I love J.D. Salinger. I have read all his novels and even the stuff like "A Slight Rebellion off Madison," stuff that's hard to find or out of print. This biography is boring! I don't give a damn about Peggy Salinger. Who does? She over writes, wastes time, fails to reveal her fathers motivations, and whines a lot. I was very disappointed. You critics need to be a bit stiffer on your reviews out there. I wanted to know about his writing- the process, the inspiration, the reasons, the reasons for becoming a recluse and ceasing to publish. I didn't get any of that here. I found out that his daughter had some bad holiday experiences and that her mother was scared of J.D., but, again, who cares? I want to know about the writing: the glass family, the struggle, the stange humor, etc. Here's a comparison, or analogy, whatever, Does anyone care what Lisa Marie Presley planted in her garden when she was young? Probably not. They want to know about Elvis and his endeavors: his fate, music, destruction, tendencies, affairs, drug abuse, etc. Get the point?