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November 2017

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we wrote a list of books about the thing we’re all the most thankful for: family!

 

  • Watsons Go to Birmingham– Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Pride and Prejudice– Jane Austen
  • My Sister’s Keeper– Jodi Picoult
  • Little Women– Louisa May Alcott
  • Angela’s Ashes- Frank McCourt
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn– Betty Smith
  • Roots- Alice Haley
  • The Godfather- Mario Puzo
  • My Brother Sam is Dead– James Lincoln and Christopher Collier
  • The Brother Karamazov- Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • The Glass Castle– Jeannette Walls
  • The Joy Luck Club – Amy Tan
  • The Man Who Loved Clowns– June Rae Wood
  •  Little House on the Prairie– Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • The Blind Side- Michael L. Lewis

 

October 2017

In honor of the eerie autumn season, this month’s book recommendations are a compilation of horror, thriller, and classic tales to frighten even the most fearless readers.

 

  • Something Wicked This Way Comes – Ray Bradbury
  • At the Mountains of Madness – H.P. Lovecraft
  • The Raven – Edgar Allan Poe
  • Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
  • The Shining – Stephen King
  • Dracula Bram Stoker
  • Interview With the Vampire   Anne Rice
  • The Portrait of Dorian Grey – Oscar Wilde
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis
  • The Phantom of The Opera – Gaston Leroux
  • The Phantom Dean Koontz
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow – Washington Irving
  • Silence of the Lambs Thomas Harris
  • The Haunting of Hill House – Shirley Jackson
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Jane Goldman

 

September 2017

This month in recognition of Banned Books Week, Sept. 24-30, all the books listed have been challenged or banned.

  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn- Mark Twain

Genre: Folklore, comedy, satire

Reasons for being challenged: alleged racism

  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer- Mark Twain

Genre: Folklore, comedy, satire

Reasons for being challenged: alleged racism, alleged anti-capitalist messages.

  • Brave New World- Aldous Huxley

Genre: Sci-Fi, dystopia

Reasons for being challenged: Sexual content, Alleged racism, alleged anti-Christianity, violence

  1. Of Mice and Men– John Steinbeck

Genre: Novella, Tragedy

Reasons for being challenged: violence, profanity

  • Fahrenheit 451– Ray Bradbury

Genre: Sci-Fi, dystopia

Reasons for being challenged: Alleged anti-religious messages, sexual content, violence, drug useage.

  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian- Sherman Alexie

Genre: YA Fiction

Reasons for being challenged: Sexual content, alleged racism, alleged bullying, profanity.

  • To Kill a Mockingbird– Harper Lee

Genre: Historical Fiction

Reasons for being challenged: Alleged racism, profanity.

  • The Call of the Wild- Jack London

Genre: Adventure Fiction

Reasons for being banned: Violence..

  • A Clockwork Orange– Anthony Burgess

Genre: Dystopian, Sci-Fi

Reasons for being banned: Profanity, alleged racism, alleged sexism, alleged anti-religious messages, sexual content, drug usage, violence.

  • Moby Dick-  Herman Melville

Genre: Adventure Fiction

Violence, alleged whaling advocacy, alleged racism.

  • The Scarlet Letter- Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Genre: Historical Fiction

Reasons for being banned: Sexual content, alleged immorality.

  • A Streetcar Named Desire– Tennessee Williams

Genre: Romance, southern gothic

Reasons for being banned: Sexual content

  • The Canterbury Tales– Geoffrey Chaucer

Genre: Comedy, poetry, satire

Reasons for being banned: Profanity, alleged racism, alleged sexism, sexual content.

  • Looking for Alaska- John Green

Genre: YA fiction

Reasons for being banned: Sexual Content, profanity, unsuitable religious viewpoints.

  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower– Stephen Chbosky

Genre: YA fiction

Reasons for being banned: Profanity, drugs, smoking, alcohol, homosexuality.

 

 

 

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