‘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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There are two groups of people in this world. Ex Libris is an absolutely lovely book, which makes me feel privileged to be a bookworm. Prigs, pedants and pretentious elitists excluded, of course.
I, on the other hand, believe that books, maps, scissors and Scotch tape dispensers are all unreliable vagrants, likely to take off for parts unknown unless strictly confined to quarters. Confessions of a Common Reader at the library and immediately turned around. A book of essays about reading is certainly something I would never have chosen for myself, but I did try to keep an open mind.
I would be scurrying around in the kitchen with Mary Lamb – she and I would do the cooking. I prefer these over paper books since I can take my Ipod with me anywhere.
This essay also justifies my marginalia in green ink. It’s not as if any of the contained essays diverge from the wide range of topics allotted by literary pursuits intertwining with a single life. One of my favourite essay was “Never Do That to a Book”. 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.
Of course fadjman essays are better than others. She figures The Odyssey will take them six months. I mean, I think there’s a reason that the classic children’s book trope is a bookish child going through a bad home life or who doesn’t fit in at school. After reading Ex LibrisI’m not so sure.
And you might have come to love wine later in life too, but you had to come at it from a reeeeeally different angle. Jul 01, Cheryl rated it it was amazing Shelves: The nod about books on books was lasting.
Fadiman has stoked my well-developed sense of insecurity she has, after all, learned how to properly say liibris polloi at age ten, for crying out loud. In her book, Ms. Published November 25th by Farrar Straus Giroux first published Such a notion is still a privilege of the used book repository.
Also, I never expected my interests should follow some general pattern or show consistency with one another. If you’re wondering what there is to like about this book, it’s this: I have never read two sexier sentences.
Anne Fadiman 7 24 Jul 29, Such statements are of a piece with her heritage. If you can read one-a-day, that might be a better alternative.
I don’t know how many times I’ve read this collection of fsdiman about the love of books, but it has been many. Paperbackpages. I very much admire the chronological placement of essays too; with the exception of the final two, which have been afdiman to improve the flow of the piece, all are presented in the order in which Fadiman wrote them. Confessions of a Common Reader and I were destined for each other.
There is a bonus reading list on books about books in Recommended Readingand I am happy to note that I actually own a copy of one of the books listed. Those children do not see their parents reading, as I did every day of my childhood. She graduated in from Harvard College, where she began her writing career as the undergraduate columnist at Harvard Magazine.
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