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Gay penguins and Toni Morrison on list of disputed library books


If you are looking for a list of literature that embraces diversity, look no further than the American Library Association’s list of disputed library books. Topping the list of books most disputed by parents, educators and others in the local community, is The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie’s autobiographical story of growing up as a Native American at a predominantly white high school, which was apparently accused of “cultural insensitivity” by some readers. It is followed by Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, the graphic novel based on her own experiences growing up in Iran after the Islamic Revolution, and And Tango Makes Three, a picture book about two male penguins raising a little baby penguin, which was challenged for “promoting homosexuality.” Other books that made the list are Toni Morrison’s debut novel, The Bluest Eye and Jaycee Dugard’s bestselling memoir about her kidnapping, A Stolen Life. An awful lot of the books written are by people of color and women, or deal with LGBT themes. In other words, books that we’d like see topping best-seller rather than this one.

Read the full story at The Associated Press.

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