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Sarah Palin's list of books she wished to ban

Postby Dana5140 » Thu Sep 11, 2008 8:00 am

Lord help us if this woman gets elected. This is the list of books she attmepted to ban in the Wasilla Public Library, and after which she attempted to fire the librarian for refusing to take them off the shelves.

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
Daddy's 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 J ohn 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
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In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
It's Okay if You Don't 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 s
More Scary Stories in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
My Brother Sam Is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher
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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 Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Ordinary People by Judith Guest
Our Bodies, Ourselves by Boston Women's 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 Devil's 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 Handmaid's 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
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Postby lilyme » Thu Sep 11, 2008 9:17 am

Did she give any specific reasons for wanting to ban exactly these books...?

I mean, Little Red Riding Hood??? You gotta be kidding me...
Although... I wrote my last term paper on that one, and there are several sexual metaphors in there. Hm, maybe that's the reason... :roll:

My first thought was to call this list random... but I'm beginning to see a pattern. Supernatural stories of any kind, and utopian/dystopian fiction, and sex (Fanny Hill, and, well... Little Red Riding Hood)

I'm surprised she doesn't want to ban "1984" as well... it does fall into the "Brave New World, The handmaid's Tale (awesome book), etc." category of dystopian futures...


In my opinion, this list contains some of the most greatest books ever written. But, of course, I'm seeing this from an entirely reader-y point of view, without looking at the big picture of these books "endangering" the audience.


Did she say what kinds of books she rather wants the people to read?
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Postby rmsgrey » Thu Sep 11, 2008 10:40 am

lilyme wrote:Did she give any specific reasons for wanting to ban exactly these books...?


Presumably, those books are the intersection of the set of books the library actually had with the set of books of which she disapproved.

My "everything bad about any of the candidates is probably a smear" reflex raises a couple of questions:

1) How reliable is the source for this list?
2) Does the list reflect Palin's own prejudices, or was it a political stunt to curry favour with a particular group? And if so, did she expect it to affect the library?
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Postby Kane Magus » Fri Sep 12, 2008 1:08 am

Jesus, the more I learn about this woman, the less I like her.

I mean, there was already the whole charging rape victims for kits thing, and, of course, "Trooper-gate". What's next, I wonder?

rmsgrey wrote:2) Does the list reflect Palin's own prejudices, or was it a political stunt to curry favour with a particular group? And if so, did she expect it to affect the library?

I'm curious as to which scenario would be better? The one where she really is that close-minded and backward herself, or the one where she's merely pretending to be close-minded and backward in order to impress somebody else equally close-minded and backward? Either way, she doesn't end up looking all that good.

In any case, I am interested to see how the "Palin Truth Squad" tries to spin this one.

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Postby Angel0573 » Sun Sep 14, 2008 5:34 am

Looking at this "Index" my first thought was: Who right in his mind would ever forbid the brother Grimm´s tales? Harry Potter? The list, her dislike of keystones of world literature says a lot about Sarah Palin itself, her points of view: Lately I read in "Der Spiegel" an article about the style and the attitudes of the former first ladies of the United States. The author underlines the differences between these women and Sarah Palin, the values she stands for. Just look at Michelle Obama or Hillary Clinton. Well educated women who visited the "right colleges". And Sarah Palin is completely different. The question is: Will she be an assett for Mac Cain or a major risk, considering the interview she gave a few days ago?
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Postby rmsgrey » Sun Sep 14, 2008 7:20 am

Angel0573 wrote:Looking at this "Index" my first thought was: Who right in his mind would ever forbid the brother Grimm´s tales? Harry Potter? The list, her dislike of keystones of world literature says a lot about Sarah Palin itself, her points of view: Lately I read in "Der Spiegel" an article about the style and the attitudes of the former first ladies of the United States. The author underlines the differences between these women and Sarah Palin, the values she stands for. Just look at Michelle Obama or Hillary Clinton. Well educated women who visited the "right colleges". And Sarah Palin is completely different. The question is: Will she be an assett for Mac Cain or a major risk, considering the interview she gave a few days ago?


More to the point, who would try banning Harry Potter books before any of them had even been published?

The list is bogus (at least when it comes to Palin - it may have been genuine in its original context)
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Postby Kane Magus » Sun Sep 14, 2008 12:43 pm

As for me, when I saw the list, my initial reaction was that it seemed pretty outrageous even for her, but then given all the other things I've been reading about her (at least which haven't been debunked as flat out false yet), it didn't really surprise me that it could be true. Then I checked Snopes and saw that the list was faked.

But, even if the list itself is faked, Snopes did say that Palin "discussed" with the librarian the possibility that some "objectionable" books might be banned "if the need arose", and that the librarian pretty much told her to go jump in a lake. Palin apparently claimed that it was "rhetorical" when she was questioned about it later, and that she didn't really mean it, that it was just standard policy to ask about banning books, yadda yadda. What the hell did she think the librarian would say when she rolled up and started talking about banning books? And why would she need to ask about it on three separate occasions?

Also, according to Snopes: "Palin notified Emmons she would be fired in January 1997 because the mayor didn't feel she had the librarian's "full support." Emmons was reinstated the next day after public outcry, according to newspaper reports at the time." Hmmmm.

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Re: Sarah Palin's list of books she wished to ban

Postby Alessar » Sun Sep 14, 2008 11:00 pm

Dana5140 wrote:Lord help us if this woman gets elected.


All I can think about is what if McCain gets elected and then dies like the fossil he is...
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Postby Dana5140 » Mon Sep 15, 2008 4:59 am

Indeed, I have to report that this list is indeed bogus. It does comprise a list of the most frequently banned books around the country. It does not change one whit how I feel about this woman, and the utter cycnicism that went into selecting her to be one heartbeat away from the presidency. I'm not going to say anything more, because I cannot waste time on that incurious and venal politician.
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