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A Lowcountry Heart: Reflections on a Writing Life

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  1,622 ratings  ·  339 reviews
Final words and heartfelt remembrances from bestselling author Pat Conroy take center stage in this winning nonfiction collection, supplemented by touching pieces from Conroy's many friends.
This new volume of Pat Conroy's nonfiction brings together some of the most charming interviews, magazine articles, speeches, and letters from his long literary career, many of them a
Paperback, 301 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by Dial Press (first published October 25th 2016)
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Diane S ☔
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 For over twenty years now I have had a few go to authors, authors whose books I looked forward to, never let me down. Pat Conroy was one of them and I would so have loved to meet him in person, envy those who have. I feel this loss of opportunity and the loss of this fabulous author even more so after having read this wonderful collection of blog entries, speeches and of course his eulogy.

There is so much humor, his admiration for other authors and yes he names them, the state of publishing
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I love about Pat Conroy is how he wore his heart on his sleeve. He seemed to love everybody, and he would tell you so. He loved the South, he loved his family and friends, he loved his readers, and he also loved books.

A Lowcountry Heart is a posthumous collection of writings from Conroy, who died a year ago this month. The book includes speeches he's made, his "letters" that were posted online (Conroy didn't like the term blog), some magazine articles and interviews, and very touching trib
Cathrine ☯️
4★ + 1 ★ (because it's dedicated to me and you)
A final reading gift from The Great Conroy—The Prince of Tides.
Composed of interviews, articles, speeches, letters, and tributes, this one is dedicated to us, his loyal readers. A final posthumous love letter to us devoted fans.
When Pat started writing his blog he did not own an e-device and had never been on Twitter or Facebook. He still wrote longhand on yellow legal pads and owned over 8000 books. He began each offering with “Hey, out there” and
Diane Barnes
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A must read for any Pat Conroy fan. His own words and those of people who knew and loved him.
Karen R
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Editor Nan Talese received pages from Pat Conroy’s next novel, yet the author died prior to the book’s completion. Talese and her staff pay tribute to Conroy by providing his fans with a compilation of his blogs and letters within “A Lowcountry Heart”.

This is a wonderful collection of essays, speeches and experiences reflecting Conroy’s life. I was blown away by the life of this compassionate and humorous man and how he touched so many.

The bits and pieces of Conroy’s experiences, his reflections
I enjoyed this book containing Pat Conroy 's blog entries, letters, photos, his thoughts on many subjects, books, authors and restaurants. He told of his life through his stories and claimed to feel badly about upsetting his sister with his writing.
Mr. Conroy was an avid reader and praised the author's and their books, if he enjoyed them. He named many authors I am familiar with-Ann Patchett, Toni Morrison, Sue Monk, Margaret Atwood and many more who are new to me.
He writes about highlights of
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My heart is sad that I will never be able to read any new books by Mr Conroy. They, and his writings, will always hold a very special place in my heart and mind.
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Southern writer's pastiche of love. ...more
J.K. Grice
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bio-memoir
This book was an excellent tribute to the late Pat Conroy, one of our finest American writers. A LOW COUNTRY HEART is a thoroughly enjoyable book, and a great glimpse into the life of Conroy.
Elizabeth A
Book blurb: This volume of Pat Conroy's nonfiction brings together some of the most charming interviews, magazine articles, speeches, and letters from his long literary career, many of them addressed directly to his readers with his habitual greeting, "Hey, out there." Ranging across diverse subjects, such as favorite recent reads, the challenge of staying motivated to exercise, and processing the loss of dear friends, Conroy's eminently memorable pieces offer a unique window into the life of a ...more
Pat Conroy is one of my favorite authors. There are deep layers to all of his stories. He masterfully describes what things feel like. This is a true skill that makes his characters leap off the page in colorful glory.

This book was eloquently put together after his death. This is a collection of his own words, thoughts and feelings. I hope, one day, his wife will find someone to finish the last novel he was working on.
Aug 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review -- I'm completely drained. I read the first half before going to sleep last night and finished this morning as soon as I woke up. I feel like I've just spent several hours visiting with an old friend, and now his death has hit me all over again. It destroys me that we will never read another one of his stories again, so I'm going to have to go back and re-read his others (I may even go back and finish South of Broad, which wa ...more
Pat Conroy was a writer I had known of over many years by reputation. His books, 'The Lords of Discipline', 'The Great Santini', 'The Prince of Tides', and 'My Losing Season' I knew of through either their movie adaptations or via a National Public Radio (NPR) interview. The one radio interview Conroy gave when he was promoting his novel, 'My Losing Season' was one of the best I had ever heard. Conroy was so engaging, both with the radio host and the callers, that he made me - who has yet to rea ...more
Judy D Collins
A special thank you to Doubleday and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

A Lowcountry Heart: Reflections on a Writing Life, a collection of non-fiction writings by the beloved Southern author, we all loved, Pat Conroy, as well as special remembrances from his friends.

