Reading's Fundamentalist

Gay Penguin Book Still #1 in Scaring Conservative Readers

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For the third consecutive year the 2005 book And Tango Makes Three, based on a true story about two gay male penguins at the Central Park Zoo who raise a baby girl chick together, tops the American Library Association’s list of the “most frequently challenged” titles, calculated by how many complaints library patrons file against any title. Equally worth a laugh: Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (racism!), Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (sex!), and Alice Walker’s The Color Purple (homos!) all dropped off from the 2008 tally, while Cecily von Ziegesar’s Gossip Girl scores at No. 7. The full list: