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The Complete Maus
The Complete Maus | Art Spiegelman
Combined here are Maus I: A Survivor's Tale and Maus II - the complete story of Vladek Spiegelman and his wife, living and surviving in Hitler's Europe. By addressing the Holocaust through cartoons the author captures the everyday reality of fear and the sensation of survival.
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Rissa1
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I don't know what to say. There are so many books about the Holocaust but the Maus series just hits differently. 4⭐️
#JoysOfJune

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DavidDiamond
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After a school in Tennessee banned the book, I went out and purchased my own copy.
First graphic novel I've ever read (My husband teasingly would ask, "How's your comic book?", to which I would reply, "Oh,my Pulitzer Prize winning graphic novel? It's amazing!").
With Jews depicted as mice & Nazis depicted as cats, this heartbreaking memoir about a son's quest to document his father's experience in Nazi occupied Poland deserves all the accolades.

Yuki_Onna Why on earth does a school ban such an important book??? 😮 What reasons do they give? Banning a book about the Nazi crimes seems hard to believe here. I'm from Germany - Hitler, the Holocaust and WWII are a huge topic. I see why states and schools should ban 'Mein Kampf', but banning a book working up the Holocaust written by a Jew whose parents survived Auschwitz??? Unbelieveable...) 3mo
Leftcoastzen @Yuki_Onna I think one reason given was naked mice .(not kidding) 3mo
Yuki_Onna @Leftcoastzen Whattt?!? 😆🙄 I don't know whether I should laugh or cry now... That could be ridiculous if it weren't so sad... 3mo
DavidDiamond @Yuki_Onna @Leftcoastzen - Apparently the reason was because at one point in the story Spiegelman calls his dead mother a “bitch“ and they didn't like the language. I know, seriously. Talk about throwing out the baby with the bathwater. Here's the article about it: https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/antisemitism/article-696465 3mo
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Bookzombie
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This has been languishing on my TBR for years and I finally picked it up due the ridiculous banning in TN. Spiegelman‘s work is powerful and it‘s important to hear his father‘s story. The book is not only about the Holocaust though. It‘s also about the author‘s relationship with his parents, especially his father. I can‘t recommend this graphic novel enough.

Reggie I keep thinking about all these bans and I don‘t think people realize how close they are to the Nazis and all that book burning. How they are the same people who want to tell us to read, to tell women what they should do, to (cause we the queer people are next) probably tell us queer people who we can love. They‘re the same people who don‘t want government telling them what to do. So frustrating. 1mo
Bookzombie @Reggie It is so frustrating! I think some realize and don‘t care, some just don‘t see it and some just don‘t/won‘t hear it. Also, I think it very easy for some to forget history and for some to take themselves out of it. They think these decisions don‘t affect them. 1mo
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JackOBotts
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I mean…wow…what an emotional experience. I don‘t have the right words to articulate my feelings.
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Rissa1
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Finished this and handed it to my 13 year old son. Hopefully it is something we will both enjoy.

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Jobridge
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Picked up another graphic novel haul from the library because this finally came in on reserve for me!

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JackOBotts
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My library hold came through, so we‘re bumping this to the top of my reading list.

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LibraryCin
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I think I liked this better this second time around; I was paying better attention. Although the current day story in Part II didn‘t focus as much on Art‘s father and his 2nd wife, but there was still plenty happening in the “current” day with Art, his wife, and his father. We had a few more nationalities in part II, all drawn with/represented by different types of animals. Cont in comments.

LibraryCin This one also included Art drawing himself dealing with the success of part I‘s publication and trying to write/draw part II. This one also had the end of WWII with Art‘s father getting out of Auschwitz and meeting up later with Art‘s mother. A very good book, and a different way to get the message out about what happened during the Holocaust 4mo
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Graywacke
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I read this in 1999, 2014 and then again last month after that backward school district banned it. I never mentioned Maus II here though, so a late post. In brief, it‘s brilliant, surprisingly powerful yet again, and one of those books you can‘t help wishing everyone would read. What caught my attention this time is how secondary the actual story is, the Auschwitz story, and how much is about his relationship with his father, and his art.

