‘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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I knew this to be an undeniable truth simply from a mutual friend’s appropriately glowing review that gave rise to the heartening pang reserved for the flash of recognition in spotting a kindred spirit from a distance that may be easily conquered but lengthened intolerably by the inconvenient fact that we’d not been properly fadimn yet thanks for playing matchmaker, Steve!

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Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader

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. What a bunch of captious, carping, pettifogging little busybodies! Just a couple weeks ago, a great review of this book popped up on my update feed, Ah, the magic of Goodreads so when I spotted it at a booksale I went to last week for a dollar, I grabbed it quick. In my head, of course.

We knew that we were about the enjoy the rare bliss of a fast friendship and flowing conversation buoyed by quiet but doggedly personality-defining quirks. When they weren’t collecting, they would indulge their taste in ice-cream, favouring bowls of Baskin-Robbins’ Chocolate Mint ‘which we bought by the half gallon and excavated with a spade large enough to dig a grave’.

In the spirit of full disclosure, this book was selected for me as part of a Bossy Book Challenge. For summary purposes, I will put it in terms of disliking something based on not being able to empathize with the characters, a judgment that I usually don’t hold by but am apparently substantially affected by when it comes to more autobiographical works.


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

Who else could compose a sentence such as, ‘I decided that anyone who used the word whiffling deserved further investigation’? Like most people with a high tolerance for clutter, George maintains a basic trust in three-dimensional objects. fafiman

EX LIBRIS by Anne Fadiman | Kirkus Reviews

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. The book’s subtitle is, “Confessions of a Common Reader”, but the word “common” is apparently intended to mean “wealthy and privileged”, “having a classical literature degree” and “being part of an elite literary circle”. Preview — Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman. There are two groups of people in this world. All addicts need apply here.

Jun 10, Lobstergirl rated it liked it Shelves: It describes the ethereal beauty of reading a book at the place where it is set. Very aptly titled ‘Marrying Libraries. Jul 28, Jason Pettus rated it really liked it. One of my favorite pieces was “Marrying Libraries,” which was when Anne and her husband, George, decided to combine their book collections: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman.

‘Ex Libris’: To the Bookshelf Born

In Scorn Not the SonnetMs. My GR addiction has reached the point where if this site was suddenly not available, I don’t know what I would do. 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 lovers 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 ed This book was WAAY too much fun.

Would she have gotten a summer job interview as a year-old with Wallace Shawn at the New Yorker? 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. And you might have come to love wine later in life too, but you had to come at it from a reeeeeally different angle.


It is their content not their matter that interests me! I would be scurrying around in the kitchen with Mary Lamb – she and I would do the cooking.

Try writing an original piece as a tribute, maybe?

What else should one expect from distilled magazine pieces? I confess that when this story was told, everyone around the dinner table concurred that justice had been served. Above all, he is guided by an instinct to create for himself, out of whatever odds and ends he can come by, some kind of whole.

Fadiman hit the nail on the head with my biggest bookish fantasy reading fadian in the places they describe. Like you appreciate their passion, but you can’t help feeling like their ability to have this relationship to wine gadiman from a fundamental place of privilege. The Orations of St Gregory Nazianzen are wonderful, as are the letters he and St Basil exchanged as young men fresh out school in Athens.

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. Her mother keeps hundreds of newspaper clippings of grammatical errors, intending to mail them in to the paper one day.

It went down soft, pulpy, slushy, oozy – all its delicious embonpoint melted down my throat like a large Beatified strawberry. Feb 23, JSou rated it really liked it Shelves: It has become familiar.

Fadiman attempts to create her own kind of whole. 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 was given this answer when I used to question why do we use mankind lobris not humankind.