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The Books: Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader, ‘The P.M.’s Empire of Books’, by Anne Fadiman

On the essays shelf: Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader, by Anne Fadiman What a strangely moving and illuminating essay. It’s really about how to organize your book collection, in a way that does not overwhelm your environs – … Continue reading

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The Books: Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader, ‘My Ancestral Castles’, by Anne Fadiman

On the essays shelf: Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader, by Anne Fadiman This essay really hits home for me. It hit home when I first read it (I grew up surrounded by books), but especially now, when my … Continue reading

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The Books: Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader, ‘The His’er Problem’, by Anne Fadiman

On the essays shelf: Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader, by Anne Fadiman This essay, charming and funny as it is (it has the funniest line in the entire collection), is an important discussion about gender parity in language, … Continue reading

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The Books: Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader, ‘You Are There’, by Anne Fadiman

On the essays shelf: Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader, by Anne Fadiman Ex Libris, by Anne Fadiman, is a book about reading, for readers. Serious readers. People who have an opinion about whether or not is morally correct … Continue reading

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The Books: Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader, ‘Words On a Flyleaf’, by Anne Fadiman

On the essays shelf: Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader, by Anne Fadiman Along with marginalia, I am also a bit obsessed with book inscriptions. (No surprise then that this is one of my favorite sites on the net.) … Continue reading

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The Books: Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader, ‘Scorn Not the Sonnet’, by Anne Fadiman

On the essays shelf: Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader, by Anne Fadiman I haven’t read Anne Fadiman’s book in a long time. It’s a bit radio-active with my father, and so I am glad that I own it … Continue reading

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The Books: Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader, ‘My Odd Shelf’, by Anne Fadiman

On the essays shelf: Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader, by Anne Fadiman I have an “Odd Shelf” too. Or I have a couple of “Odd Shelves”: books on topics that seem to have nothing to do with the … Continue reading

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The Books: Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader, ‘Marrying Libraries’, by Anne Fadiman

On the essays shelf: Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader, by Anne Fadiman This slim volume has great sentimental value to me, and to my family. My father introduced us to it, and gave it to us all as … Continue reading

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