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TheDailyBeast.com: The Top 10 Banned Books

‘The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian’ by Sherman Alexie

Sherman Alexie’s semi-autobiographical book about a young buy growing up on an Indian reservation who yearns for a better life, has previously been included on the list and made it again this year largely because of racism and offensive language. Alexie thinks the criticism of his book is overblown. “Almost every day, my mailbox is filled with handwritten letters from students—teens and pre-teens—who have read my YA book and loved it. I have yet to receive a letter from a child somehow debilitated by the domestic violence, drug abuse, racism, poverty, sexuality, and murder contained in my book,” he wrote last year.




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