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  • Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters & Seymour

    Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters & Seymour

    Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters & Seymour

    J.D. Salinger
    4.11 (47,899)

    The author writes: the two long pieces in this book originally came out in the new yorker ? raise high the roof beam, carpenters in 1955, seymour ? an introduction in 1959. whatever their differences in mood or effect, they are both very much concerned with seymour glass, who is the main character in my still-uncompleted series about the glass family. it struck me that they had better be collected together, if not deliberately paired off, in something of a hurry, if i mean them to avoid unduly or undesirably

    Jennifer Lawrence

    I'm so drawn to Salinger's view of society back then, and to his sarcasm. I read "Catcher in the Rye" first, then this one. I don't think there's ever been anything like these characters in American literature.

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  • The Rum Diary

    The Rum Diary

    The Rum Diary

    Hunter S. Thompson
    Fiction
    3.83 (56,377)

    Begun in 1959 by a twenty-two-year-old hunter s. thompson, the rum diary is a tangled love story of jealousy, treachery, and violent alcoholic lust in the caribbean boomtown that was san juan, puerto rico, in the late 1950s. the narrator, freelance journalist paul kemp, irresistibly drawn to a sexy, mysterious woman, is soon thrust into a world where corruption and get-rich-quick schemes rule and anything (including murder) is permissible.

    Jennifer Lawrence

    You can tell in one sentence if what you're reading is by Thompson...You read a Thompson book because of his voice...He's just hilarious.

     — Source

  • We Need to Talk About Kevin

    We Need to Talk About Kevin

    We Need to Talk About Kevin

    Lionel Shriver
    Fiction
    4.04 (187,790)

    The gripping international bestseller about motherhood gone awry.eva never really wanted to be a mother - and certainly not the mother of the unlovable boy who murdered seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a much-adored teacher who tried to befriend him, all two days before his sixteenth birthday. now, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, family, parenthood, and kevin's horrific rampage in a series of startlingly direct correspondences with her estranged husband, franklin. uneasy with the

    Jennifer Lawrence

    but it's definitely dramatic...I wouldn't read it if I had kids or if I were pregnant

     — Source

  • The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye

    J.D. Salinger
    Fiction
    3.81 (3,040,146)

    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. the boy himself is at once too simple and too complex for us to make any final comment about him or his story. perhaps the safest thing we can say about holden is that he was born in the world not just strongly

    Jennifer Lawrence

    I read "Catcher in the Rye" first, then this one. I don't think there's ever been anything like these characters in American literature.

     — Source

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