vonnegut - Cat's Cradle is a nice starting point, because I started with Breakfast of Champions and I loved it, but it didn't prepare me for his less dadaist writing style (that book is gloriously nuts). I wouldn't shy you away from BOC either. I like it better than Cat's Cradle.
j.d. salinger - Franny & Zooey
thomas pynchon - (I'm so tempted to just thrust you into Gravity's Rainbow...)
david sedaris - Naked