The Water Is Wide: A Memoir

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Open Road Media, Aug 31, 2010 - Fiction - 310 pages
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Pat Conroy’s bestselling memoir recalls his dramatic experience teaching impoverished black students in South Carolina
Though the children of Yamacraw Island live less than two miles from the southern mainland, they can’t name the US president or the ocean that surrounds them. Most can’t read or write. Many of the students are the descendants of slaves, handicapped by poverty and isolation.
When Pat Conroy arrives, an eager young teacher at the height of the civil rights movement, he finds a community still bound by the bitter effects of racism, but he is determined to broaden its members’ horizons and give them a voice.
In this poignant memoir, which Newsweek called “Miraculous . . . An experience of joy,” the New York Times bestselling author of The Prince of Tides plumbs his experiences as a young teacher on an isolated South Carolina island to reveal the shocking inequalities of the American education system.

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User Review  - laurensx - LibraryThing

Pat Conroy vividly recalls his teaching experience on the Gullah island of Yamacraw, South Carolina. In the midst of the Civil Rights era, Conroy, a former racist, find himself drawn to this exotic ... Read full review

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Once again, this is a reread. I don't think I've read it since I became a teacher, however. That made this book even more poignant than it was in previous readings. Pat Conroy takes a teaching job on ... Read full review


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A Biography of Pat Conroy

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Pat Conroy was the New York Times–bestselling author of two memoirs and seven novels, including The Prince of TidesThe Great Santini, and The Lords of Discipline. Born the eldest of seven children in a rigidly disciplined military household, he attended the Citadel, the military college of South Carolina. He briefly became a schoolteacher (which he chronicled in his memoir The Water Is Wide) before publishing his first novel, The Boo. Conroy passed away in 2016 at the age of seventy.

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