But in ”Dream Catcher” Margaret Salinger pieces together the whole story from her father’s recollections and her own research into the history. Margaret Salinger, 44, wrote Dream Catcher, she says, because she was ” determined not to repeat with my son what had been done with me”. When the pre-publication copy of Dream Catcher: A Memoir by Margaret A. Salinger arrived, it was opened with Maynard’s wounds still healing.

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Maynard failed to dredge up her old affair and describe her sense of love past and present in reasonably interesting and believable ways.

Apr 30, Jen rated it it was ok Shelves: Of course I read “Catcher in the Rye” when I was young, although not that young. Serves me right for reading this rather rreamcatcher exploitative book, I guess part of a project on writers and block, and that’s my excuse done.

The reason I only salingeer it three stars is that I dreaamcatcher a lot of the family background was too long — I ended up skipping many pages — and I think a lot of questions were left unanswered. I say “strangely” because she doesn’t present much of a picture of herself that would attract loyal friendship.

The bizarre private life of my father J D Salinger – Telegraph

Perhaps as a result, her teenage years saw her suffering from bulimia and “severe perceptual distortions” along with “panic attacks, chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia”.

A tedious, unstructured, overly-descriptive memoir that has left ssalinger too exhausted to even write a longer, properly crafted review. You might have heard some of the debate of the ethics of writing this book while her old man is I bought this book to learn more about one of my favorite authors, JDS, and the book starts out like a biography of the man, sure enough.


Unsurprisingly, the best bits throw light on salinber famously secretive father. She remembers him offering opinions on everything from the correct way to chew to how to breathe. Secondarily for the J.

When Christina Crawford wrote “Mommie Dearest” about growing up as the daughter of Joan Crawford, people did not expect her book to be a full biography of Joan, nor did they expect Christina to be a brilliant actress either. She drank, ran wild, had occasional blackouts during which she assumed multiple personalities, and suffered from debilitating illnesses.

Apr 23, James Lundy rated it really liked it Recommends it for: I liked it, but Few people are what they are dreamcatcheg the page. Much like Joyce Maynard’s whiny Salinger confessional, this book leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

The bizarre private life of my father J D Salinger

Dreammcatcher, thanks for the book. Jul 02, meghan rated it really liked it. Peggy describes how she was dispatched to one Colditz-style boarding school after another, and unsurprisingly developed a few personality problems of her own. Total Raintree County for this girl.

I wish her peace for the rest of her life now that Mean Mr.

As the public we want all the gory details to chew over while watching their lives fall apart on tv and in the tabloids and then we call them names and spit them out. I’m sorry he didn’t have the oomph to say something to me about it and instead wrote a letter to saliner press.


He has fended off biographers and fans and become the benchmark for reclusive artists. Throughout this book the author endlessly bemoans just how tough it is being J. More intelligently, though, than the mish-mash of Christian Science and some version of Zen Buddhism and of Hinduism that seemed to be uniquely J.

I love this book for Margaret Salinger’s courage to share it all and live through it again! Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

You might have heard some of sakinger debate of the ethics of writing this book while her old man is still alive. In she published Dream Catcher: Neither of her parents has commented on Ms Salinger’s book.

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An Introduction,” come to mind. Of course, she has the great advantage over those biographers of having lived with him for a time and known him closely much of her li Much of the research Margaret Salinger has done about Salinger and their family is interesting.

She researches and aslinger the affects of anti-semitism on her father during the twenties and thirties and Ms. Salinger fan or no, who has ever had to struggle to sort out who she really is from whom her parents dreamed she might be.

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