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December 18, 2017

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Books, Movies & Music : Banned and Challenged Books

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Banned and Challenged Books

 

"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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Dante's Inferno

Dante's Inferno
Dante Alighieri

Alighieri’s vision of Hell’s nine circles was challenged in the Tukwila, WA School District due to its Christian message and a reference to the prophet Muhammad in Hell.


Format: Book
Holds: 1 on 3 copies

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Bless Me, Ultima

Bless Me, Ultima
Anaya, Rudolfo A.

This award-winning coming-of-age story set in New Mexico during the 1940s was banned in 2009 by the superintendent of schools in Newman, CA after complaints of anti-Catholicism and profanity.


Format: Book
Holds: 0 on 5 copies

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Angelou, Maya

The author’s autobiographical novel dealing with racism, incest and rape has been challenged nearly every year since 1987 for containing profanity and pornographic language.


Format: Book
Holds: 4 on 30 copies

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Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
Bechdel, Alison

This graphic novel memoir was temporarily removed after a challenge by a patron at the Marshall Public Library in Missouri in 2006 who argued that collecting such materials would lead to the library attracting the same clientele as “the porn shop down at the junction.”


Format: Graphic Novel
Holds: 40 on 25 copies

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The Tortilla Curtain

The Tortilla Curtain
Boyle, T. Coraghessan

This story of illegal aliens living in California caused a furor in Santa Rosa, CA, when a parent objected to its inclusion on a school reading list, saying the book “promotes hatred and is extremely sexually explicit.”


Format: Book
Holds: 2 on 6 copies

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Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
Dai, Sijie

This short book about two students’ experiences during China’s Cultural Revolution includes sexually explicit scenes that caused its restriction in the Federal Way, WA school district in 2004.


Format: Book
Holds: 0 on 5 copies

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Grendel

Grendel
Gardner, John

Scenes of torture and mutilation in this retelling of the epic poem Beowulf caused the book’s restricted status in the Peninsula, WA School District in 2009.


Format: Book
Holds: 0 on 2 copies

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Snow Falling on Cedars

Snow Falling on Cedars
Guterson, David

A Pen/Faulkner award winner, this story of racial unrest following a post-war murder was restricted in the Peninsula, WA School District and banned from a Boerne, Texas school for “graphic violence, racial bigotry and honeymoon sex.”


Format: Book
Holds: 4 on 19 copies

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Catch-22

Catch-22
Heller, Joseph

Heller’s outspoken and sometimes foul-mouthed perspective on the lunacy of war caused a 1979 challenge to this book in Snoqualmie, WA.


Format: Book
Holds: 5 on 29 copies

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The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner
Hosseini, Khaled

This popular novel about friendship and loyalty set against Afghanistan’s troubled and violent recent past was challenged in 2009 in at least four school districts in North Carolina and Florida because of violence, rape and offensive language.


Format: Book
Holds: 3 on 10 copies

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