Saying Farewell to Pat Conroy

New York Times best-selling novelist, Pat Conroy, died on Friday March 4, 2016.

Conroy was born in Atlanta, Donald Patrick Conroy to Marine Colonel  Donald  Conroy and Frances “Peggy” Peek.  His father was abusive and his mother was oblivious to the family’s poverty and abusive lifestyle.  She raised Pat on great literature and poetry.  His life with his abusive father became the grist for many of Conroy’s novels.

The works available at the South Sioux City Public Library are:

South of Broad.   Leopold Bloom King is the son of an amiable, loving father who teaches science at the local high school. His mother, an ex-nun, is the high school principal and a well-known Joyce scholar. After Leo’s older brother commits suicide at the age of thirteen, the family struggles with the shattering effects of his death. Eventually he becomes part of a tightly knit group of high school seniors that includes friends Sheba and Trevor Poe, glamorous twins with an alcoholic mother and a prison-escapee father; hardscrabble mountain runaways Niles and Starla Whitehead; socialite Molly Huger and her boyfriend, Chadworth Rutledge X; and an ever-widening circle whose liaisons will ripple across two decades-from 1960s counterculture through the dawn of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s.

Prince of Tides.  Conroy’s breakout bestseller that brought him to the attention of the reading public.

Beach Music.   Jack McCall is an American living in Rome with his young daughter, trying to find peace after his wife’s suicide. He tells of the dark memories that haunt his family and friends, spanning Rome and South Carolina, reaching back to the terrors of the Holocaust.

Lords of Discipline.   In 1966, Will, a senior at the Carolina Military Institute, finds his views conflicting with those of his conservative, gung-ho classmates.

My Losing Season is the biographical account of his senior basketball season where he learned to find some meaning in loss

If you have read all of Pat Conroy’s books.  These are a few books that are of a similar  style.

Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury.   In a small town in 1928, a twelve-year-old boy savors the magic of childhood and the wonders of summer.

My Antonia by Willa Cather.  A successful lawyer remembers his boyhood in Nebraska and his friendship with an immigrant Bohemian girl named Antonia.

The Last Original Wife by Dorthea Benton Frank.  Experience the sultry Southern atmosphere of Atlanta and the magic of the Carolina Lowcountry in this funny and poignant tale of one audacious womans quest to find the love she deserves, from New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank.Leslie Anne Greene Carter is The Last Original Wife among her husband Wesleys wildly successful Atlanta social set. His cronies have all traded in the mothers of their children they promised to love and cherish-til death did them part-for tanned and toned young Barbie brides.If losing the social life and close friends she adored wasnt painful enough, a series of setbacks shake Less world and push her to the edge. Shes had enough of playing the good wife to a husband who thinks hes doing her a favor by keeping her around. Shes not going to waste another minute on people she doesnt care to know. Now, shes going to take some time for herself-in the familiar comforts and stunning beauty of Charleston, her beloved hometown. In her brothers stately historic home, shes going to reclaim the carefree girl who spent lazy summers sharing steamy kisses with her first love on Sullivans Island. Along Charlestons live oak- and palmetto-lined cobblestone streets, under the Lowcountrys dazzling blue sky, Les will indulge herself with icy cocktails, warm laughter, divine temptation and bittersweet memories. Daring to listen to her inner voice, she will realize what she wants . . . and find the life of which shes always dreamed.Told in the alternating voices of Les and Wes, The Last Original Wife is classic Dorothea Benton Frank: an intoxicating tale of family, friendship, self-discovery, and love, that is as salty as a Lowcountry breeze and as invigorating as a dip in Carolina waters on a sizzling summer day.

Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabledon.  Scottish soldier Jamie Fraser and his wife, Claire Randall–a twentieth century doctor who has traveled two centuries back in time–find themselves in South Carolina on the eve of the American Revolution, where they must fight to save a young girl.

Begiled by Deanne Gist.  Rylee Monroe walks dogs in old-money Charleston, a part of the city recently targeted by a daring thief. Logan Woods works the crime beat for the local paper but dreams of a life as a nonfiction writer. When the string of robberies takes a strange twist, Logan sees the making of a once-in-a-lifetime book that seems to circle around this charming, eye-catching dogwalker.

Arcadia by Lauren Groff. The lyrical and haunting story of a great American dream–the progress of a utopian community and its lasting impact on a gifted young man.

Charleston by John Jakes is a historical novel set in the city of Charleston.

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.  “The story follows Hetty ‘Handful’ Grimke, a Charleston slave, and Sarah, the daughter of the wealthy Grimke family. The novel begins on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership over Handful, who is to be her handmaid. “The Invention of Wings” follows the next thirty-five years of their lives. Inspired in part by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke (a feminist, suffragist and, importantly, an abolitionist), Kidd allows herself to go beyond the record to flesh out the inner lives of all the characters, both real and imagined”– Provided by publisher.

Classified by Fern Michaels.  #1 New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels returns to the beloved Godmothers, as the irrepressible Toots and her dear friends Sophie, Ida, and Mavis face new triumphs and challenges the way they face everything-together….Teresa “Toots” Amelia Loudenberry is a wealthy woman by anyones standards. But the riches that mean most to her are the loving friends and family shes accumulated over the course of a life well lived. And now that her daughter, Abby, has married her beau Chris and settled down near Toots in Charleston, life is even more satisfying than the delicious pralines sold at Tootss bakery, The Sweetest Thing.Abby isnt the only one enjoying a little romance. Tootss friendship with Dr. Phil Becker has grown unexpectedly close…and that brings both joy and complications. Its one thing for a lady to be a little vague about her age, but Toots hasnt been entirely honest with Phil about the number of marriages in her past. Frankly, after burying eight husbands, Toots suspects she should end her relationship rather than jinx Phil, too.As a distraction from her personal dilemma, Toots throws herself into helping Abby and Chris open an animal rescue on their plantation. And then another diversion hits-this one deadly serious. Two young children have disappeared after visiting The Sweetest Thing, and police are combing Charleston with no trace. Toots immediately enlists Ida, Sophie, and Mavis to help in the search. But as Sophies psychic abilities draw them closer to the culprits, they realize the stakes are much higher than they ever could have imagined. Courage, love, trust, and daring have brought the Godmothers to where they are today, and they have never needed those qualities-or each other

The Backup Plan by Sherryl Woods.  A foreign correspondent at the crossroads of her life meets a laid-back bad boy.




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