At Large and At Small: Familiar Essays
In At Large and At Small, Anne Fadiman returns to one of her favorite genres, the familiar essay—a beloved and hallowed literary tradition recognized for both its intellectual breadth and its miniaturist focus on everyday experiences. With the combination of humor and erudition that has distinguished her as one of our finest essayists, Fadiman draws us into twelve of her personal obsessions: from her slightly sinister childhood enthusiasm for catching butterflies to her monumental crush on Charles Lamb, from her wistfulness for the days of letter-writing to the challenges and rewards of moving from the city to the country.
Many of these essays were composed "under the influence" of the subject at hand. Fadiman ingests a shocking amount of ice cream and divulges her passion for Häagen-Dazs Chocolate Chocolate Chip and her brother's homemade Liquid Nitrogen Kahlúa Coffee (recipe included); she sustains a terrific caffeine buzz while recounting Balzac's coffee addiction; and she stays up till dawn to write about being a night owl, examining the rhythms of our circadian clocks and sharing such insomnia cures as her father's nocturnal word games and Lewis Carroll's mathematical puzzles. At Large and At Small is a brilliant and delightful collection of essays that harkens a revival of a long-cherished genre.
What people are saying - Write a review
assigned readingUser Review - cookingatsnhu - Overstock.com
I read this as an assignment for school. But I must say that I loved the flow and style of the author. Highly recommended for others to read and cant wait to get my hands on more of this authors work. Read full review
At large and at small: familiar essaysUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
In her wonderful and aptly titled second essay collection (afterEx Libris ), Fadiman explains the categorization of "familiar essay" as being equal parts heart and brain; familiar essays are ... Read full review