N.J. district yanks 2 books from school’s summer reading

Monday, August 29, 2011

A New Jersey school district has removed two books from a high school’s summer reading lists after receiving complaints from parents, according to news reports.

Officials in the Monroe Township School District removed Haruki Murakami’s Norwegian Wood from the 10th-grade honors English list at Williamstown High School and Nic Sheff’s Tweak (Growing up on Methamphetamines) from the school’s 12th-grade list.

According to the Gloucester County Times, parents objected to Norwegian Wood because it “includes a graphic depiction of a lesbian sex scene between a 31-year-old woman and a 13-year-old girl” and Tweak because it “describes a drug-fueled, homosexual orgy.” The Courier-Post of Cherry Hill, N.J., and the Huffington Post also have reported on the books’ removal.