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1000 lashes : because I say what I think
by Badawi, Raif

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"Raif Badawi's is an important voice for all of us to hear" - Salman Rushdie. Raif Badawi, a Saudi Arabian blogger, shared his thoughts on politics, religion, and liberalism online. He was sentenced to 1,000 lashes, ten years in prison, and a fine of 1 million Saudi Riyal, over a quarter of a million U.S. dollars. This politically topical polemic gathers together Badawi's pivotal texts. He expresses his opinions on life in an autocratic-Islamic state under the Sharia and his perception of freedom of expression, human and civil rights, tolerance and the necessary separation of state and religion.
Call Number:
ONLINE and HV6295.S29 B3313 2015




1984
by Orwell, George

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"Many attempts have been made to rid school libraries of 1984 in the nearly 50 years since its publication. In his introduction to Celebrating Censored Books, Lee Burress identified the 30 most frequently challenged books ... 1984 ranked fifth." See Literature Suppressed on Political Grounds for more details. Challenged in the Jackson County, FL (1981) because Orwell's novel is "pro-communist and contained explicit sexual matter." (ALA.org)
Call Number:
PR6029.R8 N49




Ai Weiwei : Yours truly : art, human rights, and the power of writing a letter
by Ai Weiwei

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"Five former prisoners and their loved ones reflect on the experience of receiving hundreds of postcards while imprisoned." Ai Weiwei, is an internationally known Chinese artist, and government critic. In 2009 he was briefly detained and severely beaten by security officials. Again in 2011, following persistent harassment from the authorities, Ai Weiwei was detained for 81 days without charge as part of a wider crackdown on 130 activists detained in February. He has lived outside of China since 2015 and has recreated a full-size replica of his cell as an artwork exhibited around the world. He continues to speak out for individuals whose freedom of expression is at risk.
Call Number:
ONLINE and N7349.A5 A79 2018
Publication Date:
2018




Ai Weiwei's blog : writings, interviews, and digital rants, 2006-2009
by Ai Weiwei

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"In 2006, even though he could barely type, China's most famous artist started blogging. For more than three years, Ai Weiwei turned out a steady stream of scathing social commentary, criticism of government policy, thoughts on art and architecture, and autobiographical writings ... Then, on June 1, 2009, Chinese authorities shut down the blog."
Call Number:
ONLINE and N7349 .A5 A35 2011




aiww: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei
by Howard Brenton

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A timely play based on the true story of an imprisoned Nobel Laureate. On 3 April 2011, as he was boarding a flight to Taipei, the Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei was arrested at Beijing Airport. Advised merely that his travel "could damage state security", he was escorted to a van by officials after which he disappeared for 81 days. On his release, the government claimed that his imprisonment related to tax evasion. NOTE: This book was not challenged or banned. However, It describes the arrest and imprisonment of an author who was persecuted for his writing. ACCESS EBOOK HERE: https://ebookcentral-proquest-com.libproxy.gc.maricopa.edu/lib/gcclibrary-ebooks/detail.action?docID=1205116
Call Number:
ONLINE
Publication Date:
2013




All the King's Men
by Warren, Robert Penn

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Challenged at the Dallas, TX Independent School District high school libraries (1974). (ALA.org)
Call Number:
PS3545.A748 A7




Animal Farm
by Orwell, George

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Animal Farm has been banned or challenged multiple times, especially in classrooms, for its 'political theories', because 'Orwell was a communist' and banned internationally because, 'it criticizes corrupt leaders who abuse political power', etc. (Literature Suppressed on Political Grounds)
Call Number:
PR6029 .R8 A63




As I Lay Dying
by Faulkner, William

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'Banned in the Graves County School District in Mayfield, KY (1986) because it contains "offensive and obscene passages referring to abortion and used God's name in vain." The decision was reversed a week later after intense pressure from the ACLU and considerable negative publicity.' (See ALA.org for more details.)
Call Number:
PS3511.A86 A85




