Sunday, September 07, 2008

Deal breaker

Found this little item at one of our local blog/news sites,
  • CW Notes
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    Here is a list of books that McCain’s VP nominee, Sarah Palin, tried to get banned when she was mayor of Wasilla. This information is taken from the official minutes of the Wasilla Library Board. Sample of the books from Palin’s list to ban from that Alaskan library:

    *A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
    A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
    Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
    *As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
    Blubber by Judy Blume
    *Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    *Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
    Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
    *Carrie by Stephen King
    *Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
    *Christine by Stephen King
    Confessions by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
    *Cujo by Stephen King
    Curses, Hexes, and Spells by Daniel Cohen
    Daddy¹s Roommate by Michael Willhoite
    Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Peck
    *Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
    Decameron by Boccaccio
    *East of Eden by John Steinbeck
    Fallen Angels by Walter Myers
    *Fanny Hill (Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure) by John Cleland
    *Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes
    Forever by Judy Blume
    Grendel by John Champlin Gardner
    Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam
    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
    Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
    Have to Go by Robert Munsch
    Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
    How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
    *Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    *I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
    Impressions edited by Jack Booth
    In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
    It¹s Okay if You Don¹t Love Me by Norma Klein
    James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

    *Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence
    *Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
    *Little Red Riding Hood by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
    *Lord of the Flies by William Golding
    Love is One of the Choices by Norma Klein
    Lysistrata by Aristophanes
    More Scary Stories in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
    My Brother Sam Is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
    My House by Nikki Giovanni
    *My Friend Flicka by Mary O’Hara
    *Night Chills by Dean Koontz
    *Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
    On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer
    One Day in The Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
    *One Flew Over The Cuckoo¹s Nest by Ken Kesey
    One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    *Ordinary People by Judith Guest
    Our Bodies, Ourselves by Boston Women¹s Health Collective
    *Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
    Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl
    Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones by Alvin Schwartz
    Scary Stories in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
    Separate Peace by John Knowles
    *Silas Marner by George Eliot
    *Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
    *Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
    *The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    *The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
    *The Bastard by John Jakes
    *The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
    The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
    *The Color Purple by Alice Walker
    The Devil¹s Alternative by Frederick Forsyth
    The Figure in the Shadows by John Bellairs
    *The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
    The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
    *The Handmaid¹s Tale by Margaret Atwood
    The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Snyder
    The Learning Tree by Gordon Parks
    The Living Bible by William C. Bower
    *The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
    The New Teenage Body Book by Kathy McCoy and Charles Wibbelsman
    The Pigman by Paul Zindel
    The Seduction of Peter S. by Lawrence Sanders
    *The Shining by Stephen King
    The Witches by Roald Dahl
    The Witches of Worm by Zilpha Snyder
    Then Again, Maybe I Won’t by Judy Blume
    *To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
    Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary by the Merriam-Webster Editorial Staff
    Witches, Pumpkins, and Grinning Ghosts: The Story of the Halloween Symbols by Edna Barth

    Anybody that'll ban books will eventually ban people. She just screwed the pooch as far as I'm concerned.

  • Jay
  • made the comment that this was a bogus list. That very well may be. However, I've more than one place...that Palin did try to have a list of books banned from the Wasilla Public Library.
    Whether this particular list is bogus or not, it really doesn't matter. Attempting to ban just one book is bad enough, as far as I'm concerned.

    He also pointed out that "'s a crazy campaign for stuff like that in both directions..." I do completely agree about that.


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