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The Water Is Wide

Author : Pat Conroy
ISBN : 9781453203903
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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.

The Water Is Wide

Author : Pat Conroy
ISBN : 9780553381573
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A teacher recounts a year on Yamacraw Island, off the South Carolina coast, when he helped black children gain an awareness of themselves as well as the world around them. Reprint.

The Water Is Wide

Author : Pat Conroy
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A teacher recounts a year on Yamacraw Island, off the South Carolina coast, when he helped black children gain an awareness of themselves as well as the world around them. Reprint.

Pat Conroy S The Water Is Wide Summary

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This is a Summary of Pat Conroy's memoir titled "The Water is Wide." Conroy is a Southerner and as a white American in the Deep South in the 1950s admits to biased behavior against blacks, particularly when he was in high school. However, his politics changed in college and his liberal ideas are reinforced when he visits the Nazi concentration camps. When he was young teacher, he witnessed the extreme grief of his students over the death of Martin Luther King, leader of the African American Civil Rights Movement. Wanting to act on his new-found idealism, Pat applies for the Peace Corps but he never receives a reply. Not one to easily give up on his resolve to change bigotry and hatred, he applies for a teaching position in Yamacraw Island. Pat is fully aware that Yamacraw, an isolated island off the coast of South Carolina, is populated by blacks. For hundreds of years the inhabitants have lived on the produce of their farms and from the bounty of the sea, a way of life that practically isolates them from the rest of the world. At Yamacraw, Pat hopes to make a difference, no matter how small, to eliminate racial prejudice by helping in the education of the island's predominantly black school children. Superintendent Dr. Henry Piedmont is more than happy to approve his application for a teaching position. Available in a variety of formats, this summary is aimed for those who want to capture the gist of the book but don't have the current time to devour all 338 pages. You get the main summary along with all of the benefits and lessons the actual book has to offer. This is a summary that is not intended to be used without reference to the original book.

My Losing Season

Author : Pat Conroy
ISBN : 9781407058450
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In 1954, in Orlando, Florida, nine-year-old Pat Conroy discovered the game of basketball. Orlando was another new hometown for a military kid who had spent his life transferring from one home to another; he was yet again among strangers, still looking for his first Florida friends, but when the 'new kid' got his hands on the ball near the foul line of that unfamiliar court, the course of his life changed dramatically. From that moment until he was twenty-one, the future author defined himself through the game of basketball. In My Losing Season, Conroy takes the reader through his last year playing basketball, as point guard and captain of The Citadel Bulldogs, flashing back constantly to the drama of his coming of age, presenting all the conflict and love that have been at the core of his novels. He vividly re-creates his senior year at that now-famous military college in Charleston, South Carolina, but also tells the story of his heartbreaking childhood and of the wonderful series of events that conspired to rescue his spirit. With poignancy and humour Conroy reveals the inspirations behind his unforgettable characters, pinpoints the emotions that shaped his own character as a young boy, and ultimately recaptures his passage from athlete to writer.

Arms Wide Open

Author : Patricia Harman
ISBN : 9780807001394
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A midwife’s memoir of living free and naturally against all odds In her first, highly praised memoir, Patricia Harman told us the stories patients brought into her exam room, and her own story of struggling to help women as a nurse-midwife in medical practice with her husband, an OB/GYN, in Appalachia. In this new book, Patsy reaches back to tell us how she first learned to deliver babies, and digs even deeper down to tell us of her youthful experiments with living a fully sustainable and natural life. Drawing heavily on her journals, Arms Wide Open goes back to a time of counter-culture idealism that the boomer generation remembers well. Patsy opens with stories of living in the wilds of Minnesota in a log cabin she and her lover build with their own hands, the only running water being the nearby streams. They set up beehives and give chase to a bear competing for the honey. Patsy gives birth and learns to help her friends deliver as naturally as possible. Weary of the cold and isolation, Patsy moves to a commune in West Virginia, where she becomes a self-taught midwife delivering babies in cabins and homes. Her stories sparkle with drama and intensity, but she wants to help more women than healthy hippie homesteaders. After a ten-year sojourn for professional training, Patsy and her husband, Tom, return to Appalachia, as a nurse-midwife and physician, where they set up a women's-health practice. They deliver babies together, this time in hospitals; care for a wide variety of gyn patients; and live in a lakeside contemporary home--but their hearts are still firmly implanted in nature. The obstetrical climate is changing. The Harmans' family is changing. The earth is changing, but Patsy's arms remain wide open to life and all it offers. Her memoir of living free and sustainably against all odds will be especially embraced by anyone who lived through the Vietnam War and commune era, and all those involved in the back-to-nature and natural-childbirth movements.

The Prince Of Tides

Author : Pat Conroy
ISBN : 0395353009
Genre : Fiction
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Interweaves the events of Tom Wingo's summer in New York and his relationship to Susan Lowenstein, his sister Savannah's beautiful psychiatrist and the complex history of the South Carolinian Wingo family, from World War II, through Vietnam

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