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Over the course of 18 charming essays Fadiman ranges from the "odd shelf" ("a small, mysterious corpus of volumes whose subject matter is completely unrelated to the rest of the library, yet which, upon closer inspection reveals a good deal about its owner") to plagiarism ("the more I've read about plagiarism, the more I've come to think that literature is one big recycling bin") to the pleasures of reading aloud ("When you read silently, only the writer performs. When you read aloud, the performance is collaborative"). Fadiman delivers these essays with the expectation that her readers will love and appreciate good books and the power of language as much as she does. Indeed, reading Ex Libris is likely to bring up warm memories of old favorites and a powerful urge to revisit one's own "odd shelf" pronto. --Alix Wilber --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Good book, not as good as I was hoping but readable. I think it was a pretty good read, but not one I would ever read again.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book was a gift. I hope the recipient enjoyed it as much as I did when I read it years ago
(it had been given to me by a school friend and fellow avid reader). Read more
This collection of essays about books and reading is delightful. The author takes books seriously, but doesn't take herself too seriously, which makes this book a great deal of fun... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tungsten Hippo
I am vacillating between calling Anne Fadiman's EX-LIBRIS 'profoundly delightful' or 'delightfully profound,' but what the hell - it's both. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Timothy J. Bazzett
I expected more after reading the reviews at Amazon. Not so great book. Mostly about her family and their issues with books. Tries to be clever and humorous, but fails. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Antonia S. Gammage
If you can overlook the self-indulgent name dropping and privileged attitude, this book is really a nice little exploration of books and reading. Read morePublished 8 months ago by P. Coz
Very clever writing, and I also learned a lot of new words I had never heard before! Not the kind of book I would ordinarily choose but I read it for my book club and really... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Dianne Snell
A woman after my heart, with stories I love to share with my proof-reader anal-retentive friends.
A comfortable book to slip in a jacket pocket.
A couple of chapters are dispensable (e.g. the one about building an extremely dense library, with shelf measurements, etc.) but each of the other chapters are little masterpieces. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Manu Cornet