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Literary Life: A Second Memoir Audiobook

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (186 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Larry McMurtry Narrator: Henry Strozier Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In Literary Life, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Larry McMurtry opens up about the triumphs and trials of his abundant literary career. Relaying his early interest in writing that began with a creative writing class at Rice University, to a career that boasts over forty novels and an Academy Award®–winning screenplay, this intimate portrait of the author offers a glimpse into an intelligent, honest, and undeniably profound voice in contemporary American literature. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Mr. McMurtry is an outsider with insider stories and connections…Strewn through this book’s loose narrative are stories about things like eating chicken gizzards and attending a stock car race in Texas with Susan Sontag…The book is also, happily, filled with his literary enthusiasms.”

    New York Times

  • “A master reflects on the joy of writing…An invitation into the working writer’s head.”

    Boston Globe

  • “In this, the second of three planned memoirs, McMurtry takes a laconic look back over a life in letters that now includes some forty books and an equal number of screenplays…McMurtry’s understated style is charming and deceptively sophisticated.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “An enjoyable and revealing look at the thoughts and career of a great writer.”


Listener Reviews

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Deb | 2/16/2014

    " This reminded me very much of "Letter from Reachfar" by my beloved Jane Duncan. Although I love McMurtry, I am not his typical reader, because "Somebody's Darling" and "Cadillac Jack" are two of my favorites. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Heather Mize | 2/13/2014

    " I enjoyed this book, I'd give it maybe a 3.5. Some of the stories were interesting, other times I felt like he was reaching deep and name dropping just to fill up a book's worth of literary experiences when really he probably needn't try that hard at all...he's been writing for decades. I would have liked to see him do something more like Stephen King's On Writing, which is a great book. Overall, it was interesting and a quick read. I wish he would have expanded more on the books he talked about, or included more. I wish he'd told us the list of books in his re-read library that he keeps close at hand. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Kathy Harris | 2/12/2014

    " I was disappointed in this memoir, though it was definitely interesting if you enjoy McMurtry's work. I wanted more juicy details about how each of his novels came to be. There were a few - like how Lonesome Dove got its title and which one of his novels he thinks is his best work (Duane's Depressed). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by F. John | 2/6/2014

    " I liked the way he writes. He seems real down-to-earth. He talked about writing, books, writers and a little about the writing life. I got some ideas for further reading from this book and about ways of assembling a library. "

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About the Author
Author Larry McMurtry

Larry McMurtry is an award-winning novelist, essayist, Oscar-winning screenwriter, and avid book collector. His novels include The Last Picture Show, Terms of Endearment, and Lonesome Dove, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize. He lives in Archer City, Texas.

About the Narrator

Henry Strozier has appeared in numerous films, including Contact, You Don’t Know Jack, Thirteen Days, and Sex in the City. Also a voice-over artist, he has worked extensively in video games and audiobook narration.