What really knocks me out is a book, when you're all done reading it, you wished the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it.
The Catcher in the Rye
I would have loved to have known Holden Caulfield. Salinger, not so much, but definitely Holden.
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If you want to know more about the real J.D. Salinger, I highly recommend the three books shown above. He was an eccentric and interesting guy - not someone I'd care to make friends with, but definitely someone worth reading about. I wrote my senior thesis on the published works of Salinger and found myself both disgusted and intrigued by the realities of his life and personality.
Think of this as a window of opportunity to learn more about the author before the rest of his unpublished work is released.