My Reading Life

My Reading Life

Audiobook CD - 2010
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Bestselling author Pat Conroy acknowledges the books that have shaped him and celebrates the profound effect reading has had on his life.

Pat Conroy, the beloved American storyteller, is a voracious reader. Starting as a childhood passion that bloomed into a life-long companion, reading has been Conroy’s portal to the world, both to the farthest corners of the globe and to the deepest chambers of the human soul. His interests range widely, from Milton to Tolkien, Philip Roth to Thucydides, encompassing poetry, history, philosophy, and any mesmerizing tale of his native South. He has for years kept notebooks in which he records words and expressions, over time creating a vast reservoir of playful turns of phrase, dazzling flashes of description, and snippets of delightful sound, all just for his love of language. But for Conroy reading is not simply a pleasure to be enjoyed in off-hours or a source of inspiration for his own writing. It would hardly be an exaggeration to claim that reading has saved his life, and if not his life then surely his sanity.

In My Reading Life, Conroy revisits a life of reading through an array of wonderful and often surprising anecdotes: sharing the pleasures of the local library’s vast cache with his mother when he was a boy, recounting his decades-long relationship with the English teacher who pointed him onto the path of letters, and describing a profoundly influential period he spent in Paris, as well as reflecting on other pivotal people, places, and experiences. His story is a moving and personal one, girded by wisdom and an undeniable honesty. Anyone who not only enjoys the pleasures of reading but also believes in the power of books to shape a life will find here the greatest defense of that credo.

From the Hardcover edition.

Publisher: Westminster, Md. : Books on Tape, p2010
ISBN: 0307749223
Branch Call Number: CD 813.54 CON
Characteristics: 7 sound discs (7 hr., 53 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in


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Jun 19, 2016

I've tried his books other than TPofT, which is by far the best IMP. He does not have the voice for audio. Doubt I finished it.

Sep 19, 2013

What a great book for people who love reading books to read! Conroy shares multiple titles that have been his favorites and tells about the reading influences in his life including first and foremost, his mother, and a very special high school teacher and life-long friend.

May 02, 2011

Pat Conroy's gruff voice takes some getting used to but it soon grew on me and I enjoyed the audiobook. His Gone with the Wind chapter ... so interesting! ... and the chapter on his beloved English teacher was a favorite part. The librarian essay was not at all what I expected! This book, though terribly sad in parts, is a wonderful tribute to the joy and power of reading. The last two chapters would especially inspire writers-to-be.


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