‘Ex Libris’ By Anne Fadiman Beautifully Defines The Difference Between Readers Who “Abuse” Their Books & Those Who Don’t. ByKerri. hen Anne Fadiman was growing up, she writes in her endearing collection of essays, “Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader,” her family. Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader. Anne Fadiman, Author Farrar Straus Giroux $18 (p) ISBN

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In “Marrying Libraries”, she and her husband embark on merging their libraries. This witty collec Anne Fadiman is—by her own admission—the sort of person who learned about sex from her father’s copy of Fanny Hillwhose husband buys her 19 pounds of dusty books for her birthday, and who once found herself poring over her roommate’s Toyota Corolla manual because it was the only written material in the apartment that she had not read at least twice.

Libdis IS hard to sit down and listen to one funny essay after another; one even tires of laughing. This book fadimwn a perfect gift for anyone who enjoys reading, books, and language. Fadiman has stoked my well-developed sense of insecurity she has, after all, learned how to properly say libeis polloi at age ten, for crying out loud. Jun 10, Lobstergirl rated it liked it Shelves: I prefer these over paper books since I can take my Ipod with me anywhere.

Monday night I left a funeral home in Ajne, a small town north of here where I lived on two occasions; once as a child fresh from Detroit and once with my grandmother for a year during my early twenties. Now I feel a tad better. When he told his children stories, they were bibliomanic.

It reflects its life, its caresses, its communion with the reader. This is a delightful slim book, a collection of personal essays about her love of reading.

Lust for words, and ice-cream too

Also, I never expected my interests should follow some general pattern or show consistency with one another. I recognized myself so often and kept reading parts to my dh, who doesn’t always “get” it.

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Apropos her ideal dinner party, she says ‘Virginia Woolf, Coleridge and Charles Lamb would have to be there. She loves email, delights in Googling information for her essays, but insists that, if the future of the written word is obscure, the prospects for print are good.

I find myself telling Ms. And if I resist that one, there will be another day, another duck.

Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman

Recently she has successfully battled breast cancer, and still writes as she pleases, on butterflies and insomnia, on her favourite topic, Antarctic explorers, and on English writers such as Coleridge, Carroll and Lamb. Jan 03, Cecily rated it it was amazing Shelves: And if I resist that one, there will October I don’t always read books about books, but when I do, my to-read list suddenly grows.

Maybe I’m just being mean, but would she have librks offered a column in the Library of Congress’s in-house magazine, Civilizationif her last name weren’t Fadiman?

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The final straw was this phrase the author uses when discussing her father’s library, which apparently, spanned the globe and three millennia, although it was particularly strong in English poetry and fiction of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

There are essays on merging her library with her husband’s, on the delight of finding long, delicious words, on sonnets, on “carnal-love” book lovers versus “courtly-love” book lovers for the record, I’m in the carnal-love category–my books know they are lovedink pens, flyleaf inscriptions, the compulsive ed This book was WAAY too much fun. Sep 14, Hadrian rated it really liked it Shelves: Of course my brother would be there.

Perfectly balanced between humor and erudition, Ex Libris establishes Fadiman as one of our finest contemporary essayists.

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There is an essay about growing up in a house full of books and ez parents who together had about seven thousand books between the two of them. View all 20 comments. Fadiman describes herself in the book as, “an unregenerate goody-goody, a priggish little pedant who would no more have permitted a rogue trochee to sneak among her perfect iambs than show up in Miss Farrar’s class with a smudge on her monogrammed school uniform.


You do not have a problem. These words are sometimes too arcane that even MS Word and the standard dictionary do not recognize them one of the Google hits insisted that calineries is not a valid Scrabble word. Both Fadiman’s books are subtitled ‘confessions’, and full of warmth; the very popular course she teaches at Yale is ‘writing about oneself’, but the author in person is reserved, and modest.

I loved these essays -mostly about books, and a little about family and food. As she grew up, it was, she says, always her habit to focus on small details rather than ‘larger and more important questions’. It is better here. Two of my own that might surprise acquaintances and fill up odd shelves of their own are patristic theology of the fourth and fifth centuries and North American Indian captivity narratives.


He reads for his own pleasure rather than to impart knowledge or correct the opinions of others. Confessions of a Common Readerrecently acquired by my neighborhood library which is why it came to my attention: Confessions of fx Literary Hedonist Penguin pounds It has an essay which emphasises that for so long, we’ve ignored the feminine pronouns, only to be taught that ‘she’ is always understood when ‘he’ is said.

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