Posted at 3:24 PM on January 29, 2010
by Julia Schrenkler
J.D. Salinger, author of The Catcher in the Rye died. The books and short stories he wrote often appear on people's favorite-book lists. NPR's Neda Ulaby writes about the cultural impact,
The Catcher in the Rye inspired censors, assassins and innumerable ordinary readers, who found in Salinger's hopeful yet disillusioned heroes an uncompromising kindred spirit.
Can a book change our lives? Our culture? I would answer that it can, and has - consider any number of religious works - but I'm more interested in your perspective.
* Join the online discussion: Did J.D. Salinger's work change you? Change how you felt about reading?
* Answer Today's Question from January 29, 2010: What book changed your life?