MommyWantsToReadHerBook I missed the news about a school district banning it - what?? 5mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @Graywacke oh my word. That's so ridiculous! Thanks for bringing me up to speed. 5mo
Graywacke @MommyWantsToReadHerBook right, that‘s the perfect word. I think if you look at the book pages here on Litsy (Maus I and II and the complete Maus) you‘ll see a lot of interesting posts about it. (Sales took off in February in response and stores sold out of Maus. 🙂) 5mo
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AmyK1
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1. My TBR bookshelf.
2. Tagged
3. Only one so far-The Paris Orphan

Thanks for the tag @Eggs #wondrouswednesday

Eggs Love the legs and color❣️ 5mo
AmyK1 @Eggs thank you! It was an old cabinet my uncle made for my grandparents 50+ years ago and I refinished it. My first time trying and I am very happy with the results! 5mo
Eggs @AmyK1 you did a great job! (edited) 5mo
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A few years back, I made a change to only read #OwnVoices books when the topic is the Holocaust. Surprisingly, I hadn‘t read this one yet. When it was banned in 8th grade classrooms in TN, the state right next door, at the same time it appeared on Maya‘s curriculum, I knew it was time. We‘ve been discussing it this week, and the many parallels to my husband ms family history. Spiegelman recounts his family experience from his father‘s POV ⬇️

4thhouseontheleft and it is a powerful story. This absolutely belongs in middle school curriculums, and is going on my must-read recommendation shelf. #readbannedbooks #pop22 #duology (1) 5mo
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Lovesbooks87
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When I saw the news that this book was being banned I had to check it out. After reading it in a couple hours, I don‘t see why it was banned. The people that banned this book must forget that teens hear and see worse on tv and from their peers. This is part of our awful world history and it needs to be taught, not banned. I hope this book gets into the hands of the students where it is being banned!

APLitlife I teach this book. The students love it. 5mo
KathyWheeler I don‘t think it‘s about “protecting the kids;” in fact, I don‘t think it ever was. It‘s all about control over thought. 5mo
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LKK526

The censorship of books is disconcerting. If you don‘t want to read something don‘t, but don‘t abrogate my right to so so. No earth shattering observations here but needs to be said. The only way a book can hurt me is if you hit me over the head with it. Apologies to those I didn‘t tag

LibrarianRyan I agree.! 5mo
ozma.of.oz Well said! 5mo
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LKK526 @ozma.of.oz 👍 5mo
bthegood This is on my TBR, and I agree 👍 5mo
LKK526 @bthegood 😃👍 5mo
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LKK526

Impressive. I ordered this as soon as I read the article about it being banned.

bthegood I have this also - its on my TBR list - FYI you can reply to peoples comments by clicking on their comment (on the computer there is a little button to the right/bottom of the comment that you can hit) - a box opens for your reply - it keeps the conversation in the same post - makes it easier to follow the conversations ( I think) 🙂 (edited) 5mo
LKK526 Thanks for the tip. The only thing I have t the bottom of your comment are 3 dots but it just says edit or delete. Am I looking in wrong place? 5mo
LKK526 @bthegood just figured it out. Thanks! 5mo
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bthegood @LKK526 you're welcome and thx for comments, I enjoy your insights😊 5mo
4thhouseontheleft Love seeing the support for reading banned books! 5mo
LKK526 @4thhouseontheleft such a slippery slope 5mo
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4thhouseontheleft
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Look what‘s next up in Maya‘s 8th grade ELA class?

I love her school. #bannedbooks #readbannedbooks

Sarahreadstoomuch I‘m reading this today myself! 5mo
Branwen Excellent! 👏 5mo
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Ruthiella 👏👏👏 5mo
marleed I‘m thrilled she gets to read this as a class project. It gives me hope! 5mo
4thhouseontheleft @marleed me too! Now I just hope she feels safe in the discussions, considering many of her ancestors (on hubby‘s side) were killed in the Holocaust. Her ELA teacher sometimes forgets that there are students in the classroom with closer connections to things. There was an issue in Jan during class of the YRE of Omnivore‘s Dilemma when she didn‘t realize her language around food was problematic and triggering for students with an ED. 5mo
4thhouseontheleft @Sarahreadstoomuch I plan on reading it too! 5mo
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Jilly6183
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The fact that this is “banned” blows my mind (except it doesn‘t, because almost nothing can shock me these days). Graphic novels aren‘t usually my thing, but this is worth a read. It‘s heartbreaking but it‘s important that we hear true accounts of these atrocities lest we forget…

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BacklistB__ch
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I bought this because it‘s been banned and I‘d never read it. I was never into graphic novels, but this is a wonderful, difficult, heart wrenching book.

