I walked past anne fadimans ex libris confessions of a common reader at the library and immediately turned around without reading the dust jacket i added the book to my pile without reading the dust jacket i added the book to my pile. Ex libris confessions of a common reader anne fadiman on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers anne fadiman is by her own admission the sort of person who learned about sex from her fathers copy of fanny hill. There is even a foray into pure literary gluttony charles lamb liked buttered muffin crumbs between the leaves and fadiman knows of more than one reader who literally consumes page corners perfectly balanced between humor and erudition ex libris establishes fadiman as one of our finest contemporary essayists. 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. Anne fadiman is the author of the spirit catches you and you fall down winner of a national book critics circle award an la times book prize and a salon book award she is also the author of the essay collection at large and at small and the editor of rereadings seventeen writers revisit books they loveher essays and articles have appeared in harpers the new yorker and the new york
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