This snippet comes from the end of Chapter 2 (p.6), with McMurtry remembering his life as a six-year-old on a Texas ranch, and his earliest discoveries in the world of books and reading:
With the day-to-day life of our ranch being so crowded, I somehow failed to get around to fantasy – to story, to invention – until one day in 1942 when my cousin Robert Hilburn, on his way to enlist in the new war, stopped by the ranch house and gave me the gift that changed my life.And Cousin Robert gets my vote for Cousin of the Year!
The gift was a box containing nineteen books.
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