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  •  There was a famous list I had a decade ago, and (5+ / 0-)

    I made the point of reading them all, or in many cases, rereading them.

    Pity I cannot find it. Anyway, the 2009 list of banned books is:

    Scary Stories (Series) by Alvin Schwartz
    Daddy's Roommate by Michael Willhoite
    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
    The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
    Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling
    Forever by Judy Blume
    Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
    Alice (Series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
    Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
    My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
    The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
    The Giver by Lois Lowry
    It's Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
    Goosebumps (Series) by R.L. Stine
    A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck
    The Color Purple by Alice Walker
    Sex by Madonna
    Earth's Children (Series) by Jean M. Auel
    The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
    A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
    Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
    Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
    In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
    The Stupids (Series) by Harry Allard
    The Witches by Roald Dahl
    The New Joy of Gay Sex by Charles Silverstein
    Anastasia Krupnik (Series) by Lois Lowry
    The Goats by Brock Cole
    Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane
    Blubber by Judy Blume
    Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan
    Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam
    We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier
    Final Exit by Derek Humphry
    The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
    Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
    The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
    What's Happening to my Body? Book for Girls: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Daughters by Lynda Madaras
    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    Beloved by Toni Morrison
    The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
    The Pigman by Paul Zindel
    Bumps in the Night by Harry Allard
    Deenie by Judy Blume
    Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
    Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden
    The Boy Who Lost His Face by Louis Sachar
    Cross Your Fingers, Spit in Your Hat by Alvin Schwartz
    A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
    Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice)
    Asking About Sex and Growing Up by Joanna Cole
    Cujo by Stephen King
    James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
    The Anarchist Cookbook by William Powell
    Boys and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
    Ordinary People by Judith Guest
    American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
    What's Happening to my Body? Book for Boys: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Sons by Lynda Madaras
    Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
    Crazy Lady by Jane Conly
    Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher
    Fade by Robert Cormier
    Guess What? by Mem Fox
    The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
    The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney
    Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
    Lord of the Flies by William Golding
    Native Son by Richard Wright
    Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women's Fantasies by Nancy Friday
    Curses, Hexes and Spells by Daniel Cohen
    Jack by A.M. Homes
    Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo A. Anaya
    Where Did I Come From? by Peter Mayle
    Carrie by Stephen King
    Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
    On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer
    Arizona Kid by Ron Koertge
    Family Secrets by Norma Klein
    Mommy Laid An Egg by Babette Cole
    The Dead Zone by Stephen King
    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
    Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
    Always Running by Luis Rodriguez
    Private Parts by Howard Stern
    Where's Waldo? by Martin Hanford
    Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene
    Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman
    Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
    Running Loose by Chris Crutcher
    Sex Education by Jenny Davis
    The Drowning of Stephen Jones by Bette Greene
    Girls and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
    Sex Game: A Game of Curiosity by Marcus Blake
    View from the Cherry Tree by Willo Davis Roberts
    The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
    The Terrorist by Caroline Cooney
    Jump Ship to Freedom by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier

    Unfortunately, out of the first 25, there are 9 that I never saw, much less read. I must do something about that.

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Sat Jan 30, 2010 at 05:57:02 AM PST

    •  What a list it is! (3+ / 0-)
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      bronte17, agnostic, dov12348

      There are some mighty fine works on the Banned Books list every year, and I too try to read every one if I have the time.  I guess that's pretty easy for me since my wife is a librarian at a major academic library that holds no truck with censorship.

      Still, I must admit, as a teacher there is one set of books on the list that probably doesn't belong in a K-12 school's library: Rice's Sleeping Beauty trilogy.  It really is unabashed pornography with heavy B&D content that might tend to confuse young folks still trying to understand their own sexuality.  Some could handle it, some might not.  Not that that's any excuse for banning it in general, of course, but a good school librarian would never buy it for the collection in the first place.

      And before anyone goes ballistic, I know the Beauty books well because I've own a set for almost two decades.  I'd never want to see such masterful writing about the extremes of sex and desire banned, but children do need some breathing room from the fantasies of us jaded adults.

      Conservito delenda est pro is deleo orbis terrarum!

      by Stwriley on Sat Jan 30, 2010 at 09:05:19 AM PST

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    •  Rachel Carson's Silent Spring has been banned (2+ / 0-)
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      as has Like Water for Chocolate on some lists.

      The major lists though are from the ALA. List of banned/challenged classics from the American Library Association (ALA) and the whys and whos of the banning:

      1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
      1. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
      1. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
      1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
      1. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
      1. Ulysses by James Joyce
      1. Beloved by Toni Morrison
      1. The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
      1. 1984 by George Orwell
      1. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
      1. Lolita by Vladmir Nabokov
      1. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
      1. Charlotte's Web by E. B. White
      1. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
      1. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
      1. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
      1. Animal Farm by George Orwell
      1. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
      1. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
      1. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
      1. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
      1. Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
      1. Their Eyes are Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
      1. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
      1. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
      1. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
      1. Native Son by Richard Wright
      1. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
      1. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
      1. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
      1. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
      1. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
      1. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
      1. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
      1. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
      1. Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin
      1. The World According to Garp by John Irving
      1. All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren
      1. A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
      1. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
      1. Schindler's List by Thomas Keneally
      1. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
      1. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
      1. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce
      1. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
      1. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
      1. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
      1. Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence
      1. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
      1. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
      1. My Antonia by Willa Cather
      1. Howards End by E. M. Forster
      1. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
      1. Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
      1. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
      1. Jazz by Toni Morrison
      1. Sophie's Choice by William Styron
      1. Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
      1. A Passage to India by E. M. Forster
      1. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
      1. A Good Man Is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Connor
      1. Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
      1. Orlando by Virginia Woolf
      1. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence
      1. Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
      1. Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
      1. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
      1. Light in August by William Faulkner
      1. The Wings of the Dove by Henry James
      1. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
      1. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
      1. A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
      1. Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
      1. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
      1. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence
      1. Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe
      1. In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway
      1. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein
      1. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
      1. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
      1. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
      1. White Noise by Don DeLillo
      1. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
      1. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
      1. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
      1. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
      1. The Bostonians by Henry James
      1. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
      1. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
      1. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
      1. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
      1. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
      1. The French Lieutenant's Woman by John Fowles
      1. Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis
      1. Kim by Rudyard Kipling
      1. The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
      1. Rabbit, Run by John Updike
      1. Where Angels Fear to Tread by E. M. Forster
      1. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
      1. Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie

      <div style="color: #a00000;"> Our... constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds. Thurgood Marshal

      by bronte17 on Sat Jan 30, 2010 at 09:32:02 AM PST

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    •  Wow. Talk about throwing out the baby with the.. (0+ / 0-)

      ...bathwater.

      Don't do vibrato. There'll be plenty of that naturally later when you're old and shaky. (Miles Davis, quoting his music instructor)

      by dov12348 on Sun Jan 31, 2010 at 04:34:44 AM PST

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