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Readers of Restricted Books Now Offered Cash, Grub

Locals object to Alaskan school board pulling classics from curriculum

(Newser) - Locals have responded to an Alaska school district's decision to pull classic books from the curriculum with efforts to ensure teenagers bury their noses in them. Since the Matanuska-Susitna Borough school board in Palmer voted earlier this month to stop teaching five books in elective high school English classes—... More »

School Board Pulls 5 Classics

Business picks up at local bookstore after vote

(Newser) - High school students in an Alaska district will no longer discuss several literary classics in class. The Matanuska-Susitna School Board voted 5-2 last week to remove five titles from the list of books teachers can use in elective English classes, the Anchorage Daily News reports. The books stricken are: Invisible ... More »

The Color Purple Out, Mein Kampf in for Texas Inmates

List of 10K books banned in Texas prisons has some surprising entries

(Newser) - Prisoners in Texas can't read the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Color Purple or the best-selling Freakonomics; some of the works of Hunter S. Thompson or a collection of Shakespearean sonnets; or books from the Where's Waldo series, The Simpsons, and Monty Python. They can, however, read Hitler's Mein ... More »

School District Rescinds Ban on Invisible Man

North Carolina officials thought Ellison's classic was inappropriate for teens

(Newser) - A North Carolina school board has rescinded its ban on Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, returning it to local high school libraries. The Randolph County Board of Education voted 6-1 this week to reverse the ban it issued 10 days ago . The board voted 5-2 on Sept. 16 to pull... More »

School Board Bans Ellison's Invisible Man

Member found 'no literary value' in award-winning racial narrative

(Newser) - A North Carolina county school board has voted to ban Ralph Ellison's acclaimed novel Invisible Man from school libraries, after a parent complained about its language, its sexual content, and the fact that it was written in the first person. "I didn't find any literary value,"... More »

Politician: Ban Toni Morrison Novel From Schools

The Bluest Eye becomes flashpoint in Common Core debate

(Newser) - Horrified by its depictions of child molestation and incest, Alabama state Sen. Bill Holtzclaw is calling for Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye to be struck from all high school reading lists in the state. "The book is just completely objectionable, from language to content," Holtzclaw tells the... More »

Hitler's Mein Kampf Banned in Russia

Nazi classic suddenly deemed 'extremist'

(Newser) - Russian authorities have just decided that Hitler’s anti-Semitic opus Mein Kampf is extremist, and have banned the book. The move comes as the country attempts to combat xenophobia in far-right circles, and prosecutors discovered that the book was freely available in a certain region. The government keeps a list... More »

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