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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In Ex LibrisFadiman concentrates less on the texts themselves and more on the reading process or reading habits: Fadiman went through the clippings and catalogued them. There’s a chapter on plagiarism. For all those admirers of my ‘prolix’ prose, that one’s for you.

It’s not all bad. Return to Book Page. It discusses compulsive proofreading and how egregious it librid to find misspelt words.

Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman

And you might have come to love wine later in life too, but you had to come at it from a reeeeeally different angle. Her ruminations on marrying libraries a task I have not yet been bold enough to undertake with my own husbandthe art of inscriptions, and her clever fadimaan on plagiarism and the originality or lack thereof This short collection of essays on the reading life is a true delight of a book. View all 9 comments.

Since then Anne Fadiman has continued to follow her literary nose. Disambiguation pages with short description All article disambiguation pages All disambiguation pages. Our English collection spanned six centuries, and to shelve it chronologically would allow us to watch the broad sweep of ligris unfold before our very eyes.


Monday night I left a funeral home in Salem, 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.

Lust for words, and ice-cream too

I would be scurrying around in the kitchen with Mary Lamb – she and I would do the cooking. If he wants something, he believes it will present itself, and therefore it usually does.

Jan 03, Cecily rated it it was amazing Shelves: Confessions of a Common Readerrecently acquired by my neighborhood library which is why it came to my attention: I don’t, but I know for a fact that others in my family do! 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.

Ultimately libraries are about bringing people together. Want to Read saving….

Ex Libris may refer to: My personal favorite is You Are There because Ms. It is better here.

Fadiman’s writing style is just so perfectly polished, and I love the confiding warmth of her voice. It’s like going into the family business. Confessions of a Common Reader and I were destined for each other.

For what it’s worth, I instead tend to look at books as simple delivery vehicles for what’s truly important, the information being conveyed on their pages through the codified use of language, and tend not to revere such things as precious objects except in truly special circumstances, like first editions and small-run art books and the like.

For many years, she was a writer and columnist for Life, and later an Editor-at-Larg Anne Fadiman, the daughter of Annalee Whitmore Jacoby Fadiman, a screenwriter and foreign correspondent, and Clifton Fadiman, an essayist and critic, was born in New York City in Small enough for a pocket, great for dipping in to.

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At the start I tried to keep tabs of all the new words for me for I can happily report that syzygy and ptarmigan are old friends but somewhere around page 12 the new words just kept piling up that I quit counting.

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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 fadimab 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.

This was my first book about books. At one time these filled the place now taken by science fiction stories of alien abductions. As an adult, she remembers their high scores, and which colleges her family “beat”. The book’s subtitle is, “Confess In the spirit of full disclosure, this book was selected for me as part of a Bossy Book Challenge. Topics Books The Observer.

Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader

The nod about books on books was lasting. Recommended to Madeleine by: She graduated in from Harvard College, where she began her writing career as the undergraduate columnist at Harvard Magazine. This is five times in the last nine months.