Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Book Review: Books by Larry McMurtry

This memoir isn't a typical memoir at all. It's a memoir exclusively about Mr. McMurtry's relationship with books. He's not only a bestselling novelist and Oscar-winning screenwriter, but he's also a bookstore owner and book scout. This book is one that's easy to pick up and put down (and I mean that in a good way). It was perfect to carry in my purse to pick up when I only had a few minutes. Not only is there no plot to keep track of, and almost no recurring characters, but all the chapters are exceedingly short (most 1-2 pages, I think the longest is 4).

Mr. McMurtry is obviously a lover of books, of all kinds. He shouldn't have been - he grew up on a ranch in Texas where everyone worked with their hands, but he was drawn to books from a young age. And books were actually very difficult for him to get his hands on at first - which is probably why he can't stop buying books once he gets an income. His personal library is pretty shocking (I believe 35,000 books) and eventually he decides to turn his hometown of Archer City, TX into a book town.

For a book lover like me, this was a nice little respite. It's a loving meditation on books, and is perfect for bibliophiles of any stripe. I hope to read one of Mr. McMurtry's novels later this year, and this was a great introduction to his writing style.
I bought this out of a remainder bin at a chain bookstore.


Teacher/Learner said...

Sounds like the type of book any book blogger would enjoy. Thanks for the recommendation :)

B said...

This sounds like something I would like. I can't pass up a book about books.

Unknown said...

I didn't know Larry McMurtry had written a memoir. It interests me because it's about his love of books. I didn't know he was a bookstore owner either! I like to read about the lives of authors from the author, it's always inspiring to me.

This sounds like an intriguing book and one I might learn from as well as enjoy!

Thank you!
~ Amy

Jen said...

I've read his book Lonesome Dove about 8 times (could be more... my copy's awfully battered now..). I keep meaning to pick up this book -- you make it sound like a good read!

Rebecca Chapman said...

I will definitely check this out