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Confessions of A Common Reader

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A collection of essays that recounts a lifelong love of books and language. Writing with humour, Fadiman moves from anecdotes about Coleridge and Orwell to tales of her own literary family.
Published: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780713993158
0713993154
9780374148607
0374148600
Branch Call Number: 814.54 FAD
Characteristics: xi, 162 p. ;,20 cm.

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wyenotgo
May 02, 2017

A thoroughly delightful set of eighteen essays about books: Our relationships with them, their influence upon our lives, the part they play in our relationships with our loved ones. The sensual pleasure of searching them out, acquiring them, carrying them home for adoption and the ways in which they occupy our homes our passions and the hours and days of our lives.

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flowerwithi
Jul 28, 2015

just wonderful reading on reading--how meta!

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hmcgivney
Mar 02, 2014

These essays are not only about some of my very favorite topics (books! reading!), but they are well written, amusing, interesting, and enlightening. Fadiman writes charmingly about blended bookshelves, the ways that we love books (I'm definitely a courtly lover, and all of those people who write in the margins are barbarians, in my opinion), sesquipedalianism, and other delightful topics. I feel like I've sat down with a friend and she's told me all sorts of stories about her reading life. And perhaps that's the best way that I can describe how I feel about this book: in writing it, Fadiman has made me her friend.

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Mimble
Aug 10, 2011

I picked this up on a whim, and was glad I did! The essays are well written and speak directly to the heart of any book lover (carnal or courtly!) and, I learned of some new books that might be interesting to read as well.

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AJ_in_CoMo
Mar 21, 2011

A great book of essays about loving books - reading them and keeping them. Is it okay to bend pages and write in margins? How should married couples organize their collections? New books in bright bookstores or old volumes in dusty bookshops? I enjoyed nearly all of these essays (except the overly-footnoted one, which was supposed to be witty but just gave me vertigo).

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cartar
Jan 28, 2011

A book about loving books. Very well written and a delight to read.

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cfchiasson
Oct 22, 2009

A great set of essays for voracious readers everywhere, who will likely find something of themselves in at least one of the selections, if not more.

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kalio
Jul 13, 2009

Anne Fadiman is a column writer, a journal editor, and an award-winning author. She?s also a life-long reader, and that means more than all her other scholarly accomplishments in this collection of her eighteen essays that pay tribute to the love of books and reading. Fadiman writes about how you?re not really married to someone until you combine book collections. She muses on how reading the same book at different points in your life can change what the book means to you. She goes into raptures over secondhand bookstores and lovingly critiques the best (and worst) inscriptions people write when they?re giving books to others. She chronicles the difficulties of being both a lover of sesquipedalians (long words) and an obsessive-compulsive proofreader. Fadiman is intelligent and passionate about books and her essays are written with a graceful elegance of style that will charm every kind of reader under the sun. In Fadiman?s hands, reading becomes an art that is to be honed and nurtured over a lifetime. Fadiman?s life is healthier, richer, funnier, and more rewarding because of her love of books, and that about sums it up for all us bookworms out there.

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