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JimmyLee Ribble4994 5th St., N, Arl., Va.

Dear Mr. Patrick Conroy,
Pop art is a reflection of reality. Great art changes reality. Reading Beach Music, Prince of Tides, My Losing Season, and watching The Great Santini movie, changed reality. I ended up in Arl., Va., and bought my first ball, bat, and glove, and basketball ever at 50+ yrs.!!? Tom Wingo, in Tides, loves his kids, wants them to do well... so I did. I signed up for a league, (we took 1st place this year, and I was voted All Stars Team again 1st place.) I used Tom Wingo as a mentor to do little league coaching. I played my first 3on3 basketball court last week, and hope to do more than one game this year with senior basketball. I dribble down the sidewalk like the teen in My Losing Season. Reality changed. Gonzaga H.S.? Col. Conroy? Great books!

Tue, Dec 18, 2012 00:42 am 4290 Email Remove
Jo BassChapel Hill, NC

Pat, "My Reading Life" is the first book I downloaded to the Kindle I got for Christmas. I've read all your books and I think this one will become my new favorite. I was laughing out loud reading the chapter on your time in Paris. Many thanks for giving us such a jewel!

Wed, Jan 5, 2011 11:19 am 1177 Email Remove
Jo HarrisonEvergreen NC

Your books have allowed me to smell the murky mud of salt marshes, feel the salty air on my skin and have my emotions rise and fall with your characters. It's better than poetry! I love your writings more than any other. Please another book soon? I live near the coast and love those places you take me to. Prince of Tides is my favorite.

Mon, Dec 8, 2014 10:06 am 39078 Email Remove
Joan BusbyHaddonfield, NJ

What a great way to enjoy the day reading, My Reading Life.
Thank you Pat. It is a luminous and satisfying visit with you
on this day when we want winter to end and spring to arrive.

Sun, Feb 13, 2011 09:59 am 1323 Email Remove
Joan Little-Brocksalt lake city

Dear Mr. Conroy, thank you for giving your voice to My Reading Life. Having read all your books years ago, I fell in love with South of Broad this past fall (three reads in succession is better than love) and selected it for my WATABA (wild ass tennis, appetizer, and book association) and got to participate as ten other bright and funny women did the same. I went on to reread everything you have written and ended this gorging with your cookbook and My Reading Life. Satiated? Never!! Thank you for all your wonderful stories.

Sat, Apr 23, 2011 16:46 pm 1716 Email Remove
Joan Little_BrockSalt Lake City

Okay, okay, I am claiming a world record here. In September I completed fifteen reads of South of Broad. In early October, for the first time, I visited Charleston and guess what I did next, I started my sixteenth read.

I know that I first fell in love with that sweetest of characters, Leo Bloom King, the likes of someone I have never known in all the books I've cherished. And then I met Charleston and now I know Bay Street, and the Battery, Tradd, Water, and Meeting Streets, and Berlin's Men's Store where I nearly jumped out of the carriage that carried us on our tour.

Our dear friend Pat Conroy, you have given us all such wonderful gifts. Enjoy Beaufort. Maybe a book someday about that lovely place!!

Wed, Oct 17, 2012 14:30 pm 3434 Email Remove
Joan PortelSt. Paul, MN

To Rick in St. Paul:
I called MPR a couple hours ago and got a ticket. I was told that MPR had just acquired a few more tickets. I'm in agreement-- a dream come true. Just thought I'd let you know.

Wed, Nov 6, 2013 14:19 pm 7090 Email Remove
JoAnna BarnesCalifornia

I just finished your South Broad. I wish I had the description of words the way you do. All I can say is Thank You so much. The ending was so great. Pat, everything you touch with a pen turns to Party. My friend please do not ever stop writing, this was a long 14 years. Mr. Conroy if there were Oscars for Books you would not have enough space to put them. Bless You. JoAnna

Sun, Aug 16, 2009 17:25 pm 122 Email Remove
Joanna SorensenUnited States

Congratulations on your weight loss and fitness program. I had the pleasure of meeting you at the Park Road Bookstore in Charlotte NC just 2 years ago. I was thrilled to meet my favorite author and await your next book! Thank you for your wonderful work.

