The Catcher in the Rye is not a war novel, but a riveting amalgam of the disillusionments and malcontent that Salinger likely incubated throughout his young life. Depression, trauma, and loss of innocence are brought to a point so fine that the book's publication erupted critical and popular disagreement on a scale that remains unmatched today.
As an adolescent, John Whalen realized that he may be gay. His upbringing would not permit such a thing, and he was determined as he matured that those feelings would disappear. Leaving for the west coast, he worked for two trucking companies and finished college. He enjoyed the business but became bored with life in Portland. He decided to travel to Alaska.
In Alaska, he found opportunities he could not have imagined. Starting with a small auditing firm, the opportunities grew and ultimately he found himself the president and CEO of one of the nation's largest worldwide airfreight forwarding companies.
The path to success was not easy, and Whalen faced many struggles including his sexual orientation, a disruptive divorce, and diabetes. Determined to come out a winner, he made decisions in his life that eventually brought him success and happiness.
Adding to the challenges the young mother would face was an unnecessary two-hour round trip by bus to San Francisco because of misinformation about her visa given to her by a flight operations specialist at Travis Air Force Base, California, her first stop. The error resulted in a tedious three-hour delay which caused Betty to miss a flight to Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii. Two days later upon arrival at Hickam, she faced another three-day wait. Then another exasperating four days in the Philippine Islands.
On Taiwan, Betty was the youngest American “Round-eye” to meet the legendary Taiwanese President, Chiang Kai Shek. While there she gives birth to her second daughter in a missionary hospital only to lose this child suddenly three years later. Upon her family’s return by ship, with two babies under two, from Taiwan, the angry Pacific Ocean brings their ship breathtakingly close to capsizing. During the voyage, 20-month old Kim faces emergency surgery on a ship that was bucking so badly, the surgeon was unable to stand upright without assistance.
Back in the states with a family of four, Betty hones the shopping practices that enabled her to multiply her dollars and earn her the designation: Queen of Thrift. Her four basic principles: never pay the retail price, know the brands, shop the discount stores, and be patient, have paid off big for her. They can for anyone willing to try them.