Thereâ€™s a long tradition of writers writing about their libraries. Some of the first modern essaysâ€”by Michel de Montaigne and Sir Francis Baconâ€”are on that very subject. Among more recent publications, you might enjoy Anne Fadimanâ€™s collection Ex Libris or Larry McMurtryâ€™s Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen. The trouble with people writing about their libraries is, well, every writer has one. Itâ€™s like writing about your left hand. Or your M.F.A. program. But McMurtry is a special case. If he had never written Lonesome Dove or The Last Picture Show, he would be famousâ€”at least among collectorsâ€”as one of the countryâ€™s most respected dealers in used and rare books. When he writes about his library, he always has something interesting to say.