Books by Larry McMurtry
A Memoir

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Now in paperback, Larry McMurtry’s fascinating and surprisingly intimate memoir of his lifelong passion of buying, selling, and collecting rare antiquarian books: “a necessary and marvelous gift” (San Antonio Express-News).

• Acclaimed author: Spanning a lifetime of literary achievement, Larry McMurtry has succeeded at a wide variety of genres, from coming-of-age novels like The Last Picture Show, to essays like In a Narrow Grave, to the reinvention of the “Western” on a grand scale like the Pulitzer Prize–winning Lonesome Dove. Here at last is the private McMurtry writing about himself: as a boy growing up in a largely “bookless” world, as a young man devouring the world of literature, as a fledgling writer and family man, and above all as one of America’s most prominent “bookmen.”

• A work of charm, grace, and good humor: reading Books is like reading the best kind of diary—full of wonderful anecdotes, amazing characters, spicy gossip, and shrewd observations. Like its author, Books is erudite, full of life, and full of great stories. Yet the most curious tale of all is the amazing transformation of a reluctant young cowboy into a world-class literary figure who has spent his life not only writing books, but rounding them up the way he once rounded up cattle. At once chatty, revealing, and deeply satisfying, Books is Larry McMurtry at his best.

About Larry McMurtry

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Larry McMurtry is the author of twenty-nine novels, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Lonesome Dove, three memoirs, two collections of essays, and more than thirty screenplays. He lives in Archer City, Texas.
Published May 24, 2010 by Simon & Schuster. 274 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, History, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Larry McMurtry’s fragmentary memoir is about buying and selling books, not writing them, and the colorful characters he encountered during his four decades in the book trade.

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The New York Times

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The novelist Larry McMurtry looks back on his long second career as a bookseller.

Jul 27 2008 | Read Full Review of Books: A Memoir

Book Reporter

In his isolated rural setting, he tells us, "I came to reading before I came to American popular culture generally…" McMurtry devoured his cousin's books multiple times and soon, as a young man, was searching through musty old bookstores, looking for books to read.

Jul 08 2008 | Read Full Review of Books: A Memoir

Seattle PI

I love to read books that comprise a series.

Apr 26 2011 | Read Full Review of Books: A Memoir

McMurtry bought the book for 160 and sold it the same afternoon for 430: "The book contained Hankey's small circular photographic bookplate, a thing in itself pretty rare.

Nov 09 2008 | Read Full Review of Books: A Memoir

Bookmarks Magazine

Larry McMurtry, antiquarian book dealer and one of the most prolific and well-respected writers working today (Terms of Endearment, The Last Picture Show, and the Pulitzer Prize–winning modern classic Lonesome Dove), goes back to his roots.

Jul 07 2008 | Read Full Review of Books: A Memoir

Austin Chronicle

Larry McMurtry, Texas' preeminent novelist for almost 40 years, announced last year that he would write one more novel, his 20th.

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The New York Review of Books

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The New York Review of Books

Georges Rey, reply by Thomas Nagel Concentrating on the Nuba Eric Reeves, reply by Jeffrey Gettleman Dead or Alive Steve Coll Empathy Walter Kaiser Expect to Be Lied to in Japan Ian Buruma Germany & the Euro Yves-Andre Istel, reply by George Soros...

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The New York Review of Books

Auden), these pieces are tantalizing glimpses into the lives of those who have made The New York Review of Books into what Esquire magazine calls “the premier literary-intellectual magazine in the English language.” The many contributors include: Stanley Kunitz on Theodore Roethke Robert...

Sep 05 2006 | Read Full Review of Books: A Memoir

Project MUSE

I wish, therefore, that McMurtry, besides expressing his appreciation of the design and feel of books, had seized the occasion to note other ways in which the physical features of books are significant.

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Scholars And Rogues

“Here I am, thirty-four chapters into a book that I hope will interest the general or common reader,” he writes, “and yet why should these readers be interested in the fact that in 1958 or so I paid Ted Brown $7.50 for a nice copy of The Anatomy of Melancholy?

Dec 11 2008 | Read Full Review of Books: A Memoir

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