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AIDS Memoir Pulled from Library

AIDS Memoir Pulled from Library


A memoir was pulled from the general circulation of a middle school library in Tennessee because of the author's accounts of promiscuity, the AIDS-related death of his lover and his use of profane language.

A 12-year-old student checked out Paul Monette's memoir, Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir, from the Cheatham Middle School library. Her mother, Misty Binkley, told WSMV News that the book was not appropriate to have in a middle school library, but was perhaps more appropriate for older students.

After Binkley complained, the school’s policy changed to adapt to parents' inquiries. Previously, books that were the subject of complaint would undergo a two week review process, which has been changed to take place over the course of two days.

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