Our Favorite Banned Books
Published on Monday, September 23, 2013 - 6:59pm
You know us. We are the dedicated library staff who scurry between the Welcome Desk, the Popular Library, and the Digital Commons to assist you in your information and entertainment needs.
You may be surprised to learn that in our youth, even the most well-mannered of us revealed our rebel nature by reading banned books. In fact, this habit has led us to our current illustrious profession in the place where these same books have found a safe place to live.
This week, every year, we and public library staff across America celebrate the pages of these important books and the authors who write them, even while others seek to repress this literature. You, too, can meet the challenge. Read a banned book today!
Not sure where to start? Here are some of our favorite titles:
- Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
- A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
- The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley
- Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
- The Hobbit (or There and Back Again) by J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
- Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
- Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
- Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
- Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
- Fear of Flying by Erica Jong
- The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
Troy Bent, Celeste Bishop, Michelle Conn, David Gillette, Matthew Mann, My Nguyen, Rebecca Tanen, Jo Stallworth and other members of the Popular Services staff contributed to this story.