Throughout A LOWCOUNTRY HEART, the indisputable power of Conroy’s work resonates, and his influence promises to endure. A sharing of stories. A moving tribute and a cherished keepsake for Conroy fans. To one of
Bam cooks the books ;-)
I received this book today along with The Whistler from Doubleday through a Chatterbox giveaway, along with hot chocolate, peppermint sticks, marshmallows, mugs and a cozy afghan! What a great holiday surprise! Thank you, Doubleday and Chatterbox!! ...more
Oct 27, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
I was happily engaged in a very good novel when I found this Conroy book on my hold shelf at the library, and needless to say, I pretty much halted any reading of other material so I could devour this offering. For me the saddest day this year was the death of Conroy, and the thought of never having any more of his stories much depressed me. I still feel a loss. I am glad that I got to meet him once and shake his hand (I didn't ask for an autograph or bend his ear, but was just delighted to be n ...more
Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: conroy
Prior to reading the first chapter of this book, I was saddened to learn about the passing of Pat Conroy. Conroy will always be my favorite author, the way he develops stories is a gift from God, all are touching, vulnerable and unparalleled. I read hundreds of books from various of genres, but none of them have had the significant impact that Pat books has on me. Starting with the first book I read, South of Broad, the novels will always have a permanent place in my heart. Now unto the contents ...more
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blog ramblings and mindful thoughts from one of my favorite authors. I have never felt so much mournfulness at the idea of not reading another book by an author as I did when Pat Conroy died. A good friend gave me A Lowcountry Heart for Christmas 2016. I have been doling the "reflections" out to myself as needed, dreading when I would finish. This is a man that could write of his extraordinary heart and actions without pomp and like he was sitting next to you in an old porch rocker. I can't tell ...more
N.N. Light
I've been a fan of Conroy's books for years but in this one, he shares a part of his writerly soul. Every writer needs to read/listen to this one. Can't recommend it high enough!

My Rating: 5+ stars
Claire Fullerton
In my mind, there’s Pat Conroy and then there’s everybody else. What makes him an island unto himself is his intimate, confessional writing. I’ve been wrestling with trying to articulate exactly why his words speak to so many and have arrived at the conclusion that at the foundation of his God given gift to effortlessly arrange words is the bedrock of clear thinking. Too many people buckle under the weight of their own unwieldy emotional level, and as it is only human nature to duck and cover fr ...more
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can you ever say about the lovely Pat Conroy... This is an author that I've turned to over the years in my happiest moments and my darkest days. A Lowcountry Heart is such a wonderful way to remember this amazing and brilliant author who gave so much of himself to his readers. This is a collection of stories, blog posts, backstories and love for a GREAT author - who will make you love, laugh and cry with his words.
I cannot thank NetGalley and Penguin Random House enough for the honor of re
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In case you forgot for one second why you loved Pat Conroy, this book will remind you! Beautiful collection of his writings and musings and stories with an intro from his wife. All of which make your heart ache even more that this amazing person is no longer on earth with us.
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do love Pat Conroy!
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Lowcountry Heart honors Conroy's legacy. The collection turns into a journal of remembrances of Pat Conroy and ends with a eulogy. This is a heart-felt tribute and a lasting monument to one of the best loved writers of contemporary American Southern literature, a genius of the English language. I will miss the words he never wrote. Someone said, "Reading Pat Conroy is like watching Michelangelo paint the Sistine Chapel." I met Pat Conroy soon after moving to Young Harris. He was a giant of a m ...more
Aug 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
This collection of Pat Conroy's blog posts and a few interviews/letters/etc is a reminder of how much the literary world lost when he passed away. Even just his accounts of friends and others authors that he had read and loved (or not) reminds you of what a wonderful writer he was and gives you an idea of what he was like as a man outside of his books. Definitely worth the read for fans of Conroy's novels and biographies. ...more
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essays
Sigh. I have read them all. Pat Conroy's fiction and memoirs and essays and tales of those who make you savor life in a new way. Oh how I wish he'd finished his last novel before he died this year. Thankfully every book is worth another read...or two...or three...RIP Pat ...more
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have loved Pat Conroy since I read Water is Wide back in 1972! I mourned his death in 2016. I thought I had read everything he ever wrote so I was tickled to find this book of his essays compiled after his death. His words thrilled me all over again and I kind of forgot how much I admired his writing. This book brought it all back to me! Now I want to reread his books! Thank you Pat Conroy and I will end this how you signed off your blogs—Great Love!
Karen Roettger
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a farewell message to all of us from this wonderful story teller. His eloquent words in each of his books took his readers to magical & unique places. Pat Conroy was the ultimate prince of tides. I am truly sorry that I never met him at one of his book signings. He will be missed. The cover art by one of my favorite illustrators, Wendell Minor, fits perfectly with the books contents.
Barbara Nutting
“as I lay dying........” - Pat Conroy and others reflect on his life and death. Nothing new, I had read all these blogs and praises numerous times before so I didn’t rank it beyond average. I felt it was just a moneymaker and not a very successful one.
Kathy McC
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It saddens me that this is probably the last of Pat Conroy’s writing. He has been one of my favorite contemporary authors since I read Prince of Tides (which remains one of my top ten favorite books). The book is filled with his musings about writing, about books, and about life. He highlights many books by a variety of authors. Some of these books I have read, and others I have now put at the top of my TBR list. I think I will also have to re-read some of my Conroy favorites in 2017.

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Pat Conroy (1945 - 2016) was the New York Times bestselling author of two memoirs and seven novels, including The Prince of Tides, The 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 Wate ...more

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