If there is an amateur reader still left in the world -- or anybody who just reads and runs -- I ask him or her, with untellable affection and gratitude, to split the dedication of this book four ways with my wife and children.
Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction by J.D. Salinger
I still read and run and always think of this dedication when I do. I walk the stacks of my library and pick books randomly or for their jacket color or their titles or because I like the illustration on the cover.
It's a great system really, and it is how, as a young teenager, I found The Catcher in the Rye. I remember wondering what horses had to do with catchers.
Anyway, I don't think this book has made all the difference, but a difference it did make. Bye J.D. Salinger