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by Anne Fadiman
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Climbing Mount TBR
Climbing Mount TBR rated it 3 years ago
Love a book on books.
Murder by Death
Murder by Death rated it 5 years ago
I loved this from first word to last. A collection of essays first published in Civilization, each about some facet of the love of books or the written word. Her first essay, Marrying Libraries started the collection off on a high note with me; after 10 years together, I still can't quite embrace...
Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it 7 years ago
So Weird Al needs to dedicate his song “Word Crimes” to the Fadiman family, and I really want to met Fadiman and her husband George. (I swear, if I find they are divorced, I will sob uncontrollably for a minute). I picked this up at one of those really cheap book stores. You know t...
O! what Man will do fore a Rime!
O! what Man will do fore a Rime! rated it 8 years ago
We had been married in this loft, in full view of our mutually quarantined Melvilles. Promising to love each other for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health -- even promising to forsake all others -- had been no problem, but it was a good thing the Book of Common Prayer didn't say anything...
tinasimms
tinasimms rated it 9 years ago
First of all, after finishing this book, I feel like an idiot. Fadiman is not only a better reader than I am but she is also a vocabulary genius. In this memoir of essays--told through literary adventures and personal insights--Fadiman details her husband and her shared library system, her family's ...
Chrissie's Books
Chrissie's Books rated it 9 years ago
This book is primarily a book of humor. There are 18 essays, all of which are related to books and you and me, the people who read them. It is a book about us! Of course some essays are better than others. The majority had me laughing, but not all. How do you organize your library? Are you a courtly...
Cheryl's books
Cheryl's books rated it 9 years ago
This is a delightful slim book, a collection of personal essays about her love of reading. In "Marrying Libraries", she and her husband embark on merging their libraries. "After five years of marriage and a child, George and I finally resolved that we were ready for the more profound intimacy of l...
Bloody Shambles
Bloody Shambles rated it 9 years ago
In the spirit of full disclosure, this book was selected for me as part of a Bossy Book Challenge. A book of essays about reading is certainly something I would never have chosen for myself, but I did try to keep an open mind..I understand why people like this book. The writer obviously truly loves ...
Itinerant Librarian on Books
Itinerant Librarian on Books rated it 10 years ago
A nice little collection of essays on books and reading and those who enjoy them. It is the kind of book you want to read in bed, or maybe sit in a nice, comfy armchair with a cup of your favorite hot brew. If you like reading books about reading, or you enjoy reading light essays, this is a good bo...
UNICORN PORN FOR ALL
UNICORN PORN FOR ALL rated it 10 years ago
You had me at "learned about sex from Fanny Hill."
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