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Tennessee Parent: Acclaimed Medical History Book is 'Pornographic'

Wed, 09/09/2015 - 07:30 -- Maggie Jacoby
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Rebecca Skloot's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is an award-winning account of science, ethics and medical history. It tells the riveting story of how one woman's cancerous cells were taken without her permission, and became an essential medical research breakthrough linked to an array of projects, including the polio vaccine.

One parent in Tennessee has another word for it: Pornography.

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‘Curious' Censorship in Tallahassee High School

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 10:22 -- Maggie Jacoby
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This post originally appeared on Banned Books Week sponsor National Coalition Against Censorship's blog.

Students at Lincoln High School in Tallahassee were all assigned an award-winning book to read over the summer, Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. As the school explained it, reading a "common text… allows us to bring our many perspectives to one collection of ideas and, by listening to each other, to strengthen our understanding of ourselves and our world."

But after some parents objected to profanity in the book, the assignment was quickly scuttled.

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