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SPOTLIGHT ON LARRY McMURTRY

If you think avid readers are fervent, you should spend time with a group of booksellers. And writers, of course, too. Authors, readers, and booksellers tend to be ardent in their passion for books. Larry McMurtry is all three: he's been a book scout in California, an English instructor in Texas, a bookshop owner in both Texas and Washington DC, and still found time to write over 40 books of his own, one earning him a Pulitzer Prize (Lonesome Dove).

With so much reading, writing and selling of books in his life, it's no surprise McMurtry has released his book and titled it Books: A Memoir, dedicated to his memories, milestones and experiences with every aspect of the written word along the way. AbeBooks PR Manager Richard Davies has read it already and offered his thoughts on this book all about books.


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The memoir explains how his love of books began in a bookless home when his cousin dropped off a box of 19 books, mainly boys’ adventure tales, before going to war. Those 19 books laid the foundation for what he describes as a "life with books".

In Books: A Memoir, McMurtry details his love of books, reading, bookselling and the people he has met through books and bookstores. As no fan of technology, he mourns the loss of AB Bookman - a magazine dedicated to the rare book business that went out of business once websites like AbeBooks took off. As no fan of technology, he does not want to sell books online although his manager at Booked Up is currently selling with AbeBooks. He has never owned or even switched on a computer and writes his novels on a Hermes 3000 typewriter, which he praised at the 2006 Oscars.

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