What Do I Read Next?
Last Updated on July 29, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 160
In the 1986 collection Demon Box, Kesey reflects on his experiences as a member of the counterculture in the 1960s and 1970s.
J. D. Salinger's classic of adolescent rebellion, The Catcher in the Rye (1951) tells of how sixteen-year-old Holden Caulfield rebels against all that he perceives as phony in upper-middle-class 1940s society.
The semiautobiographical novel The Bell Jar (1963), by poet Sylvia Plath, traces protagonist Esther Greenwood's battles with depression as she struggles to find her place in a society which limits women's roles to that of wife and mother.
Nobody Nowhere (1992) is Donna Wilhams's powerful autobiography about growing up autistic—unable to process emotions normally—and discovering how to relate to the outside world.
Mary Jane Ward's classic 1946 novel The Snake Pit tells of a young woman's year of treatment in a mental hospital. The book inspired a 1948 movie of the same title, starring Olivia de Havilland, which in turn prompted legislation on treatment for the mentally ill in several states.