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Daniel R. MurphyAlbany, Oregon USA

Dear Mr. Conroy:
Just finished "My Reading Life" and enjoyed it very much. In fact I have resolved to read all of your books now. I also have decided to read War and Peace, which I've shied away from all these years. You have convinced me.

I am not a writer but an avid reader. I share your passion for a good story. My work requires me to read volumes of non-fiction and it is such a treat to get lost in a good novel.

Thank you for all you've written and especially for this little book on reading and writing which I love.

Best wishes,

Dan


Sun, Apr 24, 2011 19:37 pm 1722 Email Remove
Amy GrossmanUpper West Side, NYC

Your are my ultimate favorite author. Your use of language literally makes my heart soar. I have reread all your books except for Beach Music. I tried to download it onto my Kindle. Just curious, why is Beach Music on EReaders? I actually have a pristine copy here at home


Sun, Apr 24, 2011 14:27 pm 1721 Email Remove
R A DawsonSC

Pat, the passion you imbed in your novels exalts the readers' enjoyment of them to heights far above the top bleachers in the Field House (I am nearing the end of My Losing Season ). Thank you for sending us skyward in our reading pleasure!


Sun, Apr 24, 2011 07:07 am 1719 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
Barbara Benda NagleMoorhead, MN

Dear Pat- I am just finishing my 27th year of teaching and it's high time I stopped to thank you for writing The Water is Wide, which I read at the beginning of my teaching career.

This book, single-handedly, gave me the courage to speak up to principals and administrators when I felt they were doing things that were not in the best interest of children. You were the strongest influence I've ever had in the educational field in learning how to be an advocate for the "little people". I have read your books over and over and loved them all, but The Water is Wide is the one that gave me my teaching spirit and spunk that I have needed for the last 27 years!

Your words blessed me, Pat, and made a huge difference in my life.


Fri, Apr 22, 2011 11:13 am 1709 Email Remove
Michele BarberGermany

Pat, Thank you for addressing domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault in your novels. You capture the best and worst in your characters, allowing them to be both monsters and heroes at the same time. I just gave South of Broad back to the library on post after several weeks with the Toad. I miss him already. Please get Hollywood remake the Great Santini, one of the greatest books of all time.


Thu, Apr 21, 2011 13:30 pm 1706 Email Remove
steve e moodyplantation, fl

Pat,
You may remember I sent you a letter after reading "My Losing Season" about my escapades at Mercer during 1963-67. Anyway, Mercer is putting together a historical (histerical) manuscript regaling the 1950-1970 basketball seasons. I am contributing a letter to my old coach who requested a response and, of course, you are mentioned along with 10 others. I am copying all who are named. The only address I have for you is Random House in NY. Should I send there or will you receive if sent to Pat Conroy, Fripp Island, S.C.? I have to mail 4-25-11 so if I do not hear, I will send % Random House. Thanks. smoody@moodyjones.com


Tue, Apr 19, 2011 08:58 am 1701 Email Remove
Dean RayFt Lauderdale FL and Atlanta GA

Just finished South of Broad. One of the best books I have read in quite sometime. I would say I would wish they would make a movie out of it but movies never do justice to a well written book. Thanks so much for a great novel. I must read some of your other works now.


Mon, Apr 11, 2011 18:48 pm 1669 Email Remove
Scott FitzgeraldOhio

While reading My Losing Season I found we have much in common.
Dad was marine, b-ball player, & we moved 16 times. Played b-ball at Florida Southern, 68 , and we had many common opponents. Worked Claire Bee’s Camp All-America, lived in Corbin, Kentucky home of Frank Selvy, & mother was a reader.
Have memories of Panneton & Pomeroy at William & Mary, Keuer & Pruit at J-ville, and Hogan at FSU. Also played at New Orleans, & Stetson.
We played South Carolina & I recall Harlicka, Gregor, & Fox. Remember blocking Gregor out one game, getting forearmed, flying into the stands thinking I was paralyzed, & hearing fans scream “kill him Gary, kill him.” At that moment my goal went from winning to getting out of Columbia alive. Continue below


Sun, Apr 10, 2011 12:38 pm 1657 Email Remove
Scott FitzgeraldColumbus, Ohio

While reading My Losing Season I found we have much in common… Like you, I only had a few exceptional games. I remember having 20 against South Carolina and 19 against Florida State, but there were far more games with 10 or 12, and several with 5 or 6.
By the way, I actually saw your game against Florida State at Curtis Hixon Hall in Tampa. I had worked with Bill Bunting at Camp All-American the summer of 1966 and went to the game to see Bill and watch Florida State since we were playing them later in the year. I don’t remember much about your game, but I do remember Lewis and Miller being a class above us regular guys.
Finally, I was captain and my number was also 22… thanks for a great book.


Sat, Apr 9, 2011 05:35 am 1649 Email Remove
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