While there were a few fun anecdotes and I gathered a sizable li ...more
Now I can't say I disapprove of the topic, just the execution. Many of the essays are scattered and wander off. He doesn't even bother to look up details or even check his own library for citations. I'd feel skittish even if I wrote a Goodreads review with that sloth.
I can't fault him too terribly, though. There's too much to write, or even just to read.
probably the most amazing thing is that his own ...more
I found this book accidentally when I was browsing my library for a memoir to complete a reading challenge. I was intrigued by the description. Well, it's titled Books: A memoir, I couldn't simply put it back on the shelf! The opening lines pulled me in and I was hooked.
I don't remember my parents reading me a story - perhaps that's why I've made up so many. They were good parents, but just not story reader."
The author tells the story how he got his first book and what it meant to him. He...more
Being a bit of an amateur bibliophile – I would never deign to put myself in the same class with folks like McMurtry and his wife, who together have owned several bookstores in their time – I jumped at the chance to immerse myself in McMurtry’s book lust. The best chapters are in the beginning, where he recounts his childhood in the waning years of the Great Depression and with the onslaught of WWII. Perhaps it is just the poignant childhood nostalgia that sucke ...more
Let’s face it, I love a good book memoir so I thought I had to check this one out, but I’m a little disappointed. At times in ...more
Books is a memoir that traces McMurtry's life stages through his relationship with books--thousands and thousands of them, those in the library of the university he attended, those in his personal library (upwards of 30,000 volumes) McMurtry's Books uses stories about book-collecting, book-selling, and book-enjoying as milestones for his autobiography. His memoir not only tells us something about his own life,. In "Books: A Memoir" (259 pages), McMu ...more
Here's one reason why I love M ...more
It's also interesting to read about how serious book collectors and booksellers curate their collections. I came away with a list of books I now want to read based on his discussion of them in this book.
Well, needless ...more
These memories are often esoteric and dull, since the names of his acquaintances mean little to the reader. Only occasionally does McMurtry make his occupation sound appealing enough to pursue (or even listen to someone talk a ...more
Is it dishonest to give a book you haven't read? Well, I read this and think it's worse to write a memoir about books that isn't about reading but about the transactions of books hoarded and sold. Also, the last novel McMurtry read was Anne Tyler's The Accidental Tourist in 1985. He became tired.
His first published book, Horseman, Pass By, was adapted into the film "Hud." A number of his other novels also were adapted into movies as well as a television mini-serie ...more
That is a preference I can’t grasp, much less share, though I’m well aware that computers have many valid uses. They save lives, and they make research in most cases a thing that’s almost instantaneous.
They do many good things.
But they don’t really do what books do, and why should they usurp the chief function of a public library, which is to provide readers access to books? Books can accommodate the proximity of computers but it doesn’t seem to work the other way around. Computers now literally drive out books from the place that should, by definition, be books’ own home: the library.”