My Losing Season

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Random House Publishing Group, Aug 26, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 402 pages
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PAT CONROYAMERICA’S MOST BELOVED STORYTELLERIS BACK!

“I was born to be a point guard, but not a very good one. . . .There was a time in my life when I walked through the world known to myself and others as an athlete. It was part of my own definition of who I was and certainly the part I most respected. When I was a young man, I was well-built and agile and ready for the rough and tumble of games, and athletics provided the single outlet for a repressed and preternaturally shy boy to express himself in public....I lost myself in the beauty of sport and made my family proud while passing through the silent eye of the storm that was my childhood.”

So begins Pat Conroy’s journey back to 1967 and his startling realization “that this season had been seminal and easily the most consequential of my life.” The place is the Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, that now famous military college, and in memory Conroy gathers around him his team to relive their few triumphs and humiliating defeats. In a narrative that moves seamlessly between the action of the season and flashbacks into his childhood, we see the author’s love of basketball and how crucial the role of athlete is to all these young men who are struggling to find their own identity and their place in the world.

In fast-paced exhilarating games, readers will laugh in delight and cry in disappointment. But as the story continues, we gradually see the self-professed “mediocre” athlete merge into the point guard whose spirit drives the team. He rallies them to play their best while closing off the shouts of “Don’ t shoot, Conroy” that come from the coach on the sidelines. For Coach Mel Thompson is to Conroy the undermining presence that his father had been throughout his childhood. And in these pages finally, heartbreakingly, we learn the truth about the Great Santini.

In My Losing Season Pat Conroy has written an American classic about young men and the bonds they form, about losing and the lessons it imparts, about finding one’s voice and one’s self in the midst of defeat. And in his trademark language, we see the young Conroy walk from his life as an athlete to the writer the world knows him to be.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Pat Conroy's The Death of Santini.
 

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Review: My Losing Season: A Memoir

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This book is what made me love to read again. I had forgotten what a genuine novel felt like after being forced, over years of schooling, to read the "esteemed classics." I love and value works of ... Read full review

Review: My Losing Season: A Memoir

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So good! If you are from the Carolina's you will identify with so many people and places. My favorite part was the team being run out of Clemson (hey, I have a daughter that graduated from CU), it was ... Read full review

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Contents

Prologue
P A II I I II R I
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Before First Practice
17
First Practice
22
Atibum
32
First Shot
44
Gonzaga High School
59
Beaufort High
70
Christmas Break
204
Jacksonville to Richmond
214
IS Davidson
226
Furman Paladins
232
Annie Kate
244
Starving in Utopia
260
William and Mary
270
279 24 Four Overtimes
291

PlebeYear
95
CampWahoo
124
Return for Senior Year
137
Clemson
146
Green Weenies
157
Old Dominion
168
New Orleans 181
177
Tampa Invitational Tournament
191
Columbia Lions
199
East Carolina
304
Orlando
310
Lefty Calls My Name
323
The Tournament
330
ExBasketball Players
342
New Game
360
Epilogue
393
Acknowledgments
401
Copyright

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About the author (2003)

Pat Conroy is the bestselling author of The Water is Wide, The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline, The Prince of Tides, and Beach Music. He lives in Fripp Island, South Carolina.


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