Awakening, The
by Chopin, Kate

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'Retained on the Northwestern Suburban High School District 214 reading list in Arlington Heights, IL along with eight other challenged titles in 2006. A board member, elected amid promises to bring her Christian beliefs into all board decision-making, raised the controversy based on excerpts from the books she'd found on the Internet.' (See ALA.org for more details.)
Call Number:
PS1294.C63 A61




Beloved
by Morrison, Toni

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"Beloved has been challenged in school districts because of the violence that permeates the novel." See Literature Suppressed on Social Grounds for more details.
Call Number:
PS3563 .O8749 B4
Publication Date:
1987




Beloved
by Morrison, Toni

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"A disturbing tale of the horrors of slavery in America &" "In May 1998, the Anaheim Union High School rejected adding the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel to the core reading list for twelfth-grade English class. (See Banned in the USA for more info.)
Call Number:
PS3563 .O8749 B4 2006




Beloved
by Morrison, Toni.

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"Beloved has been challenged in school districts because of the violence that permeates the novel." See Literature Suppressed on Social Grounds for more details.
Call Number:
PS3563 .O8749 B4




Cat's Cradle
by Vonnegut, Kurt

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'The Strongsville, Ohio School Board (1972) voted to withdraw this title from the school library; this action was overturned in 1976 by a U.S. District Court in Minarcini v. Strongsville City School District, 541 F. 2d 577 (6th Cir. 1976).' (See ALA.org and Literatures Suppressed on Political Grounds for more details.
Call Number:
PS3572.O5 C3




Color Purple
by Alice Walker

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The Color Purple has been challenged multiple times and occasionally removed from classrooms. The novel was first challenged in 1984, when parents of students in the Oakland (California) High School honors English class complained that the book was inappropriate reading because of its "sexual and social explicitness," especially its "troubling ideas about race relations ... and human sexuality." The book was removed from the classroom, pending review by the Oakland board of education. (see Literature Suppressed on Social Grounds for more info.)
Call Number:
PS3573.A425 C6

Rank:
17




Color Purple
by Walker, Alice

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The Color Purple has been challenged multiple times and occasionally removed from classrooms. The novel was first challenged in 1984, when parents of students in the Oakland (California) High School honors English class complained that the book was inappropriate reading because of its "sexual and social explicitness," especially its "troubling ideas about race relations ... and human sexuality." The book was removed from the classroom, pending review by the Oakland board of education. (see Literature Suppressed on Social Grounds for more info.)
Call Number:
PS3573.A425 C6




Farewell, Aylis : a non-traditional novel in three works
by Akram A-lisli

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Since the publication of his novella, Stone Dreams, in 2012, writer Akram Aylisli has been subject to an officially-sanctioned harassment campaign. On March 30, 2016, on his way to speak at a literary festival in Italy, he was detained at the airport. He was later charged with hooliganism and resisting the authorities with violence, a charge that carries a penalty of up to three years in prison. He is currently living under de facto house arrest in Baku, Azerbaijan, awaiting possible trial. (PEN America)
Call Number:
ONLINE and PL314.A46 A2 2018
Publication Date:
2018




Go Tell It on the Mountain
by Baldwin, James

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Challenged as required reading in the Hudson Falls, NY schools (1994) because the book has recurring themes of rape, masturbation, violence, and degrading treatment of women. (ALA.org) See Literature Suppressed on Social Grounds for more information.
Call Number:
PS3552.A45 G6




Grapes of Wrath
by Steinbeck, John

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Burned by the East St. Louis, IL Public Library (1939) and barred from the Buffalo, NY Public Library (1939) on the grounds that "vulgar words" were used. Banned in Kansas City, MO (1939). Banned in Kern County CA, the scene of Steinbeck's novel (1939). Banned in Ireland (1953).Removed from two Anniston, Ala. high school libraries (1982), but later reinstated on a restrictive basis. (ALA.org)
Call Number:
PS3537 .T3234 G8 2006




Great Gatsby
by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Challenged at the Baptist College in Charleston, SC (1987) because of "language and sexual references in the book. (ALA.org)
Call Number:
PS3511.I9 G7




