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December 16, 2017

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Books, Movies & Music : Banned and Challenged Books

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"If there's a possibility that something might be controversial, then why not eliminate it?" A Wild Rose, WI School District administrator.

 

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Brave New World

Brave New World
Huxley, Aldous

This 1932 dystopian classic has weathered repeated assaults against its alleged negativity and the incorporation of drugs, sexuality and suicide as part of a plot against social freedom.


Format: Book
Holds: 4 on 28 copies

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A Prayer for Owen Meany: A Novel

A Prayer for Owen Meany: A Novel
Irving, John

This book is most often challenged on the basis of its antiwar message and unusual take on religion. It was restricted in the Peninsula, WA School District.


Format: Book
Holds: 0 on 0 copies

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Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey
James, E. L.

The Brevard County Libraries in Florida pulled copies of this book and the next two sequels from its libraries in spring 2012 because of “controversial content.” The decision was reversed 19 days later in response to public demand.


Format: Book
Holds: 0 on 13 copies

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The Bluest Eye: A Novel

The Bluest Eye: A Novel
Morrison, Toni

This small, powerful novel has been called "blasphemous" and "evil" for its depiction of the creator as both good and malevolent and for condemning Christianity for losing sight of true godliness. It was challenged every year 2004 – 2009.


Format: Book
Holds: 0 on 24 copies

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My Sister's Keeper: A Novel

My Sister's Keeper: A Novel
Picoult, Jodi

Picoult’s book about a girl who exists only to supply her leukemic sister with bone marrow appears as one of the top ten challenged books of 2009 because of sexual explicitness, homosexuality, suicide, violence, religious viewpoint, offensive language and drug use.


Format: Book
Holds: 0 on 0 copies

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The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye
Salinger, J. D.

A perennial classic dealing with issues of identity and alienation, this book has been repeatedly challenged since its publication in 1951, for vulgar language, questions about sexuality and teen angst.


Format: Book
Holds: 1 on 14 copies

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Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men
Steinbeck, John

In 2008, a parent of a student in Olathe, Kansas called this tragic tale of two ranch hands on the lam a “worthless, profanity-riddled book” which is “derogatory towards African Americans, women and the developmentally disabled.” Restricted in the Lake Washington, WA School District.


Format: Book
Holds: 0 on 29 copies

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Welcome to the Monkey House: A Collection of Short Works

Welcome to the Monkey House: A Collection of Short Works
Vonnegut, Kurt

In 1970 a teacher was dismissed for assigning this collection of short stories to her 11th grade English class. The book is still controversial because it contains scenes of euthanasia and “free sex.”


Format: Book
Holds: 3 on 14 copies

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The Color Purple

The Color Purple
Walker, Alice

A poignant and tragic view of slavery, this novel was challenged in an Oakland, CA high school honors class (1984) due to its “troubling ideas about race relations, man’s relationship to God, African history and human sexuality.”


Format: Book
Holds: 2 on 39 copies

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Black Boy: (American Hunger) : A Record of Childhood and Youth

Black Boy: (American Hunger) : A Record of Childhood and Youth
Wright, Richard

Wright’s autobiography, beginning shortly after the end of slavery and running through the Jim Crow era, contains sex scenes that raised objections at Howell High School in Michigan in 2007 and 2008.


Format: Book
Holds: 3 on 13 copies

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