Saturday, March 26, 2011

Books Read in the Past Week


"Donna Parker
A Spring To Remember"
"Donna Parker in Hollywood"
"Donna Parker
Mystery at Arawak"
"Donna Parker
Takes A Giant Step"
by Marcia Martin
(children's/young teen fiction)
{light, entertaining reading; some
serious subjects touched upon}



"Outnumbered!
Raising 13 Kids With Humor and Prayer"
by Mary Ann Kuharski
(non-fiction, Catholic)

"Look Through My Window"
by Jean Little
(children's fiction)

One Book Leads To Another.... And Another.... And Another

I read J.D. Salinger's Catcher In The Rye in late adolescence, a time when many old youngsters (I'm using that term here instead of young adults) love that book. Many, but not all. I didn't like it, and I never
expected to read any more Salinger.
Then, many years later, I read There's A Boy In The Girls' Bathroom, by Louis Sachar. Now, THAT'S one of my favorites. Anyway, in this book, one of the characters, a school counselor named Carla, reads a passage from another Salinger book: Raise High The Roof Beam, Carpenters.
I liked the quote enough that, after more than thirty years, I gave J.D. Salinger another try.
I read Raise High The Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction. {I'm about due for a re-read of those novellas}. Next, I went on to Franny and Zooey. In this book, Franny reads The Way Of A Pilgrim, which I'd never heard of before, but is now another great favorite of mine. {I have, among books, a great many great favorites!}
Perhaps what I love best about Franny and Zooey is that it introduced me to The Way Of A Pilgrim!
But I still don't plan to re-read Catcher In The Rye.