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  •  I found "Catcher in the Rye" (5+ / 0-)

    one of the dreariest coming of age books ever written, one that did little to balance the hormonal misfortunes of growing up with the adventure of it.  And I didn't like Holden, which greatly mitigated my empathy for him.

    There is a book that imo, is everything "Catcher in the Rye" should have been.  It captures the vulnerability of coming of age, the awkwardness and discomfort, but also, the great humor and stunning friendships that develop under the onslaught of approaching adulthood.

    "Temple of Gold" by William Goldman. A brilliantly funny and poignant tale of growing up and the friendships we form as we make that passage.  To this day, if I need a good cry, I reread the last few pages of that book.  Works every time.

    "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

    by StellaRay on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 08:35:10 PM PST

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