Ex Libris

Ex Libris : Confessions of a Common Reader

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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".

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Product details

  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 112 x 182 x 12mm | 100g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0140283706
  • 9780140283709
  • 37,042

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A confessional from the daughter of a pathologically literary family, once reduced to poring over a 1974 Toyota Corolla manual because she'd read everything else at home at least twice. Essential reading for the serious book-lover. (Kirkus UK)

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About Anne Fadiman

Anne Fadiman is editor of The American Scholar and an award-winning journalist. Her first book, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down won the US National Book Critics Circle Award for Non-Fiction. She lives in New York City.

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