‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ makes ALA’s annual list of most challenged books

"Fifty Shades of Grey" by E.L. JamesFrom the Associated Press:

NEW YORK — Here’s a list “Fifty Shades of Grey” was destined to make: The books most likely to be removed from school and library shelves.

On Monday, E L James’ multimillion selling erotic trilogy placed No. 4 on the American Library Association’s annual study of “challenged books,” works subject to complaints from parents, educators and other members of the public. The objections: Offensive language, and, of course, graphic sexual content.

No. 1 was a not a story of the bedroom, but the bathroom, Dav Pilkey’s “Captain Underpants” books (Offensive language, unsuited for age group), followed by Sherman Alexie’s prize-winning “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” (Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit), and Jay Asher’s “Thirteen Reasons Why“(Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide). Also on the list, at No. 10, Nobel laureate Toni Morrison’s “Beloved” (Sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence).

Read the full story from the Associated Press.

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