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Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman
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Aug 26, 2008

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bookshelves: books-about-books, autobiography-memoirs, 2008
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First of all, this book is definitely mistitled--- Anne Fadiman is anything but a "common" reader! Her parents were both extremely well-read, published authors, and from the time she was young, she was "quizzed" on quotes from classic books, and rewarded for discovering the longest word she could find. In fact, she has a chapter on being a "sesquipedalian" - a word I learned that means, "given to using long words"... and every chapter had many! Lucky for me, someone who checked this out of the library before me looked many of them up and penciled the meanings above them on the page!
But I love to read what people have to say about their love of reading, and I did enjoy what she had to say in that regard. And I must admit, I got a chuckle out of a few of her chapters. However, much of it was a bit over the top for me, and little too academic and high-brow for my personal tastes...

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Anne Fadiman
“My daughter is seven, and some of the other second-grade parents complain that their children don't read for pleasure. When I visit their homes, the children's rooms are crammed with expensive books, but the parent's rooms are empty. Those children do not see their parents reading, as I did every day of my childhood. By contrast, when I walk into an apartment with books on the shelves, books on the bedside tables, books on the floor, and books on the toilet tank, then I know what I would see if I opened the door that says 'PRIVATE--GROWNUPS KEEP OUT': a child sprawled on the bed, reading.”
Anne Fadiman, Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader

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