Books by Larry McMurtry

Larry McMurtry was born on June 3rd, 1936 in Wichita Falls, Texas. He graduated from high school in nearby Archer City, which was later immortalized as the backdrop of the movie, The Last Picture Show based on his 1966 novel of the same name. After recei


THE LAST KIND WORDS SALOON by Larry McMurtry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2014

"Not quite in the class of Lonesome Dove, The Last Picture Show, or other top-shelf McMurtry, but still a lot of fun."
Prolific novelist and pop historian McMurtry (Custer, 2012, etc.) offers another pleasing yarn for fans of the Old West, none of whom will hanker for a trip to the dentist after reading it. Read full book review >
CUSTER by Larry McMurtry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 2012

"The distilled perceptions of a lifetime of study, beautifully illustrated."
A Pulitzer Prize winner's idiosyncratic take on one of American history's great blunderers. Read full book review >
LITERARY LIFE by Larry McMurtry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 8, 2009

"Strictly for fans who won't mind this often-terrific storyteller not coming to a satisfactory conclusion, but rather ceasing, in exhaustion, from his prolific labors."
Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist McMurtry follows the first volume of his memoirs, Books (2008), with a desultory account of his journey through "the scrappy, variegated world of letters." Read full book review >
RHINO RANCH by Larry McMurtry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2009

"A lovely, high-lonesome end to Duane's saga that also offers the possibility of more books to come—which readers will certainly hope McMurtry delivers."
Duane Moore's depressed and a little horny—but not as horny as the black rhinoceroses that have entered his increasingly complicated life. Read full book review >
BOOKS by Larry McMurtry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2008

"A pleasant amble in Bookland and a treat for the bookishly inclined, as well as for McMurtry buffs."
Having written about other aspects of his life, novelist and screenwriter McMurtry (When the Light Goes, 2007, etc.) finally gets around to his bibliomania. Read full book review >
WHEN THE LIGHT GOES by Larry McMurtry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2007

"For McMurtry fans, there's some heat here, but little light."
Compared to the literary feasts McMurtry has previously delivered, this is barely a snack. Read full book review >
TELEGRAPH DAYS by Larry McMurtry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2006

"Though the novel ultimately covers a lot of territory, this isn't a return to the Oscar-winner's epic sweep of Lonesome Dove, but it's an easy, breezy read."
McMurtry delivers more laughs and a lot more sex than usual as he chronicles the transition from the waning days of the Old West gunfighters through the rise of Buffalo Bill's Wild West. Read full book review >
OH WHAT A SLAUGHTER by Larry McMurtry
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 1, 2005

"Minor McMurtry, but, as always, superbly written: dark reading for a Western campfire surrounded by ghosts."
A suitably cheerless tour of several 19th-century massacres, guided by the increasingly gloomy master of all things Wild West. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2005

"All in all, earnestly winning, old-fashioned storytelling. "
A slapdash, repetitious but nonetheless compelling look at two phenoms of the late-19th-century, by Mr. Wild West himself. Read full book review >
LOOP GROUP by Larry McMurtry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 7, 2004

"The proportions may be wrong, but there's something here for everyone: An affectionate peek at the workers clinging to Hollywood's lowest rung; campy sex; drama on the highway; and canny insights into the dynamics of family and friendship."
Best friends since sixth grade and now they're hitting sixty, these two foxy Hollywood working girls. Their friendship is the heart of McMurtry's larky latest, fizzy enough to keep the fans happy. Read full book review >
FOLLY AND GLORY by Larry McMurtry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2004

"A fitting end to McMurtry's odd but wise saga of Old Europe in the New World (By Sorrow's River, 2003, etc.)."
Lord Berrybender's epic four-year hunting trip through the unsettled West comes to a wistful close. Read full book review >
BY SORROW’S RIVER by Larry McMurtry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"The Berrybenders may be de trop, but the scenery continues to be worth the trip."
Third in the brutal and amusing saga of the dissolute Lord Berrybender and his lusty brood in the great American West (Sin Killer, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >
THE WANDERING HILL by Larry McMurtry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2003

"Big issues masquerading as light fun. Highly entertaining."
Lord Berrybender and brood continue their western exploration, in this second in a four-part series (Sin Killer, 2002). Read full book review >
SIN KILLER by Larry McMurtry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2002

