Thursday, January 28, 2010

J.D. Salinger

J.D. Salinger died yesterday of natural causes at the age of 91. He was most famous for writing The Catcher in the Rye, the iconic, much-beloved and often-challenged book that later spawned the entire YA genre. His second-most claim to fame was his multi-decade reclusiveness after Catcher in the Rye became a huge success.

I won't go into more detail about Salinger, since lengthy obituaries can be found all over the web (CNN, Time), but I would like to recommend some of his lesser-known works. If you've only read Catcher in the Rye, or, if Catcher didn't appeal to you but you'd like to try Salinger again, his short stories are very different, yet still wonderful. HCML has copies of Franny and Zooey and Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters available.


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