Dream Catcher: A Memoir

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Simon and Schuster, Oct 1, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 464 pages
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In her much-anticipated memoir, Margaret A. Salinger writes about life with her famously reclusive father, J.D. Salinger -- offering a rare look into the man and the myth, what it is like to be his daughter, and the effect of such a charismatic figure on the girls and women closest to him.
With generosity and insight, Ms. Salinger has written a book that is eloquent, spellbinding, and wise, yet at the same time retains the intimacy of a novel. Her story chronicles an almost cultlike environment of extreme isolation and early neglect interwoven with times of laughter, joy, and dazzling beauty.
Ms. Salinger compassionately explores the complex dynamics of family relationships. Her story is one that seeks to come to terms with the dark parts of her life that, quite literally, nearly killed her, and to pass on a life-affirming heritage to her own child.
The story of being a Salinger is unique; the story of being a daughter is universal. This book appeals to anyone, J.D. 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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User Review  - TimBazzett - LibraryThing

Peggy Salinger, who is J D Salinger's daughter, holds nothing back in this tell-all tale about her dysfunctional family. Well, most of them anyway. She has nothing particularly bad to say about her ... Read full review

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User Review  - syrinx77 - LibraryThing

This has to be one of the most wonderful biographical pieces I have ever read. Ms. Salinger glows, and I wish I could know her, for better and worse. Read full review

Contents

Sometimes Thro the Mirror Blue
3
Landsman
16
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
43
Detached Faculties
70
Well Bolt the Door
80
Reclusion
92
PART
111
Babes in the Woods
130
A Brief Interlude Between Islands
265
PART THREE BEYOND CORNISH
271
Island Redux
273
Christmas
298
Midwinter
313
The Producers
317
Woodstock
322
Lost Moorings
341

Border Crossing
138
Snipers
152
However Innumerable Beings Are I Vow to Save Them
162
Glimpses
172
There She Weaves by Night and Day
177
Journey to Camelot
184
Boot Camp and Iced Tea
196
Hitchcocks
210
A Perfect Ten
221
Notes from the Underground
232
To Sir with Love
251
Kindred Spirits
350
The Baby Vanishes
359
A Mind in Port
378
Rowing in Eden
385
Woman Overboard
394
On and Off the Fast Track
398
Weaving My Own Life
404
Awakening
419
Afterword
435
Acknowledgments
449
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About the author (2001)

Margaret A. Salinger earned her B.A. from Brandeis University summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa; earned an M.Phil. from Oxford University; and attended Harvard Divinity School as a Williams Scholar. She lives with her husband and son.

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