I Will Never See the World Again : The Memoir of an Imprisoned Writer
by Ahmet Altan

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A resilient Turkish writer's inspiring account of his imprisonment that provides crucial insight into political censorship amidst the global rise of authoritarianism. The destiny I put down in my novel has become mine. I am now under arrest like the hero I created years ago. … I suffer the pathetic torment of profound helplessness, just as he did… .Novelist Ahmet Altan is one of many writers persecuted by Recep Tayyip Erdoan's oppressive regime. In this extraordinary memoir, written from his prison cell, Altan reflects upon his sentence, on a life whittled down to a courtyard covered by bars, and on the hope and solace a writer's mind can provide, even in the darkest places. Best Book of the Year, Bloomberg News.
Call Number:
ONLINE and PL248.A525 A6 2019
Publication Date:
2019




In Cold Blood
by Capote, Truman

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Banned, but later reinstated after community protests at the Windsor Forest High School in Savannah, GA (2000). The controversy began in early 1999 when a parent complained about sex, violence, and profanity in the book that was part of an Advanced Placement English Class. (ALA.org)
Call Number:
HV6533.K3 C3




Invisible Man
by Ellison, Ralph

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Removed from the high school English reading list in St. Francis, WI (1975). Retained in the Yakima, WA schools (1994) after a five-month dispute over what advanced high school students should read in the classroom. Two parents raised concerns about profanity and images of violence and sexuality in the book and requested that it be removed from the reading list. (ALA.org)
Call Number:
PS3555.L625 I5




Is journalism worth dying for? : final dispatches
by Anna Politkovskaya

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A collection of final dispatches by the famed journalist, including the first translation of the work that may have led to her murder Anna Politkovskaya won international fame for her courageous reporting. … From deeply personal statements about the nature of journalism, to horrendous reports from Chechnya, to sensitive pieces of memoir, to, finally, the first translation of the series of investigative reports that Politkovskaya was working on at the time of her murder--pieces many believe led to her assassination.
Call Number:
ONLINE and DK510.763 .P65413 2011




Jungle
by Sinclair, Upton

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Banned from public libraries in Yugoslavia (1929). Burned in the Nazi bonfires because of Sinclair's socialist views (1933). Banned in East Germany (1956) as inimical to communism. Banned in South Korea (1985). (ALA.org)
Call Number:
PS3537.I85 J85




Lady Chatterley's Lover
by Lawrence, D. H.

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Lady Chatterley's LoverBanned by U.S. Customs (1929). Banned in Ireland (1932), Poland (1932), Australia (1959), Japan (1959), India (1959). Banned in Canada (1960) until 1962. Dissemination of Lawrences novel has been stopped in China (1987) because the book will corrupt the minds of young people and is also against the Chinese tradition.
Call Number:
PR6023.A93 L2




Lolita
by Nabokov, Vladimir

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Banned as obscene in France (1956-1959), in England (1955-59), in Argentina (1959), and in New Zealand (1960). The South African Directorate of Publications announced on November 27, 1982, that Lolita has been taken off the banned list, eight years after a request for permission to market the novel in paperback had been refused. Challenged at the Marion-Levy Public Library System in Ocala, FL (2006). The Marion County commissioners voted to have the county attorney review the novel that addresses the themes of pedophilia and incest, to determine if it meets the state laws definition of unsuitable for minors.
Call Number:
PS3527 .A15 L618




Lord of the flies
by Golding, William

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"Critics at Owen (North Carolina) High School challenged the book in 1981 for being 'demoralizing' by implying that man is little more than an animal, and the appropriateness of the novel as a reading assignment was challenged at Marana (Arizona) High School in 1983." "The Toronto (Ontario, Canada) board of education ruled on June 23, 1988 that the novel is 'racist and recommended that it be removed from all schools,' after parents and members of the black community complained that it degraded blacks because the boys paint themselves and savagely hunt and kill both wild boars and later several of their group, while they refer to themselves as a 'tribe.'" "In 1992, the novel was challenged as indecent by protesters in the Waterloo, Iowa, schools. The challenge was based on perceived profanity, lurid passages, and statements viewed as being derogatory to minorities, women, and the disabled." (See Banned in the USA for more details.)
Call Number:
PR6013.O35 L6