Smrloomis Completely agree! 5mo
marleed I almost ordered from Amazon (out of stock). Then I decided I want to buy this new and locally just in case anyone is keeping track of those sales as a local perspective on this ban. 5mo
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Branwen
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My book video this week is a little bit different than usual - I combined the Teens & Adults into one video so I could talk about books that have been recently banned/challenged! This one is really close to my heart! ❤ Please give it a view and a like! I would really appreciate it! 💕 📖

Teens & Adult Book Recs: Recently Banned/Challenged Books:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYdHyaWXPcw&t=154s

kspenmoll Nice video!!! 5mo
Branwen @kspenmoll Thank you so much! That really means a lot! 5mo
vivastory This was a great video! 👏 👏 (BTW Did you see the Spiegleman totes that The Strand is selling?) 5mo
Branwen @vivastory Thank you so much! And thanks for watching! It means a lot! NO! 😲😲 I did not see them! I will have to hop over to their website and check it out! 5mo
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ARTDJG
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EclecticBookLover
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My #FabulousFebruary wrap up. Accomplished my goal of 3 books. Thanks fir hosting @Andrew65

Andrew65 Brilliant 👏👏👏🙌🥳🍾🥂😍 Thanks for playing along. 6mo
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AmyK1
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My son has The Complete Maus so I was able to read the 2nd part of the story today. Matthew, who read this in the 8th grade and is now 22, and I had a discussion about why people would want to ban this. He may not be a reader but even he knows that banning books is stupid and that it backfires.

The 2nd part was just as good as the first and I still believe everyone should read this.

kspenmoll I totally agree! 6mo
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Christine
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I‘m appalled by the senseless banning of this but very grateful to have read it. I‘ll be sharing with my kids and students and many others. ❤️

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vivastory
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In partnership with The Synagogue, Magic City Books is giving away free copies of Maus in person while supplies last 👏👏

LeahBergen How cool is that? 👏👏 6mo
Suet624 Wonderful 6mo
Nute Right on! 6mo
Branwen This is FANTASTIC! 6mo
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Cinfhen
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I read an interesting article with Art Spiegelman addressing the Tennessee school board decision. He had a few good points: 1. People want a “warm & fuzzy” Holocaust version of events. 2. The school board wants to promote a version where the Americans were the heroes and use that message as their focus on WWII 3. This was never about nudity (it‘s a mouse) or profanity but the resistance of facing the dark and evil side of humanity. #Defiance

CarolynM I read something today that said that suggested that some school boards don't want any books about the holocaust in school libraries unless there are also books that present "the other side".???? I despair. 6mo
TrishB Warm and fuzzy doesn‘t really sit next to Holocaust does it. 6mo
Cinfhen Exactly @TrishB That‘s INFURIATING @CarolynM Like there was actually two sides / like the Jews were actually opponents 🤬😭😭this idea of making EVERYTHING warm & fuzzy is so ridiculous. And don‘t get me started on Whoopi Goldberg 🙄😞 6mo
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Librariana @Cinfhen - Cindy, a colleague of mine shared a great article from Mother Jones (https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2022/02/the-inside-story-of-the-banning-of-...), but the more I read it, the more it upset me. Like Mr. Spiegelman said, it's almost as if the board members were asking why a 'nicer' version of the Holocaust couldn't be taught. The entire thing is beyond ridiculous. 6mo
Cinfhen Thanks so much for sharing that article @Librariana it‘s so sad to see how this school board tried to justify their actions. It makes you question the idea of public education!!! 6mo
sarahbarnes Agreed. I taught Maus to 8th graders and my 13yo daughter has my copies and has read them more than once. It‘s very similar to the backlash here right now against teaching “critical race theory” in schools. White people want a nicer version of their racism taught here too. 6mo
Cinfhen It‘s so disheartening @sarahbarnes I feel for teachers and what they‘re up against. 6mo
eanderson I‘m concerned that history will repeat itself because we are so concerned with offending people with the truth. It sickens me. The Holocaust shouldn‘t be warm and fuzzy. It‘s uncomfortable, upsetting, and completely heartbreaking. It wasn‘t the first time that Jews were persecuted and it certainly won‘t be the last time that something that disgusting will happens to a group of people. My dad started teaching us about the Holocaust at an early age (edited) 6mo
Cinfhen Thanks for your encouraging words @eanderson I wish more people would share that same compassion and conviction. Unfortunately history does repeat and there are numerous cases of genocide occurring today. Elie Wiesel‘s son just called out China on the ethnic cleansing of the Uighur community. 😔 6mo
eanderson ☹️ People suck. I cannot express the passionate hate I have for seeing or hearing the words ethnic cleansing!!! 😫 6mo
Cinfhen I know!!! It‘s sickening @eanderson 😠😭 6mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Spiegelman‘s second volume focuses on his father Vladek‘s time in the camps. It‘s a brutal read, and as with volume one, we also glimpse the aftereffects. Surviving is a lifelong challenge. I can‘t stress enough how essential these books are to better understanding what so many innocent people experienced. It‘s within the pages of banned and challenged books, that empathy flourishes.

