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Tue., Sept. 25, 2012, 9:24 a.m.

Nampa school district pulls ‘Like Water for Chocolate’ after parents complain

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: NAMPA, Idaho (AP) ― A school district in southwestern Idaho is removing the book "Like Water for Chocolate" from a ninth grade curriculum after some parents complained about passages including descriptions of sexual encounters. The Idaho Press-Tribune reports ( Nampa School Board Chairman Scott Kido received 15 emails Sunday about the book by Mexican author Laura Esquivel. Kido says he agreed the book seemed inappropriate and it will be pulled. Parent who complained called the novel a "vile piece of work" with "an immense amount of pornography." Esquivel shot to fame in the late 1980s with the book, which has been translated from the original Spanish into numerous languages. The passionate tale of unrequited love became an international best seller and later one of the highest-grossing foreign films ever released in the United States.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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