Books Kenneth Slawenski Books by Kenneth Slawenski Kenneth Slawenski has written books about: Nonfiction Biography & Memoir Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about Kenneth Slawenski New In Paperback Examined Lives: A Chef, A Rapper, A Recluse, A Writer And More January 26, 2012 This week, an up-close look at the lives of Manhattan chef Gabrielle Hamilton, rapper Ice-T, novelist J.D. Salinger, best-selling author Stieg Larsson and his partner Eva Gabrielsson, and the great philosophers. Author Kenneth Slawenski lives in New Jersey. He founded the website DeadCaulfields.com, and has been researching J.D. Salinger: A Life for the past eight years. hide caption toggle caption The Week's Best Stories From NPR Books Digging For Pearls In The New Salinger Biography Fresh Air January 25, 2011 J.D Salinger died a year ago this Thursday, and in time for that anniversary, there's a newly published biography called, simply, J.D. Salinger: A Life. Book critic Maureen Corrigan says readers who revere Salinger will find a lot that's surprising in his early background. Digging For Pearls In The New Salinger Biography Listen · 6:30 6:30 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/133209037/133209325" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript A new book explores the life of reclusive American author J.D. Salinger. Amy Sancetta/AP hide caption toggle caption Amy Sancetta/AP Book Reviews Mining J.D. Salinger's Reclusive 'Life' For Answers January 24, 2011 In a new biography of the famously reclusive author J.D. Salinger — and the first since the author's death — Kenneth Slawenski admirably tries to mine the writer's secrets for answers. But without much material to work from, the book doesn't offer many new revelations.