tjwill Well said! I completely agree. 6mo
britt_brooke @tjwill Thank you! 6mo
Cinfhen #Advocate #RebelReader 🙌🏻♥️ 6mo
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britt_brooke @Cinfhen Love the hashtags - thank you! 💚💚 6mo
mrp27 I first read these in college, back in the early 90‘s, and this is what got me started on graphic novels. Showed me how powerful the gn could be in story telling. 6mo
britt_brooke @mrp27 What an amazing introduction into graphic novels! 6mo
Cinfhen More Tennessee shenanigans I found
Click to read this: --> https://worldisraelnews.com/tennessee-teacher-tells-students-how-to-torture-a-je...
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britt_brooke @Cinfhen OMG and WTF. This teacher should be fired. On top of that, there should not be bible classes in public schools. Private schools can do what they want, but it‘s not appropriate in public schools. Tennessee is embarrassing. 6mo
Cinfhen Scary! I agree, Bible class doesn‘t belong in public schools. I‘m sure the Bible teacher isn‘t even accredited or licensed 6mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ When a book is ignorantly removed from a county in your state, the obvious move is take it from your shelf and crack it open. It‘s clear why this won a Pulitzer. Spiegelman recounts his family‘s experiences in the years/months/days leading to Auschwitz. This draws from his father‘s experiences and life after surviving the unimaginable. The black and white art and metaphoric animals are so effective in conveying the fear and brutality.

KathyWheeler I really think most 8th graders are perfectly capable of handling Maus, so I find the reasoning behind removing it from the curriculum to be disingenuous. 6mo
britt_brooke @KathyWheeler I 100% agree! 6mo
Leftcoastzen What @KathyWheeler said.I was so impressed with it. I can‘t find my copy, did I trade it ? There have been downsizings & moves. 6mo
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Prairiegirl_reading 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 6mo
britt_brooke @Leftcoastzen I can‘t believe I hadn‘t read it previously. I bought both volumes years ago from a now sadly closed local used book shop, but never found the right time to pick them up. Of course, now was perfect. 6mo
Cinfhen #GoBritt 🙌🏻🧡 this was actually your county??? That‘s really sad to hear. The removal of this book especially on International Holocaust Day was total BS. Thank you for standing up to hatred😘😘 6mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen No, not my county, thankfully, but a county in my state (it‘s in east Tennessee). It makes me so angry when people do this shit. And I love how it always backfires. Maus is getting so much attention and rightfully so. (edited) 6mo
Cinfhen Oh good!!! I was worried 😅 6mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen I‘d have to move!!! 😂 6mo
Cinfhen I was thinking just that 😉 6mo
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JLaurenceCohen
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Love to see so many people buying Maus in response to attempts to ban it

Kenyazero Our library went from seeing it checked out maybe 4 times a year to having over 75 holds on it right now! 6mo
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Patchshank
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I finally got around to reading these. I've had them awhile, but haven't made the time to read them. I'm glad I finally did. The people wanting to ban this book clearly haven't read it. Typical 😓 I think it's completely fine for 8th grade. What do they think is going to happen if kids read it? Are they going to sprout tails and start listening to the rock n roll music? I mean come on...
It's important kids learn about the Holocaust.

