"A terrifically entertaining collection of personal essays about books . . . Heartening, tender, wise, and hilarious."—Patsy Baudoin, The Boston Book Review
"In the literary Eden that forms Anne Fadiman's life, the air remains pure allusion, the marginalia flows, and the only snake in the grass is a typo."—Renee Tursi, The New York Times Book Review
"Each essay is a model of clarity and lightly worn erudition, and speaks volumes about the author’s appreciation for people as well as books."—The New Yorker
"A smart little book that one can welcome into the family and allow to start growing old.”—Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times
"A lovely collection of essays on a family's love affair with books and words, a passion passed from her parents to her children."—Bob Minzesheimer, USA Today
Revisiting the Backlist: Marrying Libraries | Book Keeping
A few months ago, my husband and I decided to mix our books together. We had known each other for ten years, lived together for six, been married for five. Our mismatched coffee mugs cohabited amiably; we wore each other's T-shirts and, in a pinch, socks; and our record collection had long ago miscegenated without an incident.... But our libraries had remained separate.