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Mountain Library Rejects Bestselling Book

Updated: Wednesday, December 12 2012, 05:19 PM EST
They are some of the best-selling books of the year, but a public library in the mountains is refusing to carry them.

The Rutherford Library says The 50 Shades of Gray trilogy books, all of which have been on multiple bestseller lists all year, are not welcome.

The books man headlines for it's controversial sexual content, and some, including Rutherford County Library Director, say it's inappropriate.

"This particular book was rejected based on the content," says director Martha Schatz. "I have seen portions of the book. They're very explicit in their descriptions, and they just do not meet the criteria we have when we buy a particular title."

Schatz has been the director for 29 years and says this is the first book they've had issues with.

The series has become water cooler fodder nationwide for it's racy, and some call raunchy, sex scenes and controversial story line.

The books been a big seller for other local retailers, "as far as numbers sold on a specific title, it's outrageous," says Chase Lancaster from Fireside Books, "I mean, we were selling 15 copies a day sometimes."

Local municipal libraries carry the books and right now the joint Rutherford-Polk County library wait list has an average of a dozen patrons hoping to get their hands on one of James' books.

Sherri Crain, "I think everybody has different tastes in what they read and they should have that opinion and that right to do that."

Libraries in this area carrying the books say, at the height of the Fifty Shades craze there were about 25 people on the wait list for just one copy.

By Ashlea Surles
Follow Ashlea on Twitter @AshleaSurlesMountain Library Rejects Bestselling Book


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