Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader

Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader

by Anne Fadiman
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Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
AllisonB More than 1 year ago
EX LIBRIS is collection of essays on the subject of owning books. It's the perfect gift for avid readers, or for anyone who knows Anne Fadiman's work, or who enjoys the personal essay form, or who cannot imagine a life without stacks of books on every horizontal surface.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ex libris is a slim volume of essays and commentary from an avid book reader and collector. Anne Fadiman ties her wonderful library so closely to her personal relationships that one could easily see her giving up the love of her life were he not as passionate a reader as she. She also offers wonderful snippets of commentary...how Sir Walter Scott was out one morning hunting, when a passage he had been creating suddenly completed itself in his head. He promptly shoots a blackbird, plucks out a feather, dips it in the birds blood, and captures the sentences. She discusses how the greatest act of trust in her marriage was the combining of her library with her husbands. How as a child, her family would argue over words and meanings, and, as an adult, how she would seek her fathers council when she came across words like 'adapertile' and 'kakodemon'. She discusses the merits of literature as food. And on, and on, always anchoring her prose by citing various beloved pieces of literature which might prove her point. This is a beautiful book with a strong message for all those who have ever been lost in the pages of a great novel, or perhaps, would like to be. It provides a map to the heart of good literature. It provides the heart as well....
Derrybookworm More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much, I bought copies for friends and relatives. They loved it so much, they bought copies for friends. Something this great has to be shared!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A slim book with 18 short essays on her love of reading & how it intertwines with her life. Her stories include from when she was a little girl through the present as a wife & mom.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anyone who has a lifelong love of book will see themselves reflected in this collection of essays. Anne Fadiman's humor and wit come through in each section. It was a quick read, and was well worth the time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am an avid reader, and I related to this book perfectly! I wish there was more to it, and that it was longer!!! I recommend it to EVERYONE!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Fadiman's book so much that I even got a book written by the author's mother. Ex Libris really brought me back into the book world after being busy with kids for so many years. Not having read nearly 10% as many books as Anne Fadiman, I miraculously shared a lot of the same feelings she has about her books,it's absolutely amazing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book that bibliophiles can connect with. No one can understand a bibliophile like another bibliophile. Highly recommend to all bibliophiles!
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Been in a books about books lately. This is one of them. Basically what I been reading so far, books with a book theme to it really. This was interesting, good but interesting.
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