Banned Book Week 2011 Begins

As I wrote earlier today, it’s Banned Book Week. (Yay!) As part of an agreement with Sheila DeChantal over at the Book Journey blog, I'm reviewing  a banned book.

Last week, I took an extremely informal poll on my Facebook page and asked people to vote on which book I would review this week. The possibilities were limited to books that I felt that I knew well enough to write competently about, namely The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier, The Diary of Anne Frank, Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, or Steinbeck’s classic, The Grapes of Wrath. All four selections got at least one vote each, but the contenders turned out to be Atwood or Anne Frank. 

I decided on Atwood for several reasons. First, the controversy over The Diary of Anne Frank is generally more limited when it surfaces at all, mostly over sexually explicit scenes. The Handmaid’s Tale gets a lot more flak a lot more often over it's treatment of sex, violence and politics. Also, I’ve never reviewed Handmaid.

Thursday around noon is when this review will be up, if you want to mark your calendar. If you are reading this and want me to comment on any particular aspect of the book, just leave a comment below and I’ll do my best to comply.

See you Thursday.

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