Lord of the Flies
by Golding, William

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"Critics at Owen (North Carolina) High School challenged the book in 1981 for being 'demoralizing' by implying that man is little more than an animal, and the appropriateness of the novel as a reading assignment was challenged at Marana (Arizona) High School in 1983." "The Toronto (Ontario, Canada) board of education ruled on June 23, 1988 that the novel is 'racist and recommended that it be removed from all schools,' after parents and members of the black community complained that it degraded blacks because the boys paint themselves and savagely hunt and kill both wild boars and later several of their group, while they refer to themselves as a 'tribe.'" "In 1992, the novel was challenged as indecent by protesters in the Waterloo, Iowa, schools. The challenge was based on perceived profanity, lurid passages, and statements viewed as being derogatory to minorities, women, and the disabled." (See Banned in the USA for more details.)
Call Number:
PR6013.O35 L63 2004
Publication Date:
1954




Of Mice and Men
by Steinbeck, John

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Banned in Ireland (1953); Syracuse, IN (1974); Oil City, PA (I977); Grand Blanc, MI (1979); Continental, OH (1980) and other communities. Challenged in Greenville, SC (1977) by the Fourth Province of the Knights of the Ku Klux KIan; Vernon Verona Sherill, NY School District (1980); St. David, AZ (1981) and Tell City, IN (1982) due to "profanity and using God's name in vain." Challenged at the Newton, IA High School (2007) because of concerns about profanity and the portrayal of Jesus Christ. Newton High School has required students to read the book since at least the early 1980s. In neighboring Des Moines, it is on the recommended reading list for ninth-grade English, and it is used for some special education students in the eleventh and twelfth grades. Retained in the Olathe, KS ninth grade curriculum (2007) despite a parent calling the novel a 'worthless, profanity-riddled book' which is derogatory towards African Americans, women, and the developmentally disabled. (ALA.org)
Call Number:
PS3537.T3234 O2




Of Mice and Men
by Steinbeck, John

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Banned in Ireland (1953); Syracuse, IN (1974); Oil City, PA (I977); Grand Blanc, MI (1979); Continental, OH (1980) and other communities. Challenged in Greenville, SC (1977) by the Fourth Province of the Knights of the Ku Klux KIan; Vernon Verona Sherill, NY School District (1980); St. David, AZ (1981) and Tell City, IN (1982) due to "profanity and using God's name in vain." Challenged at the Newton, IA High School (2007) because of concerns about profanity and the portrayal of Jesus Christ. Newton High School has required students to read the book since at least the early 1980s. In neighboring Des Moines, it is on the recommended reading list for ninth-grade English, and it is used for some special education students in the eleventh and twelfth grades. Retained in the Olathe, KS ninth grade curriculum (2007) despite a parent calling the novel a 'worthless, profanity-riddled book' which is derogatory towards African Americans, women, and the developmentally disabled. (ALA.org)
Call Number:
PS3537 .T3234 O32
Publication Date:
1937




Of Mice and Men
by John Steinbeck

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Banned in Ireland (1953); Syracuse, IN (1974); Oil City, PA (I977); Grand Blanc, MI (1979); Continental, OH (1980) and other communities. Challenged in Greenville, SC (1977) by the Fourth Province of the Knights of the Ku Klux KIan; Vernon Verona Sherill, NY School District (1980); St. David, AZ (1981) and Tell City, IN (1982) due to "profanity and using God's name in vain." Challenged at the Newton, IA High School (2007) because of concerns about profanity and the portrayal of Jesus Christ. Newton High School has required students to read the book since at least the early 1980s. In neighboring Des Moines, it is on the recommended reading list for ninth-grade English, and it is used for some special education students in the eleventh and twelfth grades. Retained in the Olathe, KS ninth grade curriculum (2007) despite a parent calling the novel a 'worthless, profanity-riddled book' which is derogatory towards African Americans, women, and the developmentally disabled. (ALA.org)
Call Number:
PS3537.T3234 O2 2002

