‘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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This book is a perfect gift for anyone who enjoys reading, books, and language. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Of course some essays are better than others. I’d like to see that reflected on our shelves. All of that said, here’s a random passage from the book that I really loved: Recommended for absolutely everyone who loves books.

Confessions of a Common Reader and I were destined for each other. If you haven’t read Jon’s review yet, check it out: 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.

But in the end she won me over with the breadth of her interests, her humor, her fine prose, and of course her frequent quotations from Charles Lamb. The two make for a marked, yet intriguing contrast, since they are both talking about the same subject: You Are There of the excitement of reading a book in the place it was written! In “Marrying Libraries”, she and her husband embark on merging their libraries.

Alas, while I added this book more than two years ago, I didn’t get around to a finally acquired copy till now, and the three stars would need a great deal of this way or that motion to raise or lower i Yet another case of had I read this book a mere few years ago, four stars would have been a guarantee, five if I was feeling especially forlorn due to few real life acquaintances even liking the concept of a book, let alone sharing my fervent devotion for the written word in bound and paged form.


They give you the sense that it’s anns to constantly be re-organizing your bookshelf, kind of panicking inside when someone asks to borrow a book, or even spotting annoying grammar and spelling mistakes everywhere you go. But, I ended up not really connecting with it. fadoman

I don’t, but I know for a fact that others in my family do! The discussion on how people treat their fdaiman books is one I often see on GoodReads ie Are you a “courtly” or a “carnal” reader?

Apropos her ideal dinner party, she says ‘Virginia Woolf, Coleridge and Charles Lamb would have to be there. From their house at the top of a hill, her father would train a pair of binoculars on the mail box at the end of the drive. She is funny and frank and the book is a delight. A delightful collection of essays by a bibliophile, for fellow bibliophiles.

I’d like to reiterate my earlier point and say, Fuck. Maybe I’m just being mean, but would she have been offered a column in the Library of Congress’s in-house radiman, Civilizationif her last name weren’t Fadiman? Do you read post-order catalogs?

What else should one expect from distilled magazine pieces?


This is a book worth owning to be able to reread certain essays every once in a while. Are you a courtly book-lover or a carnal one? Perchance I would have given it five stars had I read it from the cozy comfort of the couch in my den! She graduated in from Harvard College, where she began her writing career as the undergraduate columnist at Harvard Magazine. Seriously, there are better ways to show your admiration. Anyone who loves books will see something in here to remind them of their own reading foibles.


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. The book’s subtitle is, “Confessions of a Common Reader”, but the word “common” is apparently intended to mean “wealthy and privileged”, “having a classical literature degree” and “being part of an elite literary circle”.

Her own contains books on polar exploration, north and south. Today, Kim lives in Jackson, Wyoming, works as a mountain guide, manages a small investment fund and teaches a class on the chemistry of ice-cream-making at the local college.

Besides, I’m far far, far, faaaar more apt to dislike a person than a book, so why not be better acquainted with the entity that’s more likely to strike me as pleasing? The book bug stayed in ligris family.

Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman

Over time this morphed into book collecting and the obsessive selection of the mot juste, but the little girl who recalls ‘hot, humid, fxdiman summer nights’ is, to adapt Wordsworth, mother to the woman.

For many years, she was a writer and columnist for Life, and later an Editor-at-Large at Civilization. Feb 23, JSou rated it really liked it Shelves: