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Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader


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 1974 Toyota Corolla manual because it was the only thing in her apartment that she had not read at least twice. "Ex Libris" wittily recounts a lifelong obsession with books. Writing with humour and erudition she moves easily from anecdotes about Coleridge and Orwell to tales of her own pathologically literary family. 'One of the most delightful volumes to have come across my desk in a long while...witty, enchanting and supremely well-written' - Robert McCrum, "Observer". Hide synopsis

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Frank C

Small but perfectly formed

by Frank C on May 10, 2012

Though the 'familiar essay' as practised by Lamb and Hazlitt is possibly in its death-throes, Anne Fadiman sees it as her mission to rescue the genre from total extinction - and she does so with warmth, wit and style. I cannot recommend this - and her other books of short essays - too highly.



by bookswallower on Dec 20, 2008

A delightful volume - for the unashamed book lover !! And makes a charming gift for a friend. This is the sort of book that every book lover, who feels that they could never write like a "real author", realises that this is the book that they would have written - if only they could !!

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