Sunday, September 26, 2010
Freedom to Read
Every year during Banned Books Week, I check out the annual list of books of challenged and banned books. On this year's list, there are at least three books that my neighborhood book club has read. We are hardly a subversive group! There are even some members who don't drink wine. Really.
Here are the dangerous books my book club has read in unknowing defiance of all that is good and pure and apparently American:
The Tortilla Curtain
The Bean Trees
The Glass Castle
These were good discussion books -- some of the group's favorites. While one or two in the group strongly disliked The Tortilla Curtain, none of us would want to take away the ability to choose to read this book from someone else. I'm going to take another look at this year's list and see if I can find more to suggest for the book group.