One of my all-time favorite books during my 10 years at BookPeople would surprise most people. It’s the simple story of a robot uprising.
July 16, 1951: The Catcher in the Rye is Published
On this day in 1951, J.D. Salinger’s novel, The Catcher in the Rye, was published. The novel tells the story of 16-year-old Holden Caulfield, a troubled character who challenged 1950s conformity, much like Salinger himself.
Due to its somewhat rebellious tone, Salinger’s work has been linked to issues of controversy and censorship. Even so, over 60 years later, The Catcher in the Rye has sold over 65 million copies and continues to sell an additional 500,000 each year.
Photo: A 1951 copy of J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye (Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress).
Bookseller confession. I hate Holden Caulfield (probably because he reminds me too much of who I was when I was his age and I read the book for the first time in my mid twenties).
But!!! I love the way this book is written. Down to every last comma, it’s one of the most carefully written books I’ve ever read.
It’s happening. Lena Dunham is coming to Austin. We’re thrilled to announce we’ll host Dunham at Central Presbyterian Church on Sunday, October 12 at 6pm as she presents hew new book, Not That Kind of Girl.
Raul’s #newrelease pick of the day: NIGHT FILM by Marisha Pessl, now in #paperback.
“If I had to use one word to summarize the new novel by Marisha Pessl (author of Special Topics in Calamity Physics), it would have to be “creepy”. When the daughter of a cult film director is found dead in an abandoned New York warehouse, the story soon becomes a whirlwind of obsession. Be warned now: the obsession is transferred to the reader.” #beachread #nightfilm #bookpeople #staffpick #shoplocal
We’re honored to announce Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton will sign copies of her new memoir, Hard Choices, here at BookPeople on Friday, June 20 at 3pm.
Tickets are required. For tickets and information, please visit our website.