Patchshank There is no way to sugar coat this period in history. Parents are going to do much more harm by trying to. 6mo
KathyWheeler I never know if I‘m a good judge of what most people think is fine for 8th graders or not because my mom didn‘t restrict my reading. I read some pretty graphic books on the Holocaust with pictures of actual people when I was much younger than 8th grade. I‘m convinced most 8th graders can handle it, and that we‘ve gotten into a ridiculous habit of always underestimating our kids in the US. This desire to “protect” them does them no favors. 6mo
Cortg I read this article today. The author/journalist reviewed the school board minutes that took place over pulling Maus from the curriculum. It's an entertaining yet also frusterating article. https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2022/02/the-inside-story-of-the-banning-of-... 6mo
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Patchshank @KathyWheeler I'm not sure I'm a good judge either. I had everything restricted as a kid, but my mom didn't pay close attention so I was still able to sneak stuff easily. But we read Night in 7th grade as part of class. We read some of Diary of a Young girl, but most of the focus was on Night. That was fine. Between this and the whole "teachers need to be unbiased on Nazis" thing, it's super concerning. 6mo
KathyWheeler @Patchshank I can‘t understand where this “teachers and libraries need to be unbiased about Nazis” thing even came from! Why? At one point, bias against Nazis was one thing pretty much everyone agreed on. 6mo
vivastory I was in the 9th grade when Schindler's List was released on VHS & it was shown several times in my school. This was a little overshadowed by what happened w/ Maus but just a couple of days before it was banned, a school board in MO banned FOUR books in a high school, including Toni Morrison & Alison Bechdel:
https://www.kirkusreviews.com/news-and-features/articles/missouri-school-distric...
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TheKidUpstairs I read an article from someone who was in the meeting where they made the decision on Maus. They freely admitted not having read it, not having even seen it. So frustrating 6mo
Patchshank @vivastory The amount of pettiness in that article is astounding. "My kids aren't allowed to say bitch at school, so they shouldn't be allowed to read the word either." Soooooo petty. People should have to read the book before they agree to ban it. Can't ban it until they read it and are able to provide proof they read and understood it. 6mo
Patchshank @Cortg sorry tagged the wrong person. I'll read the article you posted @vivastory 6mo
Patchshank @vivastory I haven't read any of those books, so I don't feel like I can comment on them. But I think my previous comments probably still apply. You can't sugar coat the bad things in the world or just ban your kids from learning about it. That does way more damage. People should still be required to read the books they want to ban. Most books probably wouldn't get banned. 6mo
KathyWheeler @vivastory I‘ve read both The Bluest Eye and Fun Home and loved both. I haven‘t read the others that were mentioned. 6mo
KathyWheeler @Cortg The stupidity on display in that article was so frustrating! 6mo
RebL This is a book I've been meaning to read, but other priorities prevented me from doing so. YKWIM? Now it's skipped right to the top. That's the way with challenged & banned books. It'll probably get a boost again in Sept with Banned Books Week.
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allureofbeauty They‘re amazing. 6mo
Patchshank @KathyWheeler I agree! How has that became a dividing issue? That was the one thing everyone had in common. The guy who disagreed? No one spoke to that guy. 6mo
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Leftcoastzen
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This is one solution to book banning ! People have to rise up! https://www.jta.org/2022/01/28/united-states/the-great-maus-giveaway-is-on-as-bo...

TheBookHippie 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉 6mo
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Hooked_on_books The thing about people banning books is that it just ends up bringing more attention to those books. And it‘s also stupid and reflects the fears of the attempted banners. 6mo
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I'm so incredibly weary of the times. As soon as I see a copy of Maus in an indy we'll be adding it to our library for sure!

TheBookHippie I‘m weary too. 6mo
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ravenlee

https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2022/02/the-inside-story-of-the-banning-of-...

A report on the Maus debacle from someone who read the school board meeting minutes. Spoiler alert: these are the people who never did the assigned reading in the first place.

vivastory Them complaining about the Eubie Blake song that's 100 years old 🙄🙄 6mo
wordslinger42 I didn't read Maus until I was in college, but I think it would have been beneficial to read it at a younger age. I'll never understand decisions like this! It's even worse that they wanted to ban it based on reviews they read, not their own reading. 6mo
ravenlee @vivastory I can‘t even figure out how that song came up. Who told that idiot it was a “poem” on the curriculum? 6mo
ravenlee @wordslinger42 I only read it a few years ago, but I wish it had been required at my HS. Eighth grade seems a bit young to me, but not outrageous. I really hate the “surely there must be another book” comment - for one, books are not completely interchangeable, and for another, do the work yourself and come up with a substitute! 6mo
Hestapleton I also didn‘t read Maus until I was older. Eighth grade feels young to me, but I‘d definitely read it with my son, have lots of talks with him about it. If I really felt he wasn‘t ready for it, I‘d talk with his teacher. Lots of options before we just BAN books people. 🙄 6mo
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SqueakyChu
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It‘s time for a reread of this #BannedBook. Come join us for a group read on #LibraryThing. https://www.librarything.com/topic/339164#

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Agreed.

