We here at A Reading Life felt the need to write briefly about the passing of J.D. Salinger. While he was sometimes more renowned for what he didn’t write, there is no denying the power and reputation of his work Catcher in the Rye. Since its publication in 1951 the influence it has wielded over literature and American culture in general has been immense and undeniable. High school students who haven’t been assigned to read it are in a distinct minority. In the library world, Catcher in the Rye holds a special place as one of the most banned books of the 20th century.