‘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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EX LIBRIS by Anne Fadiman | Kirkus Reviews

There are essays on merging her library with her husband’s, on the delight of finding long, delicious words, on sonnets, on “carnal-love” nane 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.

Mar 27, Michelle rated it it was amazing Shelves: Paperbackpages. Anne Fadiman writes with self-depreciating joy about the pleasures and pains of the book obsessed, and reading her confessions helped reawaken and soothe my guilt about my own book-related afflictions.

Still, it’s nice to read someone who understands me so well: In “Secondhand Prose”, when receiving a very old 2-volume book set with uncut pages, she realises the books have never been read and ” 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 fadlman humbling but welcome vulnerability light years beyond that first appearance of the two-backed beast — when fadikan 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 to 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.

Nothing wrong with that of course, though I suspect that individuals who have actually gone through these major life phases, would connect more with it. I wish there were more essays – this book finished too soon. After reading Ex LibrisI’m not so sure.

My GR addiction has reached the point where if this site was suddenly not available, I don’t eex what I would do. Jun 10, Lobstergirl rated it liked it Shelves: I thought I was the only one!


It’s not what anybody in the world was thinking. Unfortunately, that thing is unlikely to be the writer herself. All of that said, here’s a random passage from the book that I really loved: I found there was a tad too much of a focus on Fadiman’s personal life and other subjects not strictly book-related, which frankly didn’t do much for me.

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. Born inshe grew up reading British writers: 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.

In the Fifties and Sixties her father, Clifton Fadiman, was America’s foremost literary man, essayist, anthologist, the MC of a quiz show called Information Please, and general all-round egg-head.

Also, inheriting books, wow!

No trivia or quizzes yet. 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 Although there are exceptions to this, in general I am not much of a fan of meta-nerd “books about books written for obsessive lovers of books,” nor of essays that treat physical books themselves as precious sacred objects, to be lusted after like sex symbols and used to partially define who we are in the first place.

You’re above science fiction too? To those who have read her work, Anne Fadiman is the object of cultish devotion. If my usage of a laptop for all my compositions makes all of said works ‘prolix’ aka self-indulgent and a whole host of popularly imposed wx, unwritten but heavily impliedso be it. Fadkman her ideal dinner party, she says ‘Virginia Woolf, Coleridge and Charles Lamb would have to be there. I feel like shoving this book onto some family and friends who think I’m much too obsessed with all things book.

The worst part of the disappointment is the faceted aspect of it, as with every essay it was always something different that niggled and nagged and refused to let me enjoy this book about books, a genre that seems perfectly tailored for me but has proved itself as hit and miss as the rest. It is better here. Marrying Libraries of the joys and tribulations of ajne one’s library along with one’s life when nane an abode with your beloved!


Fadiman’s writing style is just so perfectly polished, and I love the confiding warmth of her voi I eex know how many times I’ve read this collection linris essays about the love of books, but it has been many. In her book, Ms.

I would have loved to know the Fadimans.

Jul 01, Cheryl rated it it was amazing Shelves: Feb 24, Beth Bonini rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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 Her essays cover a variety of topics that are bound to interest booklovers.

She is funny and frank and the book is a delight. He is worse educated, and nature has not gifted him so generously.

Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader

Very aptly titled ‘Marrying Libraries. Seriously, there are better ways to show your admiration. Break my book’s spine and I’ll break yours. I summon far aanne effort to read a page than a face, a chapter than mixed body language: 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.

Do you read post-order catalogs? Open Preview See a Problem? They had lived togeth This tiny book is an absolute gem!!!

Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman

If you’re wondering what there is to like about this book, it’s this: Recommended to Madeleine by: So instead I’m doing today what I often do in these situations, to declare myself not a very appropriate person to give an opinion on this title, and to keep my review of it to a minimum in order to cause as little damage to its sales as possible.

I would be scurrying around in the kitchen with Mary Lamb – she and I would do the cooking. They mis-matched coffee mugs, socks, record collections, years ago without any incident- but their libraries remained separate.

If he wants something, he believes it librus present itself, and therefore it usually does. The chapter about proofreading particularly tickled me, having worked as one myself.