Books That Inspire 2011

Joseph Heller

Joseph Heller created a new catch phrase with his book Catch-22 that has become synonymous with no-win situations. He created a unique hero in Yossarian, a WWII bombardier, who can't understand why he is the only sane person in a world at war. During Yossarian's hysterical and tragic experiences he is trapped by the infamous Catch-22 everywhere. However he discovers something important, the Catch-22 rule is often imaginary and self-imposed by its own victims. This book serves as a reminder that you always have a choice either to be a victim or to fight against the system.

Christina M. Kulp
Life Sciences Librarian
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