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J.D. Salinger, author of one of the greatest American coming-of-age books, The Catcher In The Rye, passed away yesterday at the age of 91 in his home in New Hampshire. Salinger’s writing and books heavily influenced me as I was growing up, and in some ways, his writing style can be seen here on

If you’re curious and have never read his work before, I encourage you to pick up my favorite book, The Catcher in the Rye.