Pat Conroy's father, Donald Patrick Conroy, was a towering figure in his son's life. (Read more...)
The Marine Corps fighter pilot was often brutal, cruel, and violent; as Pat says,
I hated my father long before I knew there was an English word for As the oldest of seven children who were dragged from military base to military base across the South, Pat bore witness to the toll his father's behavior took on his siblings and especially on his mother, Peg. She was Pat's lifeline to a better world, that of books and culture.
Eventually, despite repeated confrontations with his father, Pat managed to claw his way toward a life he could have only imagined as a child. Pat's great success as a writer has always been intimately linked with the exploration of his family history. While the publication of The Great Santini brought Pat much acclaim, the rift it caused with his father brought even more attention. Their long-simmering conflict burst into the open, fracturing an already battered family.
As Pat tenderly chronicles here, even the oldest of wounds can heal. In the final years of Don Conroy's life, he and his son reached a rapprochement of sorts. Quite unexpectedly, the Santini who had freely doled out physical abuse to his wife and children refocused his ire on those who had turned on Pat over the years. He defended his son's honor.
Dr. Sheridan Doyle, a fastidiously groomed and TV-friendly forensic psychologist, is the go-to shrink for the Philadelphia District Attorney's office whenever a twisted killer's mind eludes other experts. (Read more...)
Beneath his Armani pinstripes, he's still Danny Doyle, the awkward, terrified, bullied boy from a blue-collar mining family, plagued by panic attacks and haunted by the tragic death of his little sister and mental unraveling of his mother years ago. Returning to a hometown grappling with its own ghosts, Danny finds a dead body at the infamous Lost Creek gallows where a band of rebellious Irish miners was once executed.
Strangely, the body is connected to the wealthy family responsible for the miners' deaths. Teaming up with veteran detective Rafe, a father-like figure from his youth, Danny, in pursuit of a killer, comes dangerously close to startling truths about his family, his past, and himself.
Adah Knepp wants nothing more than to make music. It's all she's ever desired, to sing and play the guitar and write her own songs. (Read more...)
That's a dream that will never come true in the confines of her strict Amish community, but then she meets Jackson Hart, and all of a sudden she finds the chance for a different kind of life: a real stage, a real guitar, and a real opportunity to sing her songs to a real audience.
Pursuing her dreams means turning her back on her family and community and saying goodbye to Matthew, the gentle Amish farmer she can't get out of her mind. Is it worth giving up the only home she's ever known to pursue her dreams?
Get PreppedParty: local writer Rachel Mendell will share some tips on getting started on that novel and how to pace your word count. Refreshments will be served and each participant will receive a
Getting Started Kit.
Book of the Monthwill be. Thu, Nov 6th at 6:30pm.