J.D. Salinger, best known for writing the legendary Catcher in the Rye, has died today at age 91.
As an avid reader, books bring me back to certain times and places in my life. My bookshelf is my history. I first read The Catcher in the Rye when I was a Freshman in High School. I was on a skiing trip with one of my close friends and her family in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. We were with her Aunt and her grandmother, lovingly known as Nanny to all that know and love her. After dinner, there was no television or video games. Instead, we each chose a book from the library and read underneath piles of soft quilts, listening to nothing but the wind outside and the crackling of the fire. Nanny thought it was time for me to read The Catcher in the Rye, and I was actually shocked after reading the first few chapters that she would suggest such a provacative book for me! I read many a great books during my skiing trips to the Berkshires, but none ever stuck with me as much as J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye.
There are thousands of supernatural books out there that throw around the word "immortality" but when looking at this one work, by this one author I can't help but think J.D. Salinger will forever be remembered through the story of Holden Caulfield.
Where were you when you read The Catcher in the Rye? How old were you? What did it mean to you?