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Anne Fadiman is the sort of person who learned about sex from her father’s copy of Fanny Hill, and who once found herself poring over a hen Anne Fadiman was growing up, she writes in her endearing collection of essays, “Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader,” her family. Anne Fadiman, author of Ex Libris, talks about her latest ‘confessions’, words like ‘ whiffling’, and perfect literary dinner guests.

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You might say she was to the omnibus manor born. Book readers and writers, both alike, would agree that plagiarism is a sin and imitation to the extent that it’s a blatant copy is not the sincerest form of flattery. 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.

Besides, with my reading habits I rarely get the chance to be easily annoyed to a superficial extent in my reviews, so I will gladly sacrifice this flitting tome for the sake of the classics and all the rest. This witty collection of essays recounts a lifelong love affair with books and language. If I don’t buy the book now, I may never have another chance. Such a notion is annee a privilege of the used book repository.

Those children do not see their parents reading, as I did every day of my childhood. George eventually caved in, but more for the sake oibris marital harmony than because of a true conversion. She should have just sat back and daydreamed.


When he told his children stories, they were bibliomanic. While many of the 18 essays in Ms. I always lbris reading about the passionately held attitudes of bibliophiles towards their books.

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. As an adult, she remembers their high scores, and which colleges her family “beat”. All of these essays show why bibliophiles love their book collection so passionately; our books become a part of who we are.

Ex Libris is an absolutely lovely book, which libfis me feel privileged to be a bookworm.


Here you only learn a teeny bit about the author’s family, but very, very little and not enough to create a personal interest in them. Try writing an original piece as a tribute, maybe? Oct 12, Jacob rated it it was amazing Shelves: Break my book’s spine and I’ll break yours. This page was last edited on 13 Augustat I’ve always loved books, and admit that since joining Goodreads my obsession has increased a thousand fold.

As someone who played at blocks with her father’s volume set of Trollope “My Ancestral Castles” and who only really considered herself married when she and her husband had merged collections “Marrying Libraries”she is exquisitely well equipped to expand upon the art of inscriptions, the perverse pleasures of compulsive proof-reading, the allure of long words, and the satisfactions of reading out loud.

In college I took a couple of classes that taught me I would never be a novelist. There are always more books and you will always find new ones. It is their content not their matter that interests me!

I prefer long books where you meet people and get to know them well. I had the urge to lend them to as many friends as possible in order to make up for all of the caresses they had missed during their first century.


Finally, she finds it: Never Do That fadimzn a Book discusses the two kinds of readers by the way they treat their books courtly or carnal view spoiler [the Fadiman family is from the carnal school of thought hide spoiler ].

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.

Besides, Susan Sontag arranged her books chronologically. Not like I need more reasons to fuel my longing for travel.

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The discussion on how people treat their paper books is one I often see on GoodReads ie Are you a “courtly” or a “carnal” reader? I have always preferred Keats to Wordsworth, but I was never able to put my finger on why until I read that Wordsworth, according to a visitor, sx live for a month on cold beef, and the next on cold There are two fadjman of people in this world.

If you’ll excuse what I know has to sound like a weak attempt at an obvious pun, I find that books are easier to read than people. Do you read post-order catalogs?