The Water Is Wide by Pat Conroy

The bestselling Pat Conroy memoir—now available as an ebook The moving story of a young teacher’s experience on an island forgotten by the world Though the children of Yamacraw Island live less than two miles from the coast of South Carolina, they can’t name the president or the ocean that surrounds them. Many can’t sign their names. Most can’t read or write—they’re unable to reach their potential to grow and learn because they have been failed by their school district and handicapped by their poverty and isolation. But with the arrival of an eager young teacher, their prospects begin to brighten. Based on Pat Conroy’s experiences teaching elementary school for a year on South Carolina’s Daufuskie Island, The Water Is Wide is a revealing portrait of the inequalities of the American education system and a powerful story of the group of children that changed one man’s life forever.

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The 1215th greatest nonfiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 100 Major Works of Modern Creative Nonfiction (

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
The Water Is Wide Hardcover 203584 $16.48 $19.41 2010
The Water Is Wide: A Memoir Paperback 8299 $7.55 $0.15
The Water Is Wide Hardcover 1213312 $84.30 $5.94
The Water Is Wide (Paperback) Mass Market Paperback 1567839 $51.64 $4.02
The Water Is Wide Paperback 976063 $5.99 $0.01 1972
The Water is Wide Audio CD 1594629 $12.86 $2.98 2011
The Water Is Wide Kindle Edition 14762 $8.54 2010
The Water is Wide Audio CD 375631 $5.03 $6.02 2013
The Water Is Wide Kindle Edition 50332 $11.99 2022