Institute has admitted, for the first time, a young Black man into its freshman class. Will is asked to protect him from The Ten--a secret society of cadets dedicated to eliminating from the school those it deems unfit. Steeped in myth and legend, The Ten's power extends to every corner of Will's life, and he is ultimately forced to risk his career, the love of his closest friends and his own life.
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