Books Too Embarrassing To Read In Public

Dysfunctional Literacy

There's a book I'd never read in public, and I'm not going to put its image where somebody I know could associate the book with me. (image via Wikimedia) There’s a book I’d never read in public, and I’m not going to put its image where somebody I know could associate the book with me. (image via Wikimedia)

This week I got lectured at by a co-worker for reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in public. It’s a long story, and I’ll tell it soon, but I’m embarrassed by something I did (it had nothing to do with reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in public). But being criticized about it made me think about the books that I don’t want to be seen reading.

When I was in junior high, I had a copy of Massage Parlor II by Jennifer Sills. I probably shouldn’t have had it, but I did, and I read it during study hall in school. No teacher ever took it away from me. Study hall teachers seemed to only care if students talked, so if…

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Derek Berry is a novelist, poet, and student located in Charleston, SC.

Posted on June 13, 2015, in Writing. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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