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Does 'Catcher' still belong on the list?

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With the first day of school just a week away, it's a good time to raise these questions: What should today's kids be reading? And specifically, as Anne Trubek asks in Good Magazine, does J.D. Salinger's "Catcher in the Rye" still belong on today's reading lists?

Trubek concludes that it does not. Times have changed, she argues, the world has moved on, and so should reading lists. She offers at least a half dozen alternatives, from "Speak" by Laurie Halse Anderson to "Anywhere But Here" by Mona Simpson.

The world has changed, indeed. And when I think back to my 10th-grade required reading list, there are a few books I would definitely vote to jettison. For instance, much to the disappointment of my English-teacher father, I could never quite cotton to either "A Separate Peace" by John Knowles or "Lord of the Flies" by William Golding.


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