Books: A Memoir (Paperback)

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“Larry McMurtry's memoir of his life in books--buying selling, bidding, stroking and lusting after--is full of characters and delights that may never been seen by the 'average' bookseller, but what many of us wouldn't give for a chance! Mr. McMurtry is generous with specifics and musings, personal history, whimsy, and speculations.”
— Becky Milner, Vintage Books, Vancouver, WA

October 2008 Indie Next List


“Larry McMurtry's memoir of his life in books -- buying, selling, bidding, and lusting after -- is full of characters and delights that may never have been seen by the 'average' bookseller, but what many of us wouldn't give for the chance! McMurtry is generous with specifics and musings, personal history, whimsy, and speculations.”
— Becky Milner, Vintage Books, Vancouver, WA

Description


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 the Author


Larry McMurtry is the author of twenty-eight novels, two collections of essays, three memoirs, and more than thirty screenplays, including the coauthorship of Brokeback Mountain, for which he received an Academy Award. He lives in Archer City, Texas.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781416583356
ISBN-10: 1416583351
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: July 14th, 2009
Pages: 259
Language: English