Wed, Nov 25, 2015 01:25 am 83485 Email Remove
Jocelyne YoungMillet Alberta Canada

Patrick Conroy, you are my kindred spirit!

Tue, Apr 10, 2012 19:00 pm 2759 Email Remove
Jody NyersConway, SC

Mr. Conroy,

I just finished the audio version of "South of Broad" and I must tell you how much I absolutely loved this book. As I commute between Maryland and SC often, audio books are my friend and yours ranks up there as #1.

I loved all your characters, except Chad of course, loved knowing the settings as I've been to Charleston many times.

Thanks for an excellent read, well, listen.

Jody Nyers
Conway, SC

Fri, Jan 29, 2010 15:44 pm 545 Email Remove
Joe AdrianiParsippany New Jersey and Annap Maryland

Never before has there been a writer who could capture my thoughts and feelings about the tragedies and tumultuous events of my life. How do you articulate my reactions to these events of which your characters must overcome? The thoughts you convey are thoughts that I have such trouble expressing at times. I cry often when reading your novels; they are a sweet release from the chasm that life can create. You and your writing make it worth the experience and remind me that there is a fight worth fighting and things do have a way of working out. Your novels have opened another chapter of my life; there is pronounced freedom in each word of every character. I see bits of myself in each of them. I believe God led me to your books for a sense of belonging and to begin healing. Thank you!

Sun, Oct 30, 2011 14:57 pm 2309 Email Remove
Joe MazzeiBolivia, NC

Dear Mr. Conroy, I've read all of your books starting with the Prince of Tides, and just recently South of Broad, then Beach Music. I wish I could craft words sufficiently to state the scope and depth of how your writing impacts mind, heart and soul. I'll be reading your cookbooks soon. Hopefully, my wife - a retired home ec. teacher - will trust me in the kitchen. Thanks for being such a "doctor" of language. That's one huge step above "master"

Tue, May 4, 2010 08:27 am 631 Email Remove
Joe MorganCharlotte, NC

I loved S.O. B. I've read all your work and was afraid you might have gotten blocked up or just lost it. You came through big time. Please keep 'em coming. BTW--my nephew is starting at El Cid next year...any advice? Signed, Long Time White Dolpin Lover from Cock Town

Fri, Nov 13, 2009 13:51 pm 477 Email Remove
Joe PagliaSavannah, GA

Dr. Mr. Conroy,
I just finished reading South of Broad, and, as a I neared the last word, I was hoping beyond hope there was one more page; I have the same experience with all your books.

Thank you very much for such great characters, amazing stories and the most-moving, afire, touching, thought-provoking and stunning prose in the literary world.


Sun, Jun 5, 2011 20:23 pm 1822 Email Remove
Joe ReynoldsSilver Spring MD

There is an interesting article in the Montgomery County MD Gazette about Joseph Monte who was Pat’s mentor in high school at Gonzaga in Washington DC. He is 80 yrs. old and still working in a school in Montgomery County MD. I think Pat would be interested in the story!!

Wed, Aug 22, 2012 16:18 pm 3119 Email Remove
Joey SharpeFort Mill, SC

Be well, Mr. Conroy. You're a national treasure!

Sun, Aug 23, 2009 11:13 am 178 Email Remove
john belltoronto ontario

Just finished ' My Reading Life". You and I were born in the year of the "Boomers" inception. I wish you had written and I had read this book 40 years earlier. In any event I intend to read every work you reference in the order they appear and see what happens. If the result is life altering you can call the book a cookbook for the soul.

Thu, Nov 24, 2011 14:46 pm 2406 Email Remove
John H. PadghamUSA

Mr. Conroy, you are the finest novelist this country has ever produced, period. I have read every book you've published, most of them several times, and I treasure each and every word. I had to "ration" my reading of South of Broad, because I knew if I didn't I would read it all in one day - and I wanted the experience to last! Please keep writing as long as you want to - you bring much joy to so many people with your work. Cheers ....

Thu, Sep 17, 2009 14:30 pm 358 Email Remove
John HerndonHouston, Texas

Your books; the language and images help to put words to many of my every day experiences. Thank you. Wish someone else other than Streisand had done Prince of Tides. Enjoyed the "movie" in my mind much better than what she did and butchered.

Mon, Jul 30, 2012 22:40 pm 3060 Email Remove
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