Pat Conroy's Dirty Bestsellers



A West Virginia school district is going apesh@t over two classics by Pat Conroy, the almost-local favorite author.

"Beach Music" and "The Prince of Tides" were suspended from two English classes at Nitro High School earlier this fall. Committees were formed to read each book separately and make recommendations to the board. The first committee that read "Beach Music" voted to allow the book and its discussions back into the system, but the board did not act on the recommendation Monday.

Instead, a board member called for a rating system.

"This is not the movie industry," said Nitro teacher Steve Shamblin. "You can tell what's in a book by opening a book and reading it." Shamblin had noted both books were deemed age-appropriate for high school upperclassmen by several literacy groups.

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