If you anything about books, you know about J.D. Salinger. I can't say I was shocked that he's passed. The man was great, but he wasn't a god. Still, I can't imagine where I would be without his influence. Like several of you, Catcher in the Rye was something I read in high school. It's also something that ruined my high school career. I was about to go out and kill a celebrity, but it did aid me with my outlook in life. I read it almost religiously. Every year since I graduated.