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Lynn BroomeLas Vegas, NV

Pat, The Boo spoke of you as he would a son, We drank bourbon and branch and told stories and laughed. You wrew such a source of pride for him! I feel as though I know you, especially since we know a couple of the same people. While I left Charleston many years ago, you bring it back to me every time I read one of your books; and I've read them all at least twice. My copy of "The Boo" is almost in tatters it's been read so many times, but it still makes me laugh when I really need a good laugh. Through trials and tribulation, you always rise to the heights. You are the epitome of the Southern woman's credo of "What does not kill us makes us stronger". Please come west. I know you know where LA is, and Vegas isn't that far from there! Kind regards, Lynn


Thu, Nov 11, 2010 20:05 pm 1067 Email Remove
Caren Witt

The interview on your publisher's facebook is wonderful, I wanted to share my comments. Pat Conroy has influenced my life, and literally started my "travel" path through books. My husband and I travelled to Beaufort, SC the first time after reading the books Beach Music and Prince of Tides. We fell in love with the South on that trip, and have since returned twice: once to meet Pat at a book signing for South of Broad, in Beaufort. When I traveled to France and Paris, I had different "eyes" because of the things I had read in his books. His novels have led me to many other wonderful authors, many of which write beautiful, southern life stories! Pat Conroy, you have inspired this reader the way you share how other authors and your mother inspired you! Keep the books coming!


Wed, Nov 10, 2010 10:55 am 1066 Email Remove
Elaine McKinneyOak Ridge, TN

I am a southern girl born and bred and must say that Pat Conroy is my favorite author. I discovered The Prince of Tides while I lived in New Orleans and devoured the earlier works after that. I wait (although not patiently) for new books of Pat's and am terribly excited about My Reading Life. If you are interested in the south and the nuances of the southern family he is your author. My favorite line of any of his books is "My wound is geography. It is also my anchorage, my port of call." Thank you, Pat, for books that have changed my life.


Sun, Nov 7, 2010 05:14 am 1065 Email Remove
Fran FloydPort Richey  FL

Pat, I love your writing. I always feel like you're in the room with me, telling me the stories of your life. You made me fall in love with the South, the low country, Charleston, and you. PRINCE OF TIDES was my introduction to Pat Conroy . To quote my "friend" Bill Clinton... I felt your pain, and learned so much about the mindset of Southerners, and even more so in BEACH MUSIC. I was thrilled to find that you have just come out with a new book. I'll be making a trip to the bookstore tomorrow.


Sat, Nov 6, 2010 23:17 pm 1064 Email Remove
Susan CushmanMemphis, Tennessee

You're my favorite writer (Prince of Tides is my favorite book) and I've loved them all. So when I started reading "My Reading Life," I wasn't surprised to see that your brilliant command of language and literary prose held up, even in a book about reading. I'm on a one-month writing retreat at Seagrove Beach, Florida, and love what you wrote about the affect of your surroundings on your writing: "It had become a habit of mine to write books in beautiful places, in rooms with exquisite views. Landscape and architecture affect the texture and quality of my prose; at least, that is the essential nature of my one grand superstition regarding the craft." I agree! That's why I'm writing at the beach.


Sat, Nov 6, 2010 22:13 pm 1063 Email Remove
June WilsonChatt, TN

I am nearing the end of your wonderful book South Of Broad. I am trying to read slowly and savor every word. I will miss the Toad and company. They took me along with them as their lives unfolded. A much needed respite for which I will be forever grateful.


Sat, Nov 6, 2010 21:10 pm 1062 Email Remove
Deborah Huffman Lamb Savannah, GA

Norm (another guest) and I must have been in line at the same time. I waited eagerly about 4 hours on Park Rd. in Charlotte to meet with you. People were dancing to beach music. What a blast! Ever since I first met you at Bluffton High so many years ago, you have inspired me (both as a teacher and a writer). I will always treasure your gifts to the literary world. Take care, neighbor! Debbie


Sat, Nov 6, 2010 17:13 pm 1061 Email Remove
Patricia PavlakUS

Listening to your explanation of the dedication of your new book brought up sharp emotion for me. I have a beloved lost daughter too, nearly the same age as yours. It's by far the toughest challenge I've had in this lifetime. I hope someday we'll be close again, but I realize I have no control over her decision. I miss her everyday. I know I was a good parent, and a good mom and life is not fair. I will leave the door open to my girl for the rest of my life. In the meantime, I try to be some good to other young people, especially young women. I hope your book dedication opens a door to your lost daughter someday.


Sat, Nov 6, 2010 11:36 am 1060 Email Remove
Patricia Brewster-WillekeOtis, Colorado

Just heard you on NPR in Colorado and will now begin reading your books! Have heard about them of course but never read any. Would it be mistake to start with your most recent?! Remembering clearly the wonderful reading sessions with my parents, treasuring bed time and nap time reading with my children and seeing my son carry on the bedtime book with his three children maked me want to start with "My Reading Life". It was a great interview on NPR.


Sat, Nov 6, 2010 09:28 am 1059 Email Remove
Cindy LitzingerEast Pittsburgh PA

Pat Conroy's books are the most enjoyable reading experience. I hate to see them come to an end, if they could go on forever I would be happy to read his work forever. Magical, heartwarming, and pure genius.
Thank you to the greatest author in America, or quite possibly the world.


Fri, Nov 5, 2010 22:29 pm 1058 Email Remove
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