Banned Books? Not Cool.

Banned books in school have always been a controversial subject. Famous works of literature like D.H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterly's Lover, Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye have long been subject to debate on whether their content is appropriate for educational purposes. Recently, a book that both Melissa and I have read and loved -- The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie -- was the topic of a censorship fight at a Chicago school. Parents objected to its sexual content, mostly in reference to the main character, a 14-year-old boy, who talks about masturbation. (Really, is this a big revelation?)

In December, the same book was pulled from an Oregon school's curriculum when a parent raised a ruckus, but thankfully the Chicago school's board members decided to keep the book on the reading list. Score one for the First Amendment!

Let's be honest: nothing in this book is any worse than what's on MTV or what you can read on Perez Hilton. Part-Time Indian isn't about masturbation; it's a fictionalized account of Alexie's struggles to maintain his life on a reservation while integrating into an all-white school. And it's awesome. I Heart Daily recommends!