"Tom Jones in the Wild West. More to come."
The master of amiable, easygoing westerns (Boone's Luck, 2000, etc.) launches part one of the four-book adventures of a rich, noble, pleasantly debauched English family in the Louisiana Territory. Read full book review >
SACAGAWEA’S NICKNAME by Larry McMurtry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Though they sometimes have an ephemeral, dashed-off feel, these pieces will please McMurtry fans and be of interest to students of the American West."
Occasional writings on matters western by a noted interpreter of the region. Read full book review >
PARADISE by Larry McMurtry
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: June 7, 2001

"No overachievement itself, this is likely to disappoint loyal McMurtry fans."
A glancing memoir by McMurtry (Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen, 1999, etc.), an extraordinarily talented spinner of tales, the author of such bestselling and critically acclaimed titles as Lonesome Dove and The Last Picture Show. Read full book review >
BOONE’S LICK by Larry McMurtry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2000

"Reminds warmly of Lonesome Dove and others in the McMurtry canon (Comanche Moon, 1997, etc.): colorful, poignant, funny."
McMurtry returns to the Old West he knows so well and loves so deeply for this first in a series. Read full book review >
BOONE'S LICK  by Larry McMurtry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2000

Reminds warmly of Lonesome Dove and others in the McMurtry canon (Comanche Moon, 1997, etc.): colorful, poignant, funny. Read full book review >
STILL WILD by Larry McMurtry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2000

"A useful survey, and a nicely varied compendium of vigorous tales."
"The severities of pioneer life yield up no Prousts," novelist McMurtry observes in his terse introduction to this varied gathering of short fiction by contemporary writers who "at one point or another in their careers have taken as their subject life in the American West." Read full book review >
ROADS by Larry McMurtry
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: July 5, 2000

"Seldom deep, McMurtry's driver's-seat ruminations are unlikely to win him new fans, but his prose unwinds in a deceptively simple, winning manner."
Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist McMurtry (Duane's Depressed, 1998, etc.) takes a rambling bookman's holiday on America's great interstates, hoping to "reread some of these roads as I might a book." Read full book review >
WALTER BENJAMIN AT THE DAIRY QUEEN by Larry McMurtry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"It's philosophy, literary criticism, and memoir all rolled up into one neat package, and McMurtry's constant readers will find much pleasure in these pages."
An elegiac essay on memory and the power of storytelling by a master of the art. Read full book review >
DUANE'S DEPRESSED by Larry McMurtry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 14, 1999

"You probably won't be able to either."
Likable characters, wry dialogue, and a bittersweet sense of time passing and opportunities lost are the engaging features of this amiable follow-up (and the conclusion of a trilogy) to McMurtry's The Last Picture Show (1966) and Texasville (1987). Read full book review >
COMANCHE MOON by Larry McMurtry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"While the last third turns workmanlike in its efforts to set up the opening situation of Lonesome Dove, McMurtry nevertheless delivers a generally fine tableau of western life, full of imaginative exploits, convincing historical background, and well-rendered people."
McMurtry returns to reliable form in this follow-up to Dead Man's Walk (1995) that serves as a second prequel to his Texas epic Lonesome Dove (1985). Read full book review >
ZEKE AND NED by Larry McMurtry
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"A mock-heroic tale of culture shock and sudden death along our westering frontier in which the principals (whether red or white) are portrayed as simple-minded primitives."
Pulitzer Prize winner McMurtry (Dead Man's Walk, 1995, etc.) and his collaborator on Pretty Boy Floyd (1994) attempt to bestow mythic stature on a maverick American Indian in this for-want-of-a-nail yarn set in 1870s Oklahoma. Read full book review >
DEAD MAN'S WALK by Larry McMurtry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Only for blindly faithful McMurtry fans."
A bloated, pointless-seeming prequel to 1985's bestselling Lonesome Dove. Read full book review >
THE LATE CHILD by Larry McMurtry
Released: May 1, 1995

"Still, this candy-coated-seeming road novel, even as it tackles themes of grief and healing, grows monotonous."
Overlong seriocomic sequel to Pulitizer-winning McMurtry's The Desert Rose (1983). Read full book review >
PRETTY BOY FLOYD by Larry McMurtry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 14, 1994

"A charming, albeit predictable, story that reads like a B-movie."
Pulitzer Prize winner McMurtry (Streets of Laredo, 1993, etc.) forms one half of this writing team that turned a prior collaboration on a film script (for a movie that remains unmade) into a novel. Read full book review >
STREETS OF LAREDO by Larry McMurtry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 23, 1993

"Bleak, stately, terrifying, and moving: It's not just the wonderful story and completely original, perfectly American characters; McMurtry writes as well about aging as has ever been done."
A handsome young psychopath begins a spree of train robbery and murder in the West Texas border country, and the victimized railroad hires the legendary Ranger Captain Woodrow Call, aging hero of McMurtry's Lonesome Dove, to stop him. Read full book review >
THE EVENING STAR by Larry McMurtry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1992

