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Banned books

In honor of Banned Books Week, I thought I’d share with you some of my favorites. My bookshelves are filled with books that have been under attack in schools and libraries throughout the United States.

If you don’t want to read a book, don’t read it! But don’t tell others they shouldn’t read it. There’s this little thing called the First Amendment…

Why are my favorites banned? Here are the reasons posted on the American Library Association website.

  • Brave New World: insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit
  • Bridge to Terabithia: occult/Satanism, offensive language (somehow in all my readings of this I have missed the Satanism!)
  • Persepolis: gambling, offensive language, political viewpoint. Additional reasons: “politically, racially, and socially offensive,” “graphic depictions”
  • Fun Home: I didn’t see this on ALA’s list, but here’s one story in which Duke University freshmen refused to read the book.

What are you favorite banned books?