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Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader

A book for bookworms: Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader‘s 18 stylish, dryly humorous essays culled from Anne Fadiman’s Civilization columns pay tribute to the joys of reading, the delights of language, and the quirks (yes, there are a few) of fellow bibliophiles. To wit: Fadiman elucidates ”carnal” versus ”courtly” lovers of books (the book splayers, dog earers, and underliners versus the people who shudder over such habits), her eccentric family’s addiction to sesquipedalians (that big word for ”big words”), and her furtive passion for flossy mail-order-catalog prose. Treatises on favorite pens and compulsive proofreading fill out this charmingly uncommon miscellany on literary love. A-

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