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Books by Larry McMurtry
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May 14, 2010

really liked it
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Larry McMurtry (LM) writes about the books in his life like the laconic Texan that he is. In "Books", he writes in a meandering fashion about some of the more memorable books he's bought and sold as the proprietor of 'Booked Up', a book shop LM runs with his partner Marcia (?) in Archer City (where the hells' that?) Texas. Think of the town that Peter Bogdonovich set the film "The Last Picture Show" and that is Archer City. The one thing that AC has going for it is that it's CHEAP which is why McMurtry moved his book business with 300k volumes for sale from it's former home in Washington D.C. where it was located for many years. The other reason is that he's a Texan at heart and this is the town that he grew up in.

I found the book interesting because it is essentially a who's who of the rare book business for the last 30+ years in the US sprinkled with anecdotes of vast libraries acquired and rare books lost to other bidders at auction. If none of this sounds interesting this isn't the book for you.


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