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Pat Conroy wrote and published his first book, "The Boo" (1970), while still a student at the Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. He has since written five bestselling novels including "The Water is Wide" (1972), "The Great Santini" (1976), "The Lords of Discipline" (1980), "The Prince of Tides" (1986), and "Beach Music" (1995). His most recent book, "My Losing Season" (Nan. Talese, 2002) is a nonfiction account of his life as an athlete at the Citadel. He lives in South Carolina with his wife, author Cassandra King.