Rank:
5




One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
by Kesey, Ken

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Banned from the St. Anthony, ID Freemont High School classrooms (1978) and the instructor fired. The teacher sued. A decision in the case 'Fogarty v. Atchley' was never published. Challenged as part of the curriculum in an Aberdeen, WA High School honors English class (1986) because the book promotes "secular humanism." The school board voted to retain the title. Challenged at the Placentia-Yorba Linda, CA Unified School District (2000) after complaints by parents stated that teachers "can choose the best books, but they keep choosing this garbage over and over again." (ALA.org)
Call Number:
PS3561.E667 O5328




One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
by Ken Kesey

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Banned from the St. Anthony, ID Freemont High School classrooms (1978) and the instructor fired. The teacher sued. A decision in the case 'Fogarty v. Atchley' was never published. Challenged as part of the curriculum in an Aberdeen, WA High School honors English class (1986) because the book promotes "secular humanism." The school board voted to retain the title. Challenged at the Placentia-Yorba Linda, CA Unified School District (2000) after complaints by parents stated that teachers "can choose the best books, but they keep choosing this garbage over and over again." (ALA.org)
Call Number:
PS3561.E667 O5 2003

Rank:
49




Poems from Guantanamo
by Falkoff, Marc

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Call Number:
ONLINE and PJ7694.E3 P56 2007




Rabbit, Run
by Updike, John

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Banned in Ireland in 1962 because the Irish Board of Censors found the work "obscene" and "indecent," objecting particularly to the author's handling of the characters' sexuality, the "explicit sex acts" and "promiscuity." The work was officially banned from sales in Ireland until the introduction of the revised Censorship Publications Bill in 1967.Removed from the required reading list for English class at the Medicine Bow, WY Junior High School (1986) because of sexual references and profanity in the book. (ALA.org)
Call Number:
PS3571.P4 R3




Raif Badawi, the voice of freedom : my husband, our story
by Haidar, Ensaf

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This book is not a banned book but tells the story of Raif Badawi, a Saudi Arabian blogger who was sentenced to ten years in prison and 1000 lashes for "insulting Islam" for "creating an online forum for public debate". (Amnesty International)
Call Number:
DS244.526.B33 H35 2016
Publication Date:
2016




Satanic Verses
by Rushdie, Salman

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Banned in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Somalia, Sudan, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Quatar, Indonesia, South Africa, and India because of its criticism of Islam. In Pakistan five people died in riots against the book. Another man died a day later in Kashmir. Challenged at the Wichita, KS Public Library (1989) because the book is "blasphemous to the prophet Mohammed."In 1991, in separate incidents, Hitoshi Igarashi, the Japanese translator, was stabbed to death and its Italian translator, Ettore Capriolo, was seriously wounded. In 1993 William Nygaard, its Norwegian publisher, was shot and seriously injured.
Call Number:
PR6068.U757 S28




Separate Peace
by Knowles, John

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A Separate PeaceChallenged in Vernon-Verona-Sherill, NY School District (1980) as a "filthy, trashy sex novel." Challenged at the Fannett-Metal High School in Shippensburg, PA (1985) because of its allegedly offensive language. Challenged at the McDowell County, NC schools (1996) because of "graphic language." (ALA.org)
Call Number:
PS3561 .N68 S4




Sexuality in Muslim contexts : restrictions and resistance
by Homa Hoodfar

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Dr. Homa Hoodfar, a Canadian-Iranian citizen and professor of Anthropology at Concordia University, was arrested in Iran on June 6, 2016 following months of questioning. She was held incommunicado for more than 3 months prior to her release. Dr Homa Hoodfar is a prominent scholar and anthropologist whose decades-long teaching and research activities relate to development, culture, gender, and electoral politics. She has written and co-authored a number of books, including: Between Marriage and the Market: Intimate Politics and Survival in Cairo (Comparative Studies on Muslim Societies); Electoral Politics: Making Quotas Work for Women; and Sexuality in Muslim Contexts: Restrictions and Resistance. (Amnesty International)
Call Number:
ONLINE and HQ18.I74 S49 2012




