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Oprah Removes Book from Reading List

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on November 13, 2007


Oprah Winfrey recently removed a discredited book, The Education of Little Tree by Forrest Carter,  from the recommended reading list on her website. The book began to arouse suspicion shortly after it was published in 1976, partly because the author was identified as Asa Earl Carter, a member of the Ku Klux Klan and a segregationist speechwriter for racist Alabama governor George Wallace. The book claimed to be the nonfiction story of a boy raised by his Cherokee grandparents, and sold millions of copies. Oprah admits she was once fond of the book because of the boys relationship with his grandparents and his love of nature, but she took it off her shelf when she learned of Carter’s true background. For a complete story about this incident, click here. For an informative article written by a librarian who is also a Nambe Pueblo Indian woman click here.

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