Search Results: "Pat Conroy"


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THE GREAT SANTINI by Pat Conroy
Released: May 5, 1976

"Only ex-marines will recognize Santini's every whipsaw syllable."

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SOUTH OF BROAD by Pat Conroy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2009

"Conroy is a natural at weaving great skeins of narrative, and this one will prove a great pleasure to his many fans."
First novel in 14 years from the gifted spinner of Southern tales (Beach Music, 1995, etc.)—a tail-wagging shaggy dog at turns mock-epic and gothic, beautifully written throughout. Read full book review >

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THE DEATH OF SANTINI by Pat Conroy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"The moving true story of an unforgivable father and his unlikely redemption."
One of the most widely read authors from the American South puts his demons to bed at long last. Read full book review >

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A LOWCOUNTRY HEART by Pat Conroy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Pleasant last words from a highly regarded author who loved his life."
A collection of blog entries by the late, beloved novelist, along with a miscellany of speeches, interviews, and writings by and about him. Read full book review >

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MY LOSING SEASON by Pat Conroy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 2002

"Still, this compensates for its frail artistry with hustle, intelligence, and passion for the game."
The author of overlong novels (Beach Music, 1995, etc.) returns with an overlong memoir of his last season (1966-67) as an overachieving point guard for the Citadel's mediocre basketball team (8-17). Read full book review >

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BEACH MUSIC by Pat Conroy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 1995

"The Prince of Tides goes to EuropeConroy promises untold horrors and ecstasies, but delivers refractory, predictable, and occasionally entertaining southern fluff. (First printing of 750,000; Literary Guild selection; author tour)"
The latest in Conroy's output of overwrought, overwritten family sagas (Prince of Tides, 1986, etc.): a sprawling, oversized beach read with the loftiest of intentions. Read full book review >

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MY READING LIFE by Pat Conroy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 2, 2010

"From time's bookshelf, Conroy selects some arresting volumes and some dusty duds better left alone."
The bestselling author offers scattered remembrances and ruminations about favorite books, writers and inspirations. Read full book review >

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THE PRINCE OF TIDES by Pat Conroy
Released: Oct. 21, 1986

"I speak now of the sun-struck, deeply lived-in days of my past."
A flabby, fervid melodrama of a high-strung Southern family from Conroy (The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline), whose penchant for overwriting once again obscures a genuine talent. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 18, 2017

"It's not Fear and Loathing or even The Boys on the Bus, but Conroy turns in a quirky, well-observed account of how electoral politics works."
To win the presidency, you have to win a primary, and to win a primary, you have to carry New Hampshire, powerful all out of proportion to its size or population. Read full book review >

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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 22, 2002

"Seemingly effortless, entirely transportive."
Essays old and new from writer's writer Conroy (Body and Soul, 1993, etc.), who eschews fireworks in favor of the dead-on observation as he considers topics ranging from fatherhood to the Rolling Stones to leaving New York. Read full book review >

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ANZARD by Christopher Conroy
Released: Oct. 15, 2014

"A children's fantasy with shallow characters, a questionable moral and a convoluted setting."
Debut author Conroy sends a 10-year-old boy on a Pilgrim's Progress-like quest of self-discovery in this lackluster fantasy adventure. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 16, 1993

"Amiably goofy, with truly inventive body disposals and charismatically nutty characters."
Slapstick prequel to The India Exhibition (1992), again featuring the hapless Henry Scruggs, the low-level State Department employee on loan (i.e., exiled) to the Smithsonian, where he can't find a date but keeps uncovering bodies of museum staff members who've been murdered, then disposed of in rococo ways. Read full book review >