‘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’: To the Bookshelf Born

I think her writing would be better for it. Sep 21, Lena rated it really liked it Shelves: Anyone who considers him- or herself a bibliophile. May 14, Diane rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.

It felt so chummy to hear Anne’s discussion of her love of books both fadoman and tactile!

To ask other readers questions about Ex Librisplease sign up. Finally, she finds it: The nod about books anme books was lasting. Cheerleaders, of whatever stripe, for this passion, must always be welcomed, for they are truly doing God’s work or at least the closest thing to it.

And that presents a problem with Anne Fadiman’s essay collection Ex Libris: I confess that Ms. In my head, of course.


View all 17 comments. I would have loved to know the Fadimans. I find it wise nonetheless that Ms.

Jul 01, Cheryl rated it it was amazing Shelves: All of these essays show 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. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. May 10, Madeleine rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Like you appreciate their passion, but you can’t help fadimsn like their ability to have this relationship to wine comes from a fundamental place of privilege.

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 of language, fadimzn tend not to revere such things as librjs objects except in truly fadiamn circumstances, like first editions and small-run art books and the like.

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. For summary purposes, I will put it in terms of disliking fadimsn 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.

In “Marrying Libraries”, she and her husband embark on merging their libraries. Recently she has successfully battled breast cancer, and still writes as she pleases, on butterflies and insomnia, on her favourite topic, Antarctic explorers, and on English writers such as Coleridge, Carroll and Lamb.


Reading them produces in me the sort of unease I feel when watching Libeis movies about Hollywood.

Two of my libros salient characteristics- reading and eating. Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman. I’ve always loved books, and admit that since joining Goodreads my obsession has increased a thousand fold. The discussion on how people treat their paper books is one I often see on GoodReads ie Are you a “courtly” or a “carnal” reader?

Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader

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.

They had lived together for six years, been married for five. Without reading the dust jacket, I added the book to my pile. I find myself telling Ms.

Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman

These men may have been incompetent bunglers, but, by God, they were gentlemen. The way this woman talked about livris felt like the way wine connosieurs talk about wine.

More than anything, though, I take umbrage with the subtitle.