Slaughterhouse Five
by Vonnegut, Kurt

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Banned in Rochester, MI because the novel "contains and makes references to religious matters" and thus fell within the ban of the establishment clause. An appellate court upheld its usage in the school in Todd v Rochester Community Schools, 41 Mich. App. 320, 200 N. W 2d 90 (1972). Banned in Levittown, NY (1975), North Jackson, OH (1979), and Lakeland, FL (1982) because of the "book's explicit sexual scenes, violence, and obscene language." Challenged in the Howell, MI High School (2007) because of the book's strong sexual content. In response to a request from the president of the Livingston Organization for Values in Education, or LOVE, the county's top law enforcement official reviewed the books to see whether laws against distribution of sexually explicit materials to minors had been broken. "After reading the books in question, it is clear that the explicit passages illustrated a larger literary, artistic or political message and were not included solely to appeal to the prurient interests of minors," the county prosecutor wrote. "Whether these materials are appropriate for minors is a decision to be made by the school board, but I find that they are not in violation of criminal laws." (ALA.org)
Call Number:
PS3572.O5 S6




Slaughterhouse-Five
by Vonnegut, Kurt

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Call Number:
PS3572.O5 S6 2005

Rank:
46




Slaughterhouse-Five
by Vonnegut, Kurt

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Call Number:
PS3572 .O5 S6
Publication Date:
1969




Slavery Inc. : the untold story of international sex trafficking
by Lydia Cacho

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Call Number:
ONLINE and HQ281 .C3313 2014




Song of Solomon
by Morrison, Toni

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Challenged, but retained, in the Columbus, OH schools (1993). The complainant believed that the book contains language degrading to blacks, and is sexually explicit. Removed from required reading lists and library shelves in the Richmond County, GA. School District (1994) after a parent complained that passages from the book are "filthy and inappropriate." (ALA.org)
Call Number:
PS3563 .O8749 S6
Publication Date:
1977




Song of Solomon
by Morrison, Toni

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Challenged, but retained, in the Columbus, OH schools (1993). The complainant believed that the book contains language degrading to blacks, and is sexually explicit. Removed from required reading lists and library shelves in the Richmond County, GA. School District (1994) after a parent complained that passages from the book are "filthy and inappropriate." (ALA.org)
Call Number:
PS3563 .O8749 S66




Song of Solomon
by Morrison, Toni

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Challenged, but retained, in the Columbus, OH schools (1993). The complainant believed that the book contains language degrading to blacks, and is sexually explicit. Removed from required reading lists and library shelves in the Richmond County, GA. School District (1994) after a parent complained that passages from the book are "filthy and inappropriate." (ALA.org)
Call Number:
PS3563 .O8749 S66 1995

Rank:
72




Sons and Lovers
by Lawrence, D. H

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Call Number:
PR6023.A93 S6




The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
by Twain, Mark

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Upon publication, Huckleberry Finn was banned by Concord Public Library (and others) because it "deals with a series of adventures of a very low grade of morality; it is couched in the language of a rough dialect, & to sum up, the book is flippant and irreverent in its style & and it is trash of the veriest sort." In 1998, the US Court of Appeals in San Francisco rejected a request to remove Huckleberry Finn from the required reading list at a school in Tempe, Arizona following charges that the book is a "racist book" and that the "school district was racially insensitive for not removing it". (see Banned in the U.S.A.)
Call Number:
PS1305 .A1 1995
Publication Date:
1884




The Bluest Eye
by Morrison, Toni

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Call Number:
PS3563 .O8749 .B55
Publication Date:
1970




The Call of the Wild
by London, Jack

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Banned in Italy (1929), Yugoslavia (1929), and burned in Nazi bonfires (1933). (ALA.org)
Call Number:
YOUTH LONDON CALL 2007




