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A quote from J.Salinger's Zooey:

A cordon of waist-high bookcases lined three walls, their shelves cram-jammed and literally sagging with books—children's books, textbooks, secondhand books, Book Club books, plus an even more heterogeneous overflow from less communal "annexes" of the apartment. ("Dracula" now stood next to "Elementary Pali," "The Boy Allies at the Somme" stood next to "Bolts of Melody," "The Scarab Murder Case" and "The Idiot" were together, "Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase" lay on top of "Fear and Trembling.")

What could he refer to as "less communal annexes of the apartment"?

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    less communal means less shared by the public, of or relating to a community. An annex is a building added on to a larger one or an auxiliary building situated near a main one, or a smaller structure added on, such as a wing. Dec 28, 2013 at 6:44
  • @Susan: so he probably referred to books gathered from individual rooms of the apartment, i.e. reflecting individual tastes? Dec 28, 2013 at 7:27
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    That's exactly right! Dec 28, 2013 at 8:22

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“Less communal” means less “shared by the people of a community”; less “public”.

An annex is “a building added on to a larger one[,] an auxiliary building situated near a main one”, or a smaller structure added on, such as a wing.

He is probably referring to books gathered from other peoples’ rooms adjoining the apartment (that reflect individual tastes).

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