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Porn or Not Porn? Read ‘Prep’ With Us

The Emmaus and Lower Macungie Patch editors invite Patch readers to be part of a virtual book discussion group on the controversial work 'Prep' by Curtis Sittenfeld.

There have been many interesting conversations both online and in and around this week surrounding two books on the optional summer reading list and whether those books are “pornographic.”

This issue took center stage following Monday night's board meeting at which School Director Julian Stolz moved to pull the books -- "Prep" by Curtis Sittenfeld and Tom Wolfe's "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" -- from the high school's summer reading list after two parents complained about the books' content. The books come with warnings from the school about "mature" content.

The board will consider the measure at its next meeting on Sept. 24, a week before the start of Banned Books Week 2012.

“Prep,” which is on the a 9th-grade summer reading list, has been .

Last night, staff in the Barnes & Noble in the Promenade Shops in Center Valley told Patch that “Prep” is also flying off of the stores’ shelves this week, due to the throngs of Emmaus High School constituents looking to read the .

I’m looking to read the book too, as is my colleague Mariella Savidge, Lower Macungie Patch editor. And we want you to read it along with us.

We are looking for volunteers to participate in a virtual book discussion group on “Prep,” so that we can talk about the merits of the work. As you may have guessed, we particularly want our Patch readers to

We intend to publish the opinions of this book discussion group on both the Emmaus and Lower Macungie Patch sites next week. So, if you are interested in participating in an East Penn Patch book discussion group on “Prep,” please email jennifer.marangos@patch.com or mariella.savidge@patch.com.

Why not? You apparently have the book already.

If you are interested in reading "Prep" with us, please include in the email your name, the municipality in which you live, and whether or not you have children in East Penn School District (you don't have to). We'll choose people on a first-come, first-served basis.

Ronald Weaver September 16, 2012 at 01:16 AM
In most cases maturity developes from a good family envirornment where children are taught good moral teachings and life examples when they are young. A good Biblical verse.... Train a child in the way they should go and when they are old they will not depart from it. Believe the Bible or not, it works in more cases then a child brought up in a disfunctional home environment with little moral training and example. Exposing our young children to very questionable books as mentioned will do little to prepare them when they enter the combat zone. A good wholesome basis will create in them the maturity and wisdom to make better choices when they get out in the so-called real world. Eposing them to so-called porn or improper material for a developing mind as children is not going to help prepare them to deal with life temptation. Provide a good basis and they in most cases will make the right choices.
tamarya September 16, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Probably 50 yrs ago parents wouldn't have argued a book, heck even in my age as a child, parents cursed at or around kids, then we got smacked in the mouth if we repeated what was heard. Now instead of teaching it is sheltering.
Jennifer Elston September 17, 2012 at 10:07 PM
I will gladly read once a friend gives me her copy:)
Tammy September 25, 2012 at 05:00 PM
All of this while East Penn mothers were gushing all summer about "Shades of Grey" to their family and friends...
Lisa Amey September 26, 2012 at 04:33 PM
I just finished reading this. I wouldn't feel right about judging a book without reading the whole thing myself. It definitely DOES NOT meet the definition of pornography! On the other hand, I also read the entire Fifty Shades trilogy this past summer, and that of course definitely DOES!

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