My Salinger Year
by Joanna Rakoff is a charming story. In the 1990s fresh out of a sheltered childhood and long years of college, Rakoff takes the first job offered: a glorified secretary at a publishing company in NY. Her life is anything but glamorous; a bad relationship, a hole in the wall apartment, debt, and a job that means typing endless letters on a 1970s electric typewriter rather than a computer. The reason for the last becomes apparent when she realizes she is answering fan letters for JD Salinger. The book is less about Salinger than it is a true picture of a young person learning how to live on her own. Very good story. Click here to find this book on our Online Card Catalog.