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Banned Books Week Collection

Banned Books Week Collection

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Join Open Road Media in celebrating Banned Books Week this year! Check out this collection to read excerpts from classically banned and challenged books, including: Sophie's Choice by William Styron, The Color Purple by Alice Walker, The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy, Endless Love by Scott Spencer, Candy by Terry Southern, Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George, Summer of My German Soldier, and The Drowning of Stephan Jones by Bette Greene.

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Join Open Road Media in celebrating Banned Books Week this year! Check out this collection to read excerpts from classically banned and challenged books, including: Sophie's Choice by William Styron, The Color Purple by Alice Walker, The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy, Endless Love by Scott Spencer, Candy by Terry Southern, Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George, Summer of My German Soldier, and The Drowning of Stephan Jones by Bette Greene.

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ENDLESS LOVEBy Scott Spencer
When I was seventeen and in full obedience to my heart’s most urgentcommands, I stepped far from the pathway of normal life and in a moment’stime ruined everything I loved—I loved so deeply, and when the love wasinterrupted, when the incorporeal body of love shrank back in terror and myown body was locked away, it was hard for others to believe that a life sonew could suffer so irrevocably. But now, years have passed and the night of August 12, 1967, still divides my life.It was a hot, dense Chicago night. There were no clouds, no stars, nomoon. The lawns looked black and the trees looked blacker; the headlightsof the cars made me think of those brave lights the miners wear, up anddown the choking shaft. And on that thick and ordinary August night, I setfire to a house inside of which were the people I adored more than anyoneelse in the world, and whose home I valued more than the home of my parents.Before I set fire to their house I was hidden on their big woodensemicircular porch, peering into their window. I was in a state of grief. Itwas the agitated, snarling grief of a boy whose long rapturous story has not been understood. My feelings were raw and tender, and I watched theButterfields through the weave of their curtains with tears of true andhelpless longing in my eyes. I could see (and love) that perfect family whilethey went on and on with their evening without seeing me.It was a Saturday night and they were together. Ann and her husband,Hugh, sat in front of the empty fireplace, on the bare pumpkin pine floor.(How I admired them for leaving their good wooden floors uncovered.) Annand Hugh, sitting close, paged through an art book, turning the pages withextraordinary slowness and care. They seemed enraptured with each other that night. At times, their relationship seemed one of perennial courtship;hesitant, impassioned, never at rest. They seldom took each other for grantedand I had never seen married people whose moments of closeness had suchan aura of triumph and relief.Keith Butterfield, my age, the oldest son, and whose passing curiosityin me had been my original admittance into the Butterfield household, alsosat on the floor, not far from his parents, where he fussed with the innards of 

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