Part Two of the amorous adventures of Aurora Greenway, the high-spirited heroine of Terms of Endearment (1975). Read full book review >
ANYTHING FOR BILLY  by Larry McMurtry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 1988

For Billy the Kid, that is—here, a "young, short, dirty, ugly, and violent" killer, but still magnet enough to polarize the fabulous cast of historical and fictional characters that McMurtry (Texasville, 1987; Lonesome Dove, 1985; etc.) assembles in this lustrous new Western entertainment. Read full book review >
FILM FLAM  by Larry McMurtry
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 1, 1987

"A top-notch collection."
McMurtry's modest essays on Hollywood screenwriting and films generally are among the most literate and absorbing in recent memory, especially when set beside William Goldman's Adventures in the Screen Trade. Read full book review >
LONESOME DOVE by Larry McMurtry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1985

"It will appeal to all lovers of fiction of the first order."
This large, stately, and intensely powerful new novel by the author of Terms of Endearment and The Last Picture Show is constructed around a cattle drive—an epic journey from dry, hard-drinking south Texas, where a band of retired Texas Rangers has been living idly, to the last outpost and the last days of the old, unsettled West in rough Montana. Read full book review >
THE DESERT ROSE  by Larry McMurtry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 1983

After the ambitious dark-comedy of Somebody's Darling and the satiric sprawl of Cadillac Jack, McMurtry returns here to the affectionate, life-sized, gently biting portraiture of Terms of Endearment and The Last Picture Show. Read full book review >
CADILLAC JACK  by Larry McMurtry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 1982

"Somebody Darling."
McMurtry's down-home fictions have always been juiced up with side-orders of raunchy charm and beer-barrel comedy—but this time he tries, with middling results, to make an entire novel out of such enticing (yet ultimately wearying) trimmings. Read full book review >
SOMEBODY'S DARLING  by Larry McMurtry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1978

McMurtry (The Last Picture Show) has perhaps attempted the impossible: he's portraying today's Hollywood, from the inside, in all its glossy ugliness, while at the same time trying to coax from that milieu some tenderness, some equivalent for the dead nostalgia of old-time Hollywood. Read full book review >
TERMS OF ENDEARMENT by Larry McMurtry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 20, 1975

"If all of it goes on much too long, there are some nice lines and among those Terms of Endearment to be applied—why not try ease, affection, benignity."
Ninety-six percent of McMurtry's new novel is skittery, haphazard comedy about one of those pleasantly imperious originals, Aurora Greenway, widowed at 49, and never able to "vouch for tomorrow" or quite live up to the promise of her full lower lip. Read full book review >
ALL MY FRIENDS ARE GOING TO BE STRANGERS  by Larry McMurtry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1972

"Susceptibly minor."
Danny Deck is not through school yet down there in Texas when he writes his first novel and sells it to Random House and the movies which might just remind you of the kind of easy-come success Larry McMurtry had with the books which became Hud and The Last Picture Show. Read full book review >
MOVING ON by Larry McMurtry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1970

"The book essentially is hers and it goes along in a self-propelled fashion—you may find many people reading it and not remembering they have."
This double length, in fact King ranch styled novel, which moves in and out of Texas, is the publisher's lead book and you may remember McMurtry's earliest successes—Horseman Pass By (Hud) or The last Picture Show. Read full book review >
THE LAST PICTURE SHOW  by Larry McMurtry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1966

"It's a commercial book guaranteed to the talented author's audience won with Horsemen Pass By (filmed as Hud) but chockablock with all the devices for teaching fictional heroes the facts of life one meets in print, with monotonous regularity."
Thalia, Texas is the sort of God foresaken small town where, "...you can't sneeze without somebody offerin' you a handkerchief." Read full book review >
LEAVING CHEYENNE  by Larry McMurtry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1963

"His offensive and unnecessary scenes animal and human micturition are the devices of an amateur, and, at still less than the age of 30, McMurtry is not that but a powerful storyteller with a grip on his landscape and background material."
She title's Cheyenne is "that part of a cowboy's day which is his earliest best — his blood's country and his heart's pastureland". Read full book review >
HORSEMAN, PASS BY  by Larry McMurtry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1961

"Grandad's way of life is strong-and can only be killed violently - so that it is a fitting end that he meets."
A simply told, warm, rather melancholy tale of changing times in the small ranch country of Texas. Read full book review >