MAUS: A Survivor’s Tale, by Art Spiegelman, is a banned book so it made my reading list. Spiegelman interviews his father and shares the father’s memories from the Holocaust. As I recall, the objections to this book included a nude mouse, three curse words, and the account of his mother’s suicide.
1. His mother committed suicide, probably a result of the trauma she experienced. Seemed essential to the story.
2. Imagine an actual curse word cropping up in the telling of the Holocaust story. Totally appropriate and nothing I hadn’t heard as a kid.
3. I never found that nude mouse.
I tried to read this with an eighth grade mindset (not difficult for those who know me). Lots of valuable learning in this book! Glad I read it.