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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This one has amne narration by Suzanne Toren. If you’re not sold on it already, one of the chapters is dedicated to books and food, and the author revealed some gluttonous excerpts.

Not having a whole lot of friends in “real-life” who are book-lovers like myself, makes this website and books like this almost a necessity. Like most people with a high faximan for clutter, George maintains a basic trust in three-dimensional objects.

Sometimes she is overcome by twee. 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. Confessions of a Common Readera collection of essays by Anne Fadiman Ex Libris gamea party game Ex Libris Groupan Israeli software company that sells library automation software Exlibris music labelsubsidiary of Danish publisher Gyldendal.

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 annne 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 editing of the errors around us: And therefore, like Beecher, who believed the temptations of drink were paltry compared with the temptations of books, I am weak.

Is that the pedigree of a common reader?

And you might have come to love wine later in life too, but you had to come at it from a reeeeeally different angle. In The Joy of Sesquipedaliansthe author shares what it is like growing up with a bookish family. When he told his children stories, they were bibliomanic. Confessions of a Common Reader at the library and immediately turned around. My defense went like this: He reads for his own pleasure rather than to impart knowledge or correct the opinions of others.

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.


Our English collection spanned six centuries, and to shelve it chronologically would allow us to watch the broad sweep of literature unfold before our very eyes. It reminds us that we’re slowly losing so many beautiful words. Who but an Englishman, Lieutenant William Edward Parry, would have decided, on reaching western Greenland, to wave a flag painted with an olive branch in order to ensure a peaceful first encounter with the polar Eskimos, who not only had never seen an olive branch but had never seen a tree?

Will we divvy up or donate her thousands of mysteries? These men may have been incompetent bunglers, but, by God, they were gentlemen. This book is a perfect gift for anyone who enjoys reading, books, and language. The first are erotically aroused by eating voluptuous, dripping fruits and having the fruity, pulpy juices trickle down their chins.

‘Ex Libris’: To the Bookshelf Born

I was having a bit of a rereading kick during September largely due to the fact that my TBR shelves were almost exhaustedand decided to pick up Anne Fadiman’s charming little volume of essays, Ex Libris: Long words, odd choices in reading, writing utensils, secondhand books, and so much more; all familiar, especially the feminist section regarding the nane word usage devoted to the ‘everyman’ and all the thought patterns spawned from it.

We found instantaneous common ground by confiding early on that we both regarded it as a monumental moment, indeed — with an eye cast far more optimistically toward the future than a mere marriage proposal, infinitely more demonstrative of a trust we’d only felt for one person that we proclaimed it before a roomful of witnesses, embracing a humbling but welcome vulnerability light years beyond that first appearance of the two-backed beast — when we allowed the person we’ve vowed to love and support until both of our bodies have expired to combine their personal libraries with our own lovingly tended but fiercely guarded treasure trove of tomes, that vadiman allow such a commingling of the closest we’ll ever come to an outward manifestation of our personalities’ truest forms with another’s is the very definition of the hard-won but popularly cliched and carelessly bandied-about designation of “soulmate.

I have recently just started exploring Charles Dickens and knew that he did public readings of his works, but did not realize that faduman were theatrical readings as Ms. If he wants something, he believes it will present itself, and therefore it usually does.


I thought I was the only one! 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.

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There are 18 essays, all of which are related to books and you and me, the people who sx them. Now I feel we are too busy not to read him. For all those admirers of my ‘prolix’ prose, that one’s for you. They had lived togeth This tiny fadimzn is an absolute gem!!! Fadiman hit the nail on the head with my biggest bookish fantasy reading books in the places they describe.


I have seriously contemplated placing bookshelves on all available walls at home and make it a priority project because of The P. She also celebrates the bookishness of books. While it isn’t unusual for people at my work to pass prematurely, there has been a statistical glut in my family where people live beyond the norm and have now passed in quick succession.

Confessions of a Common Readera collection of first-person essays on books and reading, was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in Her essay, Eternal Inkmakes me want to discover the joy of writing using a proper pen the kind with the nib and indigo black ink and thus rescue the dying art of handwriting.

Fadiman begins with the essay Marrying Libraries because it sets the tone for the rest of the book.

I enjoyed some of the essays, like the ones on plagiarism “Nothing New Under the Sun” and the Fadiman family’s anal proofreading habits, which I share.

There are far too many favourite lines to be reproduced but I’d like to just quote one, which in all fairness will affirm the author’s love for books- “These beautiful volumes have fadimwn published inand not a single person had read them.

Walking out, I was overcome with concern about my sister’s family and choosing not to dwell on such, I went annne to a charity shop where I found Ex Libris waiting for me.

A chapter is beautifully dedicated to second hand books and second hand bookstores.