The Water Is Wide

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Open Road Media, Aug 31, 2010 - Fiction - 310 pages
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The bestselling Pat Conroy memoir—now available as an ebook
The moving story of a young teacher’s experience on an island forgotten by the world

Though the children of Yamacraw Island live less than two miles from the coast of South Carolina, they can’t name the president or the ocean that surrounds them. Many can’t sign their names. Most can’t read or write—they’re unable to reach their potential to grow and learn because they have been failed by their school district and handicapped by their poverty and isolation. But with the arrival of an eager young teacher, their prospects begin to brighten.
Based on Pat Conroy’s experiences teaching elementary school for a year on South Carolina’s Daufuskie Island, The Water Is Wide is a revealing portrait of the inequalities of the American education system and a powerful story of the group of children that changed one man’s life forever.


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Review: The Water Is Wide: A Memoir

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Pat Conroy is one of my favorite authors. While visiting the low country I found this in a bookstore and decided I should read it. It was an interesting look back at education during the late 60's just as integration was beginning. sadly we still face many of the issues addressed in this book. Read full review

Review: The Water Is Wide: A Memoir

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This memoir deals with Conroy as a young teacher to a group of poor, severely academically neglected students on Yakataw Island in North Carolina. It's got a lot of humor and incredulity; sometimes simultaneously. Read full review


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A Biography of Pat Conroy

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Pat Conroy is 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 lives in Beaufort, South Carolina. 

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