MY EXAGGERATED LIFE: PAT CONROY AS TOLD TO KATHERINE CLARK is the powerful, no-holds-barred gut-wrenching life of one of the finest and most beloved writers of his generation. Most of his readers and fans know basically of his abusive father and pretentious mother, his brother's suicide and his sister's mental illness, but Pat Conroy's own words, so brutally honest, bring his innermost secrets for all to see.
This gregarious giant, literally and figuratively, was generous to a fault, always defending the underdog, while suffering terrible demons that lead to deep depression and multiple suicide attempts. Pat Conroy held nothing back, as his hundreds of hours of recordings include conversations with his psychiatrist, his weakness for alcohol, and so much more.
All that said, all the legions who loved this literary icon will have a true understanding and appreciation of his work after reading My Exaggerated Life.
THIS COPY (shown below) was hand signed by Katherine Clark on the title page at the store. It is a new, unread first edition opened only for signing and comes with a certificate authenticating the signature. Published by The University of South Carolina Press in March, 2018.
KATHERINE CLARK (pictured below from our Wall of Fame) and the Booksmith have a close relationship that began in 2001 when we hosted the launch of Milking the Moon, which was an oral memoir of our dear friend Eugene Walter. Subsequently, she has begun every tour at The Alabama Booksmith. She was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and has received many writing honors since graduating from the Altamont School in Birmingham, Harvard, and receiving her PhD in English from Emory. Thank you Katherine Clark for signing our books.