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Award-Winning African-American Books

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'The Color Purple' by Alice Walker

Edgy tale of poor, abused woman's journey to independence.

Age: 13+

What Parents Should Know: Parents need to know that "The Color Purple" is a moving, inspirational novel told in letters that includes an abundance of mature content: explicit sex, rape, incest, sexism and violence toward women, and a lesbian relationship. The book vividly portrays the harsh life of rural, poor African Americans, especially women, in the pre-civil rights South, and has been criticized for its negative depiction of African-American men. It ranked No. 17 on the American Library Association's list of the 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books 2000-2009 due to its sex, violence, and strong language. The novel was adapted for Steven Spielberg's successful 1985 film version and a 2005 Broadway musical. —Common Sense Media (Photo: Atheneum)

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