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A tour of Larry McMurtry’s personal library

James McAuley from the New Yorker’s super Book Bench blog goes to Archer City and what’s in Archer City, Texas – population 1,850? The answer is Larry McCurtry’s used bookstore – Booked Up. James was treated to a tour of McMurtry’s personal library.

Over the years, he’s bought twenty-six bookstores—the stock, not the business—lamenting what he called “the tragedy of the Gotham Book Mart,” and the demise of other great secondhand shops like Leary’s, in Philadelphia, and the Heritage, in Beverly Hills.

To honor their memory, McMurtry now collects signs from these ill-fated institutions. Booked Up customers can see his newest acquisition—the sign from Boston’s beloved Goodspeed’s Book Shop, which hung outside the store’s Beacon Hill location until it closed in 1993.

You can learn more about McMurtry’s passion for bookselling in his memoir, Books – here’s our review of that book.

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