Monday, September 26, 2011


Thanks for visiting augie's quick post, today is a little different, this is banned book week, so have a peek.
Just about every country places some restrictions on what many be published, many of these restrictions are considered to be obscene, which can mean the suppressing of sexual content, racism, glorifying drugs or social standing. The degree of control differs from country to country and at different periods of time.

Governments have also sought to ban certain books that they perceives to contain material that could threaten, embarrass or criticize it; religious authorities (claiming to protect the innocent), immorality as well as profanity.

Banned or challenged books are those that have been removed from the shelves of libraries, bookstores, or classrooms because of its controversial content. In the past some of these books have been burned and or refused further publication.

This is a form of censorship and hits the very core of our freedom to read. So, today we celebrate ‘banned book’ week and read, read and read. Below is just an inkling of some of those books by years.

Take the time this week and pick up one or three of them, and maybe you can see why they were banned or challenged.

According to Mike Clark, president of the Association of London Chief Librarians, “Banned Books Week points up the ludicrousness of banning legitimate literature. perhaps more than any other profession, librarians find themselves dealing with the reality of censorship on a day to day basis. In bringing together these controversial titles of past and present, Banned Books gives us an opportunity to discuss what freedom of expression means today."

List of banned books from the 1600's-2000's

About a Silence in Literature
Živorad Stojković

A Feast for the Seaweeds (1983)




Angaray (1932)



A Spoon on Earth
Hyeon Gi-yeong

Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism (2008)





Candide (1759)

Curved River (1963)

Dan Brown         

The Death of Lorca (1971)
Ian Gibson              

Anne Frank     

Dictionary of Modern Serbo-Croatian Language
Miloš Moskovljević  

Boris Pasternak         

Droll Stories (1832-37)

Rayne