The Color Purple
by Walker, Alice

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Call Number:
PS3573 .A425 C6
Publication Date:
1982




The Giver
by Lowry, Lois

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Call Number:
JUV - YOUTH LOWRY GIVE 2014
Publication Date:
1993




The Handmaid's Tale
by Atwood, Margaret

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Challenged and removed from multiple high school classrooms because of 'profanity' and 'sex'. "In March 2006, one parent who felt it was her 'duty to ensure no student be able to read The Handmaid’s Tale in class' succeeded in having the book removed from the Judson Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas. The complain noted that it was ' 'sexually explicit and offensive to Christians'. The book was part of an advanced placement curriculum. See Literature Suppressed on Sexual Grounds for more details.
Call Number:
Leisure - FICTION ATWOOD OR PR9199.3 .A8 H3
Publication Date:
1985




The house of Spirits
by Allende, Isabel

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Challenged multiple times in high school classrooms because of violence and sexually explicit passages. In one case a parent filed charges with the county police against the school superintendent because he allowed students to access The House of Spirits and four other books. (See Banned in the USA for more details.)
Call Number:
PQ8098.1 .L54 C313
Publication Date:
1985




The Journey of Liu Xiaobo : From Dark Horse to Nobel Laureate
by Leedom-Ackerman

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Not a banned / challenged book but tells the story of Liu Xiaobo, a world-renowned Chinese writer and political activist who was imprisoned for his political writings. (Amnesty International)
Call Number:
ONLINE




The Kite Runner
by Khaled Hosseini

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Has been challenged multiple times in high school classrooms and reading lists in part 'because of the scene of male rape and the use of profanities throughout the novel'. (See Literature Suppressed on Social Grounds for more info.)
Call Number:
PS3608.O832 K58 2005
Publication Date:
2003

Rank:
50




Tropic of Cancer
by Miller, Henry

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Now hailed as an American classic, Tropic of Cancer, Henry Millers masterpiece, was banned as obscene in [the United States] for twenty-seven years after its first publication in Paris in 1934. Only a historic court ruling that changed American censorship standards, ushering in a new era of freedom and frankness in modern literature, permitted the publication of this first volume of Millers famed mixture of memoir and fiction, which chronicles with unapologetic gusto the bawdy adventures of a young expatriate writer, his friends, and the characters they meet in Paris in the 1930s. (ProQuest eBooks)
Call Number:
PS3525.I5454 T7




Ulysses
by Joyce, James

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Burned in the U.S. (1918), Ireland (1922), Canada (1922), England (1923) and banned in England (1929). (ALA.org)
Call Number:
PR6019 .U9 U4




Using Life
by Ahmed Naji

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Upon its initial release in Arabic in the fall of 2014, Using Life received acclaim in Egypt and the wider Arab world. But in 2016, Ahmed Naji was sentenced to two years in prison after a reader complained that an excerpt published in a literary journal harmed public morality. His imprisonment marks the first time in modern Egypt that an author has been jailed for a work of literature. Writers and literary organizations around the world rallied to support Naji, and he was released in December 2016. His original conviction was overturned in May 2017.
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ONLINE and PJ7952.A38 I8813 2017
Publication Date:
2017




We Are Arrested : A Journalist's Notes from a Turkish Prison
by Can Dündar

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Call Number:
PR1272.2 .M573 2018
Publication Date:
2018




Weiwei-Isms
by Ai Weiwei

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The short quotations presented here have been carefully selected from articles, tweets, and interviews given by this acclaimed Chinese artist and activist. The book is organized into six categories: freedom of expression; art and activism; government, power, and moral choices; the digital world; history, the historical moment, and the future; and personal reflections. Together, these quotes span some of the most revealing moments of Ai Weiwei's eventful career--from his risky investigation into student deaths in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake to his arbitrary arrest in 2011.
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Women in Love
by Lawrence, D. H.

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Seized by John Summers of the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice and declared obscene (1922). (ALA.org)
Call Number:
PR6023.A93 W63






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