The House on Mango Street – One of Tucson's Banned Books

I’ve been trying to figure out a way to do something about Arizona shutting down the Mexican-American studies program in Tucson. I wanted to show solidarity with the students there who are being denied their right to learn about their history.

Well, I don’t know if this is the way to do it, but I made a video last week where I read one of the books that has been banned from the curriculum. I then learned that there is an entire website devoted to doing this very thing. It’s called Banning History in Arizona.

In this video I read the first chapter from “The House on Mango Street.” It’s ne of the books that is not allowed to be taught at TUSD, the school district I graduated from many years ago. Let me know what you think.


  1. That is really upsetting to hear. THAT book inspired me to write. THAT book helped me understand where my Mexican-American husband was coming from. That is terrible. I think what you’re doing is awesome and thank you for making me aware.

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