My Losing Season

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Random House, Jul 6, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 416 pages
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In 1954, in Orlando, Florida, nine-year-old Pat Conroy discovered the game of basketball. Orlando was another new hometown for a military kid who had spent his life transferring from one home to another; he was yet again among strangers, still looking for his first Florida friends, but when the 'new kid' got his hands on the ball near the foul line of that unfamiliar court, the course of his life changed dramatically. From that moment until he was twenty-one, the future author defined himself through the game of basketball. In My Losing Season, Conroy takes the reader through his last year playing basketball, as point guard and captain of The Citadel Bulldogs, flashing back constantly to the drama of his coming of age, presenting all the conflict and love that have been at the core of his novels. He vividly re-creates his senior year at that now-famous military college in Charleston, South Carolina, but also tells the story of his heartbreaking childhood and of the wonderful series of events that conspired to rescue his spirit. With poignancy and humour Conroy reveals the inspirations behind his unforgettable characters, pinpoints the emotions that shaped his own character as a young boy, and ultimately recaptures his passage from athlete to writer.

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I love Pat Conroy's writing style. - Goodreads
Pat Conroy reads like a frustrated sports writer.. - Goodreads
A great insight into who Conroy is and what shaped him. - Goodreads
Pat Conroy's writing is so readable to me. - Goodreads
Pat Conroy is an excellent writer. - Goodreads
He also talked about being a writer. - Goodreads

Review: My Losing Season: A Memoir

User Review  - Peggy Crawford - Goodreads

What a story!! Beautifully written story of how Pat Conroy's life was shaped; a brutal childhood balanced by a deep love of his chosen sport. Self deprecating, insightful, poignant and alarming all at the same time. Read full review

Review: My Losing Season: A Memoir

User Review  - Kiessa - Goodreads

I love this author, and expected so much more from his autobiography. It was thoroughly uninspiring and I would never recommend it. In fact, there was so much basketball in here, he should have just taken a ball to the court for all I got out of this. What a waste of a good writer's skill. Read full review

About the author (2010)

Pat Conroy is the author of The Boo, The Water is Wide, The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline, The Prince of Tides, Beach Music and My Losing Season.

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