Go Tell it on the Mountain
by James Baldwin.
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American Library Association2010Challenged as required reading in the Hudson Falls, NY schools (1994) because the book has recurring themes of rape, masturbation, violence, and degrading treatment of women. Challenged as a ninth-grade summer reading option in Prince William County, VA (1988) because the book is "rife with profanity and explicit sex."

Book Summary: The story of John Grimes, who must come to grips with the cruel treatment he receives from his father as well as with the power of religion, Go Tell It on the Mountain is highly autobiographical. In a style that is at once delicate and intense, Baldwin describes how John must undergo a conversion before he can face the struggles that he will encounter in his adult life. Set in Harlem’s Temple of the Fire Baptised on the day of John’s fourteenth birthday, the novel uses a complex mix of flashbacks along with its internal point of view to focus on the boy’s religious conversion. ("Explanation of: 'Go Tell It on the Mountain' by James Baldwin." LitFinder Contemporary Collection. Detroit: Gale, 2010. LitFinder. Web. 20 Sep. 2011.)
Book Summary2010The story of John Grimes, who must come to grips with the cruel treatment he receives from his father as well as with the power of religion, Go Tell It on the Mountain is highly autobiographical. In a style that is at once delicate and intense, Baldwin describes how John must undergo a conversion before he can face the struggles that he will encounter in his adult life. Set in Harlem’s Temple of the Fire Baptised on the day of John’s fourteenth birthday, the novel uses a complex mix of flashbacks along with its internal point of view to focus on the boy’s religious conversion. ("Explanation of: 'Go Tell It on the Mountain' by James Baldwin." LitFinder Contemporary Collection. Detroit: Gale, 2010. LitFinder. Web. 20 Sep. 2011.)
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