Ex Libris

Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman, 5/5

This is a charming collection of book-themed essays, written with delightful wit and insight.  The essay on proofreading, which opened with Fadiman’s family gleefully pointing out typos in a fancy restaurant’s menu, was my favourite.  Overall, the collection provided a welcome check to my exuberant ego since, smothered in the society of undiscerning devourers of cheap romances and bad fantasy, I tend to forget that there exist many readers who are better than I am (by which I mean, who read and retain more than I could ever hope to).

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