With Love and Squalor: 13 Writers Respond to the Work of J.D. Salinger
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With Love and Squalor: 13 Writers Respond to the Work of J.D. Salinger

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Reading The Catcher in the Rye has become a rite of passage for young Americans, landing the book on bestseller lists (and banned book lists) each year, even though it was published a half century ago. What is it about J. D. Salinger and his body of work that has left such a lasting mark on American fiction? And who better to answer that question than the current generatio...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published October 16th 2001 by Broadway Books
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Edwin Arnaudin
Excellent contemporary thoughts on Salinger's work, mostly about how each author's life was touched by his words. Nice to see Salinger remaining relevant to modern writers.
Megan C
I've loved Salinger since I read The Catcher in the Rye and A Perfect Day for Bananafish and did an assignment where I rewrote the latter in the first person. Salinger's characters are very much alive for me. Their voices are so vivid, so when I stumbled upon this book at my used bookstore I decided to try it even though I don't usually read much outside the realms of fiction.

I'm glad I did. I really enjoyed it. It was light and easy reading, but still thoughtful. Of course, some of the chapters...more
If you’re a HUGE fan of Salinger, you might dig this collection…then again, it may also piss you off so irrevocably that you end up using the book as a projectile weapon. Some of the essays are more successful than others (especially the shorter ones), while others (notably Charles D’Ambrosio and Emma Forrest) where simply to long, sad and boring (D’Ambrosio…I feel that you’re brother committed suicide, please tell YOUR story now!) or self-absorbed and arrogant (Forrest: princess, you don’t spea...more
Brooke Berry
my first experience with salinger was when I read 'catcher' in 8th grade. It made me feel understood. I had the same experience with this book. All of these authors explaining how they are haunted, nee, STALKED into re-reading salinger (esp. seymour) and how their lives have changed because of it. Made me feel in "the club" for once.
I really enjoyed reading this. If your a Salinger fan then I'd suggest reading this. The stories in the book are great, and it's nice to feel a connection to an author.
My personal favorite is The Salinger Weather by Thomas Beller
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