Louis L'Amour, Bantam Books, $25, Hardcover.
Louis L’Amour, Bantam Books, $25, Hardcover.

Louis L’Amour, best known for his popular frontier novels and stories, was a tireless reader of great literature and eventually had a personal library of 10,000 books. This memoir begins when he left home at 15 and became a “wandering reader.” His jobs included skinning dead cattle, sailing to Singapore and logging in Oregon, all the while consuming books by Shakespeare, Kipling and Nietzsche. L’Amour tells his personal adventure with as much detail, drama and insight as he did in his 89 novels and 26 short story collections.

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