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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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Refresh and try again. In “Marrying Libraries”, she and her husband embark on merging their libraries.

If I don’t buy the book now, I may never have another chance. Lirbis always loved books, and admit that since joining Goodreads my obsession has increased a thousand fold. No trivia or quizzes yet.

I have recently just started exploring Charles Dickens and knew that he did public readings of his works, but did not realize that these were theatrical readings as Ms. View all 7 comments. She figures The Odyssey will take them six months.

But, I ended up not really connecting with it. It’s a silly thing to be bothered about, I know, but warm familiarity is chilled ever so quickly by gate-keeping, no matter how subtle or unintentional.

She grew up watching college quiz shows with her family, playing as a team against the teams on tv, using the chair arms as buzzers. I know we’ll meet again and, that when we do, my pettiness will have long ago been overshadowed by fond memories of a soul-baring heart-to-heart that is worth the dozens of instances of painfully insipid chatter I suffered through to find it. It is their content not their matter that interests me!

Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader

She loves email, delights in Googling information for her essays, but insists that, if the future of ec written word is obscure, the prospects for print are good. You’ve spent an entire chapter boring me stupid with anecdotes about your reading of European mail order catalogues and now you’re dismissing science fiction as “junk”?


One of my favorite pieces was “Marrying Libraries,” which was when Anne and her husband, George, decided to combine their book collections: Never Do That to 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 ].

In college I took a couple of classes that taught me I would never be a novelist. Aug 11, Ycel rated it it was amazing Shelves: Try writing an original piece as a tribute, maybe?

To those who have read her work, Anne Fadiman is the object of cultish devotion. Ever deliver a monologue on French deconstructionist theory simply from an innocuous statement like, “I heard they’re making a new movie out of Tintin?

The Catalogical Imperitave ah, the joys of reading mail order catalogs! Ever chide a complete stranger for setting a book down open-faced? Fadiman often comes across as pretentious and elitist. Confessions of a Common Readera collection of first-person essays on books and reading, was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in lbiris Talking of Pleasure, this moment I was writing with one hand, and with the other holding to my Mouth a Nectarine – good God how fine.

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. My bookshelves are ann organized at all, so the volumes that might inhabit an odd shelf are scattered to the four corners of the house.

Oct 12, Jacob rated it it was amazing Shelves: Mar 27, Michelle rated it it was amazing Shelves: I finished this book on my flight home from Florida and it provided me with great pleasure amidst my great dislike of flying.

EX LIBRIS by Anne Fadiman | Kirkus Reviews

These words are sometimes too arcane that even MS Word and the standard dictionary do not recognize them one of the Google librie insisted that calineries is not a valid Scrabble word. In these essays, originally published in Civilization magazine, Fadiman shares her love and life of books and the written word. 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.


Her mother keeps hundreds of newspaper clippings of grammatical errors, intending to mail them in to the paper one day. Many thanks to LisaVegan for this treasure of a gift!!! Forgoing the polite formalities of aimless small talk that I’ve never had llibris use for, we quickly discovered our kinship by way of unabashed conversation girded with the intimate admissions that are usually divulged to the friends whose loyalty was built on years of shared experiences: I’d like to see that reflected on our shelves.

Count me among the latter.

Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman

What else should one expect from distilled magazine pieces? Alas, all good fariman must come to an end and, as we blinked with disbelief into the light of a new day, we realized that our electrifying and animated first meeting was rushing toward its inevitable denouement.

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 ann 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. Long words, odd choices in reading, writing utensils, secondhand books, and so much more; all familiar, especially the feminist section regarding the rampant word usage devoted librjs the ‘everyman’ and all the thought patterns spawned from it.

This book is a perfect gift for anyone who enjoys reading, books, and language.