The world lost a literary legend last week when J.D. Salinger died on Wednesday, January 27. A famous recluse, Salinger died at his home in New Hampshire.
From a National Public Radio article, “Salinger’s published works include Nine Stories, a short-story collection, and Franny and Zooey, a novella about one of his favorite fictive subjects, the sensitive Glass family. His last published work was a short story that took up almost the whole New Yorker magazine in 1965 — though rumors have Salinger stashing reams of unpublished fiction in a vault.”
Here are the NCHS Library’s books by and about Salinger. You can click on the covers to see our library catalog record for each book. (Please refresh the page if it does not display correctly.):
|The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
Story of Holden Caufield with his idiosyncrasies, penetrating insight, confusion, sensitivity and negativism. The hero-narrator of The Catcher in the Rye is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield. Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days.
|Nine Stories, by J.D. Salinger
“DeDaumier-Smith’s Blue Period,” “Teddy,” and “A Perfect Day for Bananafish” are among the nine works in a collection of Salinger’s perceptive and realistic short stories. (The library has two copies of this title available to check out.)
|Franny and Zooey, by J.D. Salinger
Meet Franny and her younger brother, Zooey, in two Salinger stories. (The library has two copies of this title available to check out.)
|Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters: and Seymour, an Introduction, by J.D. Salinger
Buddy Glass introduces his older brother and describes the events of Seymour’s wedding day.
|J.D. Salinger, by Warren French
This book includes biographical information about J.D. Salinger as well as critical interpretations of his work.
|Studies in J.D. Salinger: Reviews, Essays, and Critiques of The Catcher in the Rye, and Other Fiction, edited by Marvin Laser and Norman Fruman
This book is a collection of articles written by various literary critics about aspects of J.D. Salinger’s work. Includes “A Checklist of J.D. Salinger’s Work” and “Suggested Topics for Writing” in the appendices at the back of the book.
*Book descriptions for the first 4 titles above are taken from WorldCat records.
Thanks to generous donations, the following books have been added to the NCHS library collection:
|A Mercy, by Toni Morrison
In exchange for a bad debt, an Anglo-Dutch trader takes on Florens, a young slave girl, who feels abandoned by her slave mother and who searches for love–first from an older servant woman at her master’s new home, and then from a handsome free blacksmith, in a novel set in late seventeenth-century America. (This book was a selection of the NCHS Faculty Book Club.)
|The Story of Edgar Sawtelle: A Novel, by David Wroblewski
A tale reminiscent of “Hamlet” that also celebrates the alliance between humans and dogs follows speech-disabled Wisconsin youth Edgar, who bonds with three yearling canines and struggles to prove that his sinister uncle is responsible for his father’s death. (This book was a selection of the NCHS Faculty Book Club.)
|People of the Book: A Novel, by Geraldine Brooks
A fictionalized account of the turbulent history of the Sarajevo Haggadah, an illuminated manuscript which has survived into the twentieth century thanks to people of various faiths who risked their lives to safeguard it. Hanna Heath, a manuscript conservator hired to restore the manuscript in 1996 Sarajevo, finds and pursues clues to crucial moments in the book’s history. (This book was a selection of the NCHS Faculty Book Club.)
|Murder at Five Finger Light: A Jessie Arnold Mystery, by Sue Henry
Invited to a housewarming party at her friends’ recently acquired old lighthouse on the Alaskan Inside Passage, Jessie Arnold spends the weekend helping to restore the old building, until a guest ends up dead.
|The Serpents Trail: A Maxie and Stretch Mystery, by Sue Henry
The first of a new series starring Maxie McNabb, a retiree whose adventures across the country in her motor home are destined for murderous roadblocks. As she sets out from Alaska to the Lower 48, Maxie must first figure out who burgled her friend’s Colorado home.
|Memoirs of a Geisha: A Novel, by Arthur Golden
A fisherman’s daughter in 1930s Japan rises to become a famous geisha. After training, Sayuri is sold to the highest bidder; then the school finds her a general for a patron. When he dies, she is reunited with the only man she loved. (This book was a selection of the NCHS Faculty Book Club.)
*All book descriptions are taken from WorldCat records.
Learn the five rules of better social networking in “A Teen Survival Guide to Social Networking,” by Katherine Cass, published in January 14th’s NeXt. Cass presents 5 concise rules that encompass safety, fun, and a little bit of sunshine.
From January 7’s NeXt, the teen section of The Buffalo News published each Thursday, check out “Chill Out: It’s Time for a New Year, Time for Teens to Get Organized and Learn Some Strategies for Balancing a Hectic Schedule.”
Written by Alissa Roy, a freshman at Springville-Griffith Institute, “Chill Out” highlights the need for organization and time management for today’s busy high school students. Roy profiles several productive area high school students, presenting their methods for managing academics, extracurricular activities, and good old-fashioned fun.
I’ve posted the print article in the library window for hallway reading, or find it online at the NeXt website: http://www.buffalonews.com/lifearts/next/story/914956.html
What are some of your tips for managing your time and activities?