If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all that before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.
I was really sad today when I heard that JD Salinger passed away, although he was 91 years old and I hope lived a good life. Anyone who knows me well knows I cherish the The Catcher in the Rye. Even though I went on and on (I think) at book group this Fall about how much the book and Holden and it all meant to me, I still don't know if I can put it all into words. It's just one of those books that changes you. And I love that Holden Caulfield and his sister Phoebe.
Ironically, I don't think I even read Catcher until I was in college...although I have since read it several times. I admit I am also obsessed with this beautiful red cover. I have about 7 copies and have to buy it whenever I see it - although it's been awhile since I've seen one which kinda makes me sad too.
Lastly, Catcher is the one book that I can't understand people not getting. Here is where my bookish snobbery comes out--which I can always put aside EXCEPT with this book. It's you and not the book. You just don't mess with this book. That's all.
If you haven't read this book or anything by Salinger, I hope you do.
The title of this blog was inspired by the utopian novel by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, author of The Yellow Wallpaper. The word itself has went further and captured for me a special sense of "place" for me and my daughter Eleanor. A free copy of the book can be read online by clicking the image.
Check out my first blog--Al Ain Notebook--written during our family's year abroad in the United Arab Emirates (2008-2009)
Books Read 2010
03. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
02. Never Let Me Go by Kazup Ishiguaro
01. Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult
Books Read 2009
23. Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
22. The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
21. Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
20. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
19. The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
18. Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos
17. Stuart Little by EB White
16. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
15. Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea
14. The Olive Readers by Christine Aziz
13. Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
12. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl
11. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
10. Princess: The True Story of Life Inside the Saudi Arabia's Royal Family by Jean Sasson