Batting 1.000

Maggie by Charles Martin; 2006; $15.99; 307 pages; Thomas Nelson, Nashville, TN; 978-1-59554-055-3; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Capitol HIll; 3/28/18-3/30/18

Why did I read this?  Because Pat Conroy passed away and Charles Martin is moving up to be my second favorite author ever.

This is the sequel to The Dead Don’t Dance  which thoroughly gripped and moved me.  After the events of the previous books things change again for Maggie and Dylan and their friends.  Maggie and Dylan have to try and figure out how to reconnect after what happened in D3 and deal with new challenges that come through their friends and the choice of livelihood.  Once again Martin writes a book that is a slice of life this is part thriller, part motivator and damm good.

Grade 10/10

What is with the title of the review?  I have now read three books by Charles Martin and he has managed to make me cry while reading all three books, so in baseball parlance he is 3 for 3 or batting 1.000.  He also grabbed me by referencing Pat Conroy and baseball in the story.    



A Lowcountry Heart by Pat Conroy

A Lowcountry Heart, Reflections on a Writing Life by Pat Conroy; 2016; $25.00; 300 pages; Nan A. Talese, New York, NY; 978-0-385-53086-6;purchased through; 11/23/16-11/27/16

Why did I read this?  Because Pat Conroy is the man, and always will be the man as far as I am concerned.  He is the author who has shared a life with me and has a wonderfully awesomely splendiferous way with words and I would read his to do list if they published it.

Pat Conroy passed away in March of 2016 and the world is not as beautiful as it was.  This book came out on what would have been Pat’s seventy first birthday.  The chapters are blog entries that Pat had shared online with his readers, covering all kinds of topics about his books, his friends, his readers and more.  It also includes a interview with him, an introduction by his wife the novelist Cassandra King and the eulogy that was delivered by his best friend.  When he left he took a piece of my heart.


Pat Conroy, A Critical Companion by Landon C. Burns

Pat Conroy, A Critical Companion by Landon C. Burns; 1996; 195 pages; Greenwood Press; Westport, CT; 0-313-29419-4; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Central; 3/18/16-3/22/16

Why did I read this?  With the passing of Pat Conroy on March 4 I wanted to read something about him.  This book examines his books from The Boo to Prince of Tides.  There is a biographical chapter about Pat’s life and how that has affected his writing.  Each book is looked at for themes and style.  Each book is looked at through a different type of criticism, Freudian, Feminist, Marxist and so on.  I would like to find an expanded copy of this which covers the entire body of work.

Grade A

Conversations with the Conroys, Interviews with Pat Conroy and his Family by Walter Edgar

Conversations with the CONROYS, Interviews with Pat Conroy and His Family by Walter Edgar; 2015; 96 pages; University of South Carolina Press, Columbia, SC; checked out from Portland State University Library through the Interlibrary Loan Program; 3/26/16-3/27/16

Why did I read this?  With the death of Pat Conroy on March 4th, I wanted to read some thing that I hadn’t read of him.

This is several interviews with Pat Conroy and three of his brothers during a couple of events in South Carolina.  Missing are sister Carol and brother Tom, Carol because she is estranged from the rest of the family and Tom, who has passed away.  It is interesting to see the interplay between the siblings and how they speak about Pat and their parents.  It would be interesting if Pat had written a book where he didn’t romanticize his mother, which he admits he did.  The afterword by Nikky Finney has some beautiful words about Pat.

Grade A



A certain kinship

patUnderstanding Pat Conroy by Catherine Seltzer; 2015; $21.95; 137 pages; University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC; 978-1-61117-546-2; purchased from; 5/7/15-5/8/15

Why did I read this?  Because ever since I read Great Santini (many times) I have been a fan of Pat Conroy.  I have read and reread most of his books and after reading this I am going to re-read them again.

What is the story?  This is a critical look at Conroy’s work and the themes that run through them.  There is a short biography of Pat Conroy and then each following chapter is about one of his books.  Each chapter looks at the influences that show in the book, the back drop against which it was written and how certain themes are expressed in each book and every book.  The Death of Santini, which I believe came out just before this was published is briefly mentioned.  The Boo, The Pat Conroy Cookbook and My Reading Life are not closely examined but are mentioned.  It was an interesting look behind the curtain at my favorite author.  Sometimes this kind of book destroys my desire to reread books but this has whetted my desire to read Conroy’s books.

Grade A

Did I enjoy it?  Yes, some of it I had already determined from reading the books multiple times but other things were a-ha moments that made me want to reread the books.

What is with the title of the review?  Pat Conroy grew up the son of a Marine Officer moving many times.  I grew up the son of a Naval Officer moving many times.  There are certain themes in his works that resonate strongly with me.