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Books: A Memoir
Books A Memoir
Author: Larry McMurtry
In a prolific life of singular literary achievement, Larry McMurtry has succeeded in a variety of genres: in coming-of-age novels like The Last Picture Show; in collections of essays like In a Narrow Grave; and in the reinvention of the Western on a grand scale in his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Lonesome Dove. Now, in B...  more », McMurtry writes about his endless passion for books: as a boy growing up in a largely "bookless" world; as a young man devouring the vastness of literature with astonishing energy; as a fledgling writer and family man; and above all, as one of America's most prominent bookmen. He takes us on his journey to becoming an astute, adventurous book scout and collector who would eventually open stores of rare and collectible editions in Georgetown, Houston, and finally, in his previously "bookless" hometown of Archer City, Texas.In this work of extraordinary charm, grace, and good humor, McMurtry recounts his life as both a reader and a writer, how the countless books he has read worked to form his literary tastes, while giving us a lively look at the eccentrics who collect, sell, or simply lust after rare volumes. Books: A Memoir is like the best kind of diary -- full of McMurtry's wonderful anecdotes, amazing characters, engaging gossip, and shrewd observations about authors, book people, literature, and the author himself. At once chatty, revealing, and deeply satisfying, Books is, like McMurtry, erudite, life loving, and filled with excellent stories. It is a book to be savored and enjoyed again and again.
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ISBN-13: 9781416583356
ISBN-10: 1416583351
Publication Date: 7/14/2009
Pages: 272
Rating:
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3.3 stars, based on 9 ratings
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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This book badly needs editing. It is the first book by McMurtry that has disappointed me. It reminded me of talking to and elderly person who keeps telling the same thing over again and doesn't remember mentioning it before, it's interesting to them only.
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Helpful Score: 1
I agree with the above poster: this book does need some editing. I found a few mis-spelled words and awkward sentences. Then again, I'm sort of nitpicky about grammar things. If this sort of thing doesn't bother you, then great! That being said, this book wasn't really what I expected. Larry McMurtry is an antiquarian book dealer. He buys and sells the rare and hard to find books, and talks extensively about his unique experiences within the book trade. It's not a bad book, and is actually quite interesting. The chapters are very brief: several of them are only a page long, and almost all of them are less than five pages. It makes for a quick read. I liked it!
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McMurtry is not one of favorite authors, but I can't resist any book with "Books" in its title. This memoir is about his lifelong passion for the printed word. He lived in a bookless home until a cousin gifted him with 19 boy's books. From that gift his collection grew until he filled several downtown buildings in Archer City, Texas (his home town) with his store, Booked Up, containing some 400,000 volumes of rare, antique, and collectible books.
I loved the charming, graceful, and humorous stories of one of America's most prominent bookmen.