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Literature and the New Culture Wars: Triggers, Cancel Culture, and the Teacher's Dilemma

by Deborah Appleman Author

In this exploration of the current culture war controversies surrounding literature in public schools, author Deborah Appleman sets out to delineate which books are still worth reading in this politically contentious climate. First and foremost, Appleman is interested in discovering ways to read texts that challenge our sensibilities in a way that doesn't cause harm. Rather than shying away from controversy, Appleman wants all of us to lean into difficult books and have the hard conversations that they prompt. As teachers struggle to put together curriculums that won't result in heated and unproductive arguments, Appleman's book couldn't have come at a better time. A worthwhile read for educators and parents alike.