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Banned Books



Banned Books Banned Books Week is the only national celebration around the freedom to read, observed in 2013 from September 22 through September 28.

Why do people challenge and ban books? We've searched everywhere for the answer to this question and it remains a mystery. Michael Powell has been adamant about the importance of free expression and has participated in many anti-censorship efforts. In fact, his advocacy for the freedom to read resulted in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit finding unconstitutional two Oregon statutes that criminalize distributing sex education and other non-obscene materials to minors. (Click here to read more about the court's ruling.)

Sadly, banning books is not a thing of the past. Take a look at our Banned Books aisle to view those frequently banned and challenged over the last two decades and don't be surprised to see many of your favorites. For some of the stories behind this year's books, please visit the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE) website.



Water for Elephants
Water for Elephants
by Sara Gruen
Staff Pick
Well, first, I am a sucker for any book set at the circus. But throw in the massive talent that Sara Gruen has and then tell me a love story? Far from the cliché book club pick, Water for Elephants will be read for your next club meeting and then you'll... (read more)

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Children's Young Adult
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To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
Staff Pick
We didn't read this in high school. The assigned book was The Scarlet Letter, which was already a favorite of mine. Recently, however, I decided that I'd ignored To Kill a Mockingbird for too long. If you haven't read it, or if it's been awhile since you... (read more)

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Eleanor and Park
Eleanor and Park
by Rainbow Rowell
Staff Pick
This is the perfect teen romance. Set in 1986, the characters bond over mixtapes, comic books, and feeling like outsiders. Both sad and hopeful, this is one of the best YA books I've read this year.... (read more)

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Erotica
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Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades Trilogy #1)
Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades Trilogy #1)
by E. L. James
Publisher Comments
When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his... (read more)

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Invisible Man
Invisible Man
by Ralph Ellison
Publisher Comments
Invisible Man is a milestone in American literature, a book that has continued to engage readers since its appearance in 1952.  A first novel by an unknown writer, it remained on the bestseller list for sixteen weeks, won the National Book... (read more)

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Literature
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
by Maya Angelou
Publisher Comments
A phenomenal #1 bestseller that has appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for nearly three years, this memoir traces Maya Angelou's childhood in a small, rural community during the 1930s. Filled with images and recollections that point to the... (read more)

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Science Fiction and Fantasy
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Slaughterhouse-Five
Slaughterhouse-Five
by Kurt Vonnegut
Publisher Comments
Slaughterhous-Five is one of the world's great anti-war books. Centering on the infamous fire-bombing of Dresden, Billy Pilgrim's odyssey through time reflects the mythic journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we are afraid... (read more)

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The New Captain Underpants Collection
The New Captain Underpants Collection
by Dav Pilkey
Publisher Comments
It's got FIVE times the action! FIVE times the adventure! FIVE times the Flip-O-Rama! Now you can have the first FIVE Captain Underpants books in one boxed set! Tra-La-Laaaaa! Join George and Harold on FIVE hilarious adventures with the amazing Captain... (read more)

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Featured Titles
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Bless Me, Ultima
Bless Me, Ultima
by Rudolfo A. Anaya
Publisher Comments
Exquisite prose and wondrous storytelling have helped make Rudolfo Anaya the father of Chicano literature in English. Indeed, Anaya's tales fairly shimmer with the haunting beauty and richness of his culture. The winner of the Pen Center West Award for... (read more)

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
by Stephen Chbosky
Staff Pick
This coming-of-age story absolutely shines. Charlie is your average teenager trying to navigate the treacherous waters of adolescence, yet he's so much more than that. Recognizing something special in Charlie, a teacher feeds him literature and tries to... (read more)

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Children's
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A Light in the Attic
A Light in the Attic
by Shel Silverstein
Publisher Comments
Last night while I lay thinking here Some Whatifs crawled inside my ear And pranced and partied all night long And sang their same old Whatif song: Whatif I flunk that test? Whatif green hair grows on my chest? Whatif nobody likes me? Whatif a bolt of... (read more)

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Children's Middle Readers
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The Giver
The Giver
by Lois Lowry
Publisher Comments
In Jonas' perfect world, everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. But when Jonas learns the truth, there is no turning back. In a utopian community where there are no choices — where everyone has his or her place in the... (read more)

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Carrie
Carrie
by Stephen King
Publisher Comments
A modern classic, Carrie introduced a distinctive new voice in American fiction -- Stephen King. The story of misunderstood high school girl Carrie White, her extraordinary telekinetic powers, and her violent rampage of revenge, remains one of the most... (read more)

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Literary Criticism
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
by Maya Angelou
Publisher Comments
Here is a book as joyous and painful, and as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Maya... (read more)

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Biology
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The Hot Zone
The Hot Zone
by Richard Preston
Publisher Comments
"Popular science writing at its best and the years most infectious page-turner" (People), this two-million-copy bestseller is "a top-drawer horror story...the best literary roller coaster of the fall" (Newsweek).... (read more)

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Horror
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American Psycho
American Psycho
by Bret Easton Ellis
Publisher Comments
Now a major motion picture from Lion's Gate Films starring Christian Bale (Metroland), Chloe Sevigny (The Last Days of Disco), Jared Leto (My So Called Life), and Reese Witherspoon (Cruel Intentions), and directed by Mary Harron (I Shot Andy Warhol). In... (read more)

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Sale Books
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Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America
by Barbara Ehrenreich
Publisher Comments
Our sharpest and most original social critic goes "undercover" as an unskilled worker to reveal the dark side of American prosperity. Millions of Americans work full time, year round, for poverty-level wages. In 1998, Barbara Ehrenreich decided to join... (read more)

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Used Books
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Monster
Monster
by Walter Dean Myers
Publisher Comments
FADE IN: INTERIOR: Early morning in CELL BLOCK D, MANHATTAN DETENTION CENTER. Steve (Voice-Over) Sometimes I feel like I have walked into the middle of a movie. Maybe I can make my own movie. The film will be the story of my life. No, not my life, but of... (read more)

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Snow Falling on Cedars
Snow Falling on Cedars
by David Guterson
Publisher Comments
Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award American Booksellers Association Book of the Year Award San Piedro Island, north of Puget Sound, is a place so isolated that no one who lives there can afford to make enemies.  But in 1954 a local fisherman is... (read more)

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Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades Trilogy #1)
Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades Trilogy #1)
by E. L. James
Publisher Comments
When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his... (read more)

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Bestsellers

Wednesday,
July 30, 2014
To Kill a Mockingbird
  1. To Kill a Mockingbird
    by Harper Lee
  2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
    by Sherman Alexie
  3. Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades Trilogy #1)
    by E. L. James
  4. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
    by Maya Angelou
  5. Eleanor and Park
    by Rainbow Rowell
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