Search Results: "Larry McMurtry"


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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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THALIA by Larry McMurtry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"It's good to have these essential novels in one place. One wishes only that McMurtry had provided more commentary; his introduction, lamenting 'the myth of my country, and of my people, too,' is frustratingly short and only hints at what he might have done."
Omnibus collection containing the esteemed Texas author's first three novels, a loose cycle about the people who live hardscrabble lives on the austere, windswept plains of the Red River country. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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NON-FICTION
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 >