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Banned Book Week

September 26-October 3, 2009

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Girl, Interrupted


The New Rochelle (NY) Board of Education announced that it would replace all fifty copies of Susanna kaysen's memoir after school officials tore pages from the book deemed "inappropriate" due to sexual content and strong language. The incident was a hot topic across the blogsphere, transcending political ideology. It was featured on the left-leaning Boing Boing and the top conservative site, Hot Air, which is owned by Michelle Malkin of Fox News. The New Yorker magazine and The Atlantic Monthly also picked up the story as well as dozens of blog sites focused on literary and free speech issues.


Removed temporarily from the curriculum, pending review, from the Orono (ME) High School after a parent complained about strong language and vivid descriptions.

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