Tuesday, September 7, 2010

September Group Read is...

Okay so we have another tie, but it is getting into the month and people want to get reading so I went to random.org and put in 1 - 2 and let random.org pick! So, thanks to random.org we are going to read The Color Purple by Alice Walker!

Description: Celie is a poor black woman whose letters tell the story of 20 years of her life, beginning at age 14 when she is being abused and raped by her father and attempting to protect her sister from the same fate, and continuing over the course of her marriage to "Mister," a brutal man who terrorizes her. Celie eventually learns that her abusive husband has been keeping her sister's letters from her and the rage she feels, combined with an example of love and independence provided by her close friend Shug, pushes her finally toward an awakening of her creative and loving self.

Remember for all that take part in this Group Read and in the comment section of the discussion will earn an entry into winning a copyof the October Group Read selection! And if you write a guest post you also get yourself an extra entry! So get reading!

You can get it off Amazoon here.

The summary and notes are here.

Who has read this before? I have never read it! I am excited to read this 'banned' book in honor of banned books week!


Kelly (She Wears a Red Sox Cap) said...

Whoa hoo I'm so excited this is our book! I can't believe there was a tie again haha. I'll have to get to the library tomorrow!

Alicia said...

Can't wait to get started!! I am going by the library tomorrow on lunch

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Fun! I am really looking forward to re-reading this. I read it when I was in high school, so it will be interesting to re-read it as an adult!!

Shannon said...

Good pick, random.com ;-) I've actually never read this one, and it's such a classic! Heading to the library website now!

SafeLibraries® said...

No books have been banned in the USA for about a half a century. See "National Hogwash Week."

Thomas Sowell says Banned Books Week is “the kind of shameless propaganda that has become commonplace in false charges of ‘censorship’ or ‘book banning’ has apparently now been institutionalized with a week of its own.” He calls it “National Hogwash Week.”

Former ALA Councilor Jessamyn West said, "It also highlights the thing we know about Banned Books Week that we don't talk about much — the bulk of these books are challenged by parents for being age-inappropriate for children. While I think this is still a formidable thing for librarians to deal with, it's totally different from people trying to block a book from being sold at all."

Banned Books Week is Next Week

And then there's Judith Krug herself who created BBW:

"Marking 25 Years of Banned Books Week," by Judith Krug, Curriculum Review, 46:1, Sep. 2006. "On rare occasion, we have situations where a piece of material is not what it appears to be on the surface and the material is totally inappropriate for a school library. In that case, yes, it is appropriate to remove materials. If it doesn't fit your material selection policy, get it out of there."

Lastly, remember the ALA does not oppose book burning when doing so would interfere with its political interests. Go see what Judith Krug said about Cuban librarians: "American Library Association Shamed," by Nat Hentoff.

Tameka said...

This is one of my favorite books of all time! I hope you love it! It's a little hard to get into the dialogue at first, but if you read/liked "The Help", it should be okay for you!