Jadams1776 I didn‘t read Maus until college, but it‘s great! Banning it makes zero sense 6mo
Leftcoastzen I couldn‘t agree more! 6mo
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AprilMae
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I read both books during a history course in college. Our final project was a 3 page paper on the books and the symbolism used in it. I turned in a 15 pages paper, and could have wrote more. I will continue to recommend this book to everyone and anyone. #bannedbooks are usually ones everyone needs to read.

Alfoster Absolutely!👏👏👏👏 6mo
TheBookHippie ♥️💯 6mo
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ravenlee

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/30/books/book-ban-us-schools.html

A look at the current climate of book banning.

Alfoster Saw this and it‘s frightening! Glad I‘m retired (high school English teacher) or I‘d be ranting at someone now!😱😝 6mo
LibrarianRyan ☠ ☠It's just sooooooo. ☠ 6mo
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Texreader
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#sundayfunday

1 & 3) Absolutely; the tagged book is the perfect example. I doubt I would have read it but for the TN school board banning it.

2) I don‘t recall books being banned when I was a kid. Maybe that wasn‘t a thing where I grew up. My mom was and is a big reader so she‘d give me books that kept me reading well beyond what would be read by others my age. So I am fortunate censorship was not a part of my childhood.

KathyWheeler You know, I don‘t recall this being an issue when I was a kid either. The American Library Association‘s list only goes back to 1990, so I‘m wondering if that‘s when it started being a really big thing? 6mo
Texreader @KathyWheeler That‘s very interesting. I graduated in 1986. I noticed after I graduated that more and more school boards were censoring high school newspapers. I was the editor of mine for three years, and I didn‘t shy away from hard subjects. I don‘t think it ever crossed the school board‘s mind to censor me. So I was so puzzled when I saw it happening around the country. And now my kids‘ high school newspaper is so dumbed down. 🙁 6mo
ozma.of.oz I felt the same way about the tagged book! Thank you for sharing! 6mo
Leftcoastzen It‘s bankrolled and organized now.I just posted an article from the Guardian.It is keeping me awake at night.At least tonight anyway. 6mo
Texreader @Leftcoastzen It‘s pretty distressing, this just another sign of the times. 6mo
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wanderinglynn
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#sundayfunday

1. Absolutely! I remember when the 3d HP book was being released, the series was getting banned & even burned (I lived in the south at that time.) That‘s exactly why I picked up the series.

2. My parents never restricted my reading. I read what I want. I don‘t really remember discussions of banned books. Of course, I also lived in my own little bookish world and was blissfully unaware of most things.

3. Tagged

ozma.of.oz Your answer for number one makes me think of the fifth book, Umbridge banning the Quibbler. 😁 Thanks for sharing! 6mo
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TheBookHippie
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kspenmoll Thanks!!!! 6mo
megnews Do they know the definition of liberty? 🙄 😡 😤 6mo
TheBookHippie @megnews HA. No. 😂 6mo
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GingerAntics Why do these nut jobs always use liberty sarcastically? Just curious. They can‘t honestly believe their actions are championing the cause of liberty. Morons. 6mo
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics please it‘s generally bigoted against a group, religion or sexual choice. It never has anything to with the actual book. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 6mo
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie of course not. It‘s an agenda and nothing more. I swear, they get paid by people to pull this 🤬. 6mo
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#sundayfunday

1. Yes
2. I read many when we was younger, many for school. Thankfully I was raised in a community that did not ban books.
3. I now definitely want to read the tagged book.

ozma.of.oz Maus has ended up on Amazon‘s bestseller list now! Thanks for sharing! 6mo
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ozma.of.oz
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In light of a TN school district‘s decision this past week, we‘re talking banned books. 🚫

1. Probably.
2. I remember in elementary school doing a class wide project free will and control in The Giver. I still have my copy somewhere.
3. Tagged and stacked.

#SundayFunday Have a great day, don‘t forget to tag me, and go forth and read banned books!

Amiable I literally just pulled “Maus” from my shelves to read it again! 6mo
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#BookCoverChallenge
Day 171.
Here I will note 365 books (or as many as I will have before I get tired) that have shaped my taste in literature. No explanations, no reviews. Just the cover of the book.
I do not challenge anyone. You are all welcome to take part.

