A Writers Writer- Pat Conroy’s new book- A Lowcountry Heart


December 11, 2011 -Last night I finished a splendid memoir written by the irascible and charming Christopher Hitchens. It is called Hitch-22, and the title reminded me of the time I found myself talking to a fascinating man at the deep end of a swimming pool in New Orleans. He turned out to be Joseph Heller. – Pat Conroy

It doesn’t matter the season, I am never without a book. Usually, I read propped up in bed and have been known to look up and find that it is 2:00 in the morning. When I finish one book, often at bedtime, the next night I begin anew. Some in hand, some from my Kindle. You know Pat Conroy died this year and his readers continue to grieve. Late this fall a new book of his nonfiction was published. It brings together short pieces that appeared on his blog or found in other places. It’s wonderful! What else would you expect? I dare you to try and read just one short entry; Conroy is always hard to put down. Anyone who reads and loves books or even writes as I do will want this book. I’ve always loved Conroy’s work and now I understand the heart of this man all the more. I highly recommend this collection of stories that never fail to please. Conroy himself was a reader extraordinaire and proves the fact that in order to write well you must read well.

Here is a line I must share: “The word blog is the ugliest word in the English language to me…But I use it as a way to sneak back into my own writing without being noticed.  A new novel awaits my arrival, prepares for my careful inspection.”

You might want to read earlier posts I have written about Conroy. Here are some of the links. There are more under the category of  A Writers Writer

Discovering Himself in the Movements of Beaufort-Dolphin

Paying Tribute to Conroy on his 7oth Birthday

A Writers Writer-Pat Conroy-Prince of Tides


About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her: Stephenyhoughtlin.com
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2 Responses to A Writers Writer- Pat Conroy’s new book- A Lowcountry Heart

  1. johnvic8 says:

    I love Pat Conroy..Right now I’m about a fourth into The Water is Wide. Loving it.

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