My Losing Season

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Random House Publishing Group, Aug 26, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 432 pages
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A deeply affecting coming-of-age memoir about family, love, loss, basketball—and life itself—by the beloved author of The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini
 
During one unforgettable season as a Citadel cadet, Pat Conroy becomes part of a basketball team that is ultimately destined to fail. And yet for a military kid who grew up on the move, the Bulldogs provide a sanctuary from the cold, abrasive father who dominates his life—and a crucible for becoming his own man.
 
With all the drama and incandescence of his bestselling fiction, Conroy re-creates his pivotal senior year as captain of the Citadel Bulldogs. He chronicles the highs and lows of that fateful 1966–67 season, his tough disciplinarian coach, the joys of winning, and the hard-won lessons of losing. Most of all, he recounts how a group of boys came together as a team, playing a sport that would become a metaphor for a man whose spirit could never be defeated.
 
Praise for My Losing Season
 
“A superb accomplishment, maybe the finest book Pat Conroy has written.”The Washington Post Book World
 
“A wonderfully rich memoir that you don’t have to be a sports fan to love.”Houston Chronicle
 
“A memoir with all the Conroy trademarks . . . Here’s ample proof that losers always tell the best stories.”Newsweek
 
“In My Losing Season, Conroy opens his arms wide to embrace his difficult past and almost everyone in it.”New York Daily News
 
“Haunting, bittersweet and as compelling as his bestselling fiction.”Boston Herald


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User Review  - VashonJim - LibraryThing

Conroy's true-life story of the hard life he led both at home and at the Citadel. Basketball is the thread that runs through the book, but it is far more than a sports story. Read full review

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User Review  - plm1250 - LibraryThing

an autobio of Conroy's years at the Citadel as a mediocre basketball player who made up for his lack of natural athletic ability with drive and desire. Interesting as it actually provides quite a bit ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
A R T ON PONš GUIARD AKES TO COUIRI
15
Before First Practice
17
First Practice
22
Auburn
32
First Shot
45
Gonzaga High School
59
Beaufort High
70
Christmas Break
204
Jacksonville to Richmond
214
Davidson
226
Furman Paladins
232
Annie Kate
244
Starving in Utopia
260
William and Mary
270
279 24 Four Overtimes
291

Plebe Year
97
Camp Wahoo
124
Return for Senior Year
137
Clemson
146
Green Weenies
150
Old Dominion
168
New Orleans
181
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
361
Epilogue
393
Acknowledgments
401
Copyright

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About the author (2003)

Pat Conroy (1945–2016) was the author of The Boo, The Water Is Wide, The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline, The Prince of Tides, Beach Music, The Pat Conroy Cookbook: Recipes of My Life, My Losing Season, South of Broad, My Reading Life, and The Death of Santini.


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