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SRWCF 💯💯💯 6mo
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Why would you ban a graphic novel about the holocaust redone as mice & cats. How much more sanitized could they make that story? It‘s history, and MANY children lived through it firsthand, if they can survive it, I‘m sure our children can survive reading a graphic novel with mice about it. 🙄

Welcome to the Banned Book Club Maus! May the publicity of this stupidity cause your book to be bought & read in record numbers.
#BannedBooks

TheBookHippie ✊🏼✊🏼✊🏼 I love a good book buying protest!! 6mo
LibrarianRyan Even though I've read them, I promised Josh I would buy a set and put it inthe little library. 6mo
JamieArc I mean, are they dressing their pet mice in clothes? What‘s the harm? (Obviously we know it‘s not about the actual issues they cite). [shakes head in disgust] 6mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa @JamieArc exactly…but yes the mice are dressed, just like people, but apparently if a mouse is topless, it‘s too much for them. What always gets me about these type of bans is actual children had to go through this and see it, and only some survived it, and many adults turned away….but now our children are too precious to see mouse reenactments. 🙄🤦‍♀️ 6mo
Suet624 Such small minded people. 6mo
megnews @Riveted_Reader_Melissa that‘s always my argument too. Lots of people try to ban books on slavery and kids lived through that. If kids can live through it, other kids can read about it. 6mo
Tamra Ugh 🙄 Don‘t “they” realize the best advertisement and enticement to read something is by banning it??! Dumb on more than one level. 6mo
ravenlee Yes, children are too fragile to face a topless cartoon mouse (did I seriously have to write that sentence?), but the atrocities of the Holocaust are nothing. I mean, obviously the goal is *not* to teach/learn about the ugliness of human history at all, but we can‘t just come out and SAY that… 6mo
mandarchy Have you seen the Krause list yet? 850 anti-racist and LGBTQ inclusive books being removed from Texas libraries. It's a disgrace. 6mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @mandarchy no I haven‘t! That‘s just sad & you‘re right disgraceful 6mo
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I don‘t have teenagers, but if I did, this is a conversation I would love to have with them.

AmyG Exactly. What‘s oddly funny is by banning these books they are actually promoting them…introducing them to kids who now want to know what it‘s all about. Want your kids to do something? Tell them they can‘t. 6mo
TheSpineView @AmyG Exactly! 6mo
TheLudicReader I mean, if I was a kid, I would RUN to the books adults told me not to read. 6mo
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TheBookHippie Checking it out of your library to read does the same thing. ✊🏼 6mo
IamIamIam 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️ 6mo
DivineDiana This has been sitting on my TBR shelves, and it is now going on my To Read list for February. 6mo
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TheBookHippie @DivineDiana It is quite amazing and true story … amazing way to teach or envision the Holocaust. The audacity to ban it 🤦🏻‍♀️ . 6mo
DivineDiana Agree. 😔 6mo
megnews Dumbest excuse ever too. I haven‘t read your article yet but I saw another one that said it‘s because the mice are naked. Since when did mice wear clothes?! Does the book banner understand the atrocities of the Holocaust on any level at all? Shame shame shame on him! 6mo
DinoMom My husband was a history teacher and used that book all the time. It‘s ridiculous to me that this is happening! 6mo
ravenlee @megnews apparently they also object to the use of “God damn” in the text. I have no words for this stupidity. 6mo
Julsmarshall This book is a treasure! So infuriating to see this ridiculous crap still happening. 6mo
ImperfectCJ This is bizarre. Hasn't Maus been out since the 80s? Why choose to ban it now? (I mean, why choose to ban it at all, but if one's into book banning, why wait almost 40 years?) 6mo
TheBookHippie @megnews yup. Naked mouse. Just an excuse to not have children learn about the Holocaust. It‘s never what they say -it‘s what happens if kids don‘t have access to history. 6mo
TheBookHippie @ravenlee RIGHT?! 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ 6mo
TheBookHippie @ImperfectCJ Right climate to get it accomplished. 6mo
NaomiO It wasn‘t until it made headlines about it being banded that I even heard of this book. I‘ll definitely be adding it to my list of books to read 6mo
NaomiO @ImperfectCJ It all connected to antisemitism that‘s it. 6mo
ImperfectCJ @NaomiO I think is pretty clearly antisemitism, but that's not a new phenomenon. Maybe the school board just aren't big readers and hadn't realized the book existed until now. Or maybe like @TheBookHippie suggests it's more acceptable to express antisemitism now, at least in some parts of the US. I wonder what other books this school board has banned since the 80s. 6mo
TheBookHippie @ImperfectCJ can you imagine what else they‘ve banned? 🤦🏻‍♀️ 6mo
TheBookHippie @NaomiO It‘s an amazing trilogy you can buy the complete works as well. You‘re correct of course, antisemitism. Never goes away but seems to get a strong hold in certain “climates” such as now. 6mo
NaomiO @ImperfectCJ Oh yes I definitely believe what @TheBookHippie said it is more acceptable to express antisemitism now. 6mo
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Anyone know a place in McMinn County, TN where we can mail copies of Maus en masse? I can't say I'm surprised that this incredible work has been banned, but I'm plenty pissed about it. Maus is one of the most important, moving, thought-provoking works I've ever read, and I hate that so many students won't have the opportunity to encounter it. Anyone know of any action underway to get this in students' hands?
https://bookriot.com/maus-banned/

