'Books: A Memoir' by Larry McMurtry: Texas author reveals lifelong love affair with reading
Sunday, July 6, 2008
By CLAY REYNOLDS / Special Contributor to The Dallas Morning News
firstname.lastname@example.org Novelist Clay Reynolds is Professor of Arts & Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas. His latest work of fiction is Sandhill County Lines.
[The review begins]
BooksA MemoirLarry McMurtrySimon & Schuster: 260 pp., $24"The older the violin, the sweeter the music," Gus McCrae remarks in "Lonesome Dove," Larry McMurtry's magisterial western about a cattle drive from Texas to Montana and the havoc wreaked in its path. The silver-tongued devil's observation is about affairs of the heart, of course, but it could well serve as a description of the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer's career.In his latest work, "Books: A Memoir," McMurtry, 72, takes an elegiac look back at his life as a buyer, seller and lover of the written word -- he boasts that Booked Up, the fabled store he opened in his hometown of Archer City, Texas, a few years back, has 28,000 secondhand volumes of the product we currently hear may soon be eclipsed by Kindle."
or read the Austin American Statesman review
Larry McMurtry's 'Books': rambling, disorganized, dull
The 'Lonesome Dove' author leads us through a disappointing tour of his life as a bookseller
By Edward Nawotka
July 06, 2008
"In his new memoir "Books" — an account of his more than 50-year career as a "bookman" — Larry McMurtry states that "the antiquarian book trade is an anecdotal culture." To wit, I start thusly: In my 20s, I spent a summer working for an antiquarian book-seller. It was a prestigious place, just off Boston's posh Newbury Street, run by a married pair of blue-blood WASPs who hired their interns from Harvard and — in those pre-Internet times — researched the provenance of any book they didn't have immediate knowledge of by going down to the Boston Athenaeum, a members-only library dating back to 1807. "