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Book Title: At Large and at Small: Confessions of a Literary Hedonist|
The author of the book: Anne Fadiman
Edition: Penguin Books
Date of issue: 2008
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ISBN 13: 9780141033990
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So, last week I went out for sushi with my parents. I had just read the essay from this collection where Fadiman talks about being a night owl; my mom is a major night owl, so, thinking she'd appreciate it, I recommended the book to her. Turns out she knows Fadiman: they went to Harvard together, lived in Dunster House together, used to fly back on the same planes from Boston to where they lived in L.A. My mom wrinkled her nose as she told me this. She and Anne were not bestest buddies, apparently: "She was so pretentious," my mom said. "We had nothing at all in common." Um.
1. Night owls.
2. Lived in L.A.
3. Went to Harvard.
4. Lived in Dunster House.
5. Chilled food by leaving it out on the windowsill (my mom's told me for years that she used to do this with various Sara Lee cakes, and Fadiman mentions the technique in one of her essays).
6. At another time, lived in New York.
7. Fathers were writers.
8. Grew up to be writers.
10. Fadiman named her daughter Susannah; my mom named her daughter...something very similar to Susannah.
11. Both aware that Lincoln had a secretary named Kennedy and Kennedy had a secretary named Lincoln!
I rest my case.
As for the book—I was kind of weirded out the rest of the time I was reading it, but it was still really good. This may be because Fadiman reminds me of my mom, but if so, neither of them needs to know that.
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Read information about the authorAnne Fadiman, the daughter of Annalee Whitmore Jacoby Fadiman, a screenwriter and foreign correspondent, and Clifton Fadiman, an essayist and critic, was born in New York City in 1953. She graduated in 1975 from Harvard College, where she began her writing career as the undergraduate columnist at Harvard Magazine. For many years, she was a writer and columnist for Life, and later an Editor-at-Large at Civilization. She has won National Magazine Awards for both Reporting (1987) and Essays (2003), as well as a National Book Critics Circle Award for The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down. George Howe Colt, and their two children.