RebL 6mo
ravenlee Their reasons for banning it are asinine. Nudity, really? 6mo
mandarchy That's a good question. I would say contact their school librarians. Most teachers have contact info available. But would sending the books jeopardize their jobs? Would the local library be interested? 6mo
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kspenmoll Nude mice are soooo offensive. Scary really what is happening to books/school boards. 6mo
Andrea313 @mandarchy Definitely would not want to make things any harder on teachers, and I would not recommend sending them to schools. But libraries, after-school programs with libraries/literacy components, community orgs with reading programs...I wish there could be an organized effort to just bombard those communities with this wonderful book. 6mo
Andrea313 @ravenlee @kspenmoll Mice nudity. Honestly, you can't make this shit up. 6mo
mandarchy @Andrea313 as a teacher-librarian, I love it when people contact me about donations. They just might be under pressure to decline. I was suggesting you email and ask if they could accept and not just send the books for that reason. 6mo
marleed Wouldn‘t it be fun to have a box full copies to distribute to little free libraries, waiting areas, and coffee shops around town! 6mo
Andrea313 @marleed I'd love to see it! 6mo
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If you haven‘t read MAUS I and II, you should. The idea of banning books (see the news about a school district in eastern TN banning Maus) makes me upset, but banning Spiegelman‘s books about family, war, hate, the Holocaust, inherited legacy, and more is beyond wrong.

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Censorship is alive and well in America. 🤬😭 It makes me want to go buy the book

https://apple.news/Az44jCvKHRCCwX5Ln0Z0Lbw

BookishTrish Absolutely do! It‘s such a powerful book 6mo
wanderinglynn I read about that earlier. This was an East Tennessee county. I grew up in East TN (not this county but. . .) and people wonder why I don‘t want to live there. I didn‘t fit in there when I was there and now I definitely don‘t fit in. Makes me want to buy a box of these GNs and hand them out. 6mo
Texreader @wanderinglynn Maybe we put them in little free libraries! 6mo
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wanderinglynn I really would love to give them to the school board‘s kids 😆 6mo
KathyWheeler You should! There are two volumes, or you can buy (edited) 6mo
JamieArc I think this was the first graphic novel I have ever read. I had to read it for French class. It‘s a bit of a classic. Definitely worth the read. And of course, infuriating that it‘s been banned 🤬 6mo
Adventures-of-a-French-Reader I don't get book censorship, or the question "Is this book appropriate for a X year old?" People are such hypocrites. They are so worried about what their dear little children could be reading, but they have no problem letting a tablet entertain their kids, or have their kids play violent video games... 6mo
Texreader @BookishTrish @KathyWheeler @JamieArc Thank you for the recommendation! I‘ll bet ya a lot of people who hadn‘t heard of it will read it now thanks to the censorship. 6mo
Texreader @Adventures-of-a-French-Reader Amen! I didn‘t know you are in San Antonio! Where do you like to go book-shopping? 6mo
Adventures-of-a-French-Reader @Texreader I recently moved in San Antonio. I went to the bookstore once at Pearl, it's a nice one. I also like the Book cellar (if I'm not messing up the name). Unfortunately, I just drive around my small neighborhood, so I don't go there often. 6mo
britt_brooke Inspired me to finally grab these books off my shelf. They‘ve been sitting there waiting for the right time. 6mo
Texreader @britt_brooke The right time has seemed to arrive. Sadly for the wrong reasons. 6mo
Texreader @Adventures-of-a-French-Reader Well let me welcome you!! I haven‘t heard of the Book Cellar! I see it‘s in the big library downtown. I work downtown and walking distance to the library. I‘m going to have to go check it out. If you‘re ever interested we could do a meet-up at Nowhere. 6mo
Adventures-of-a-French-Reader @Texreader A meet-up at Nowhere would be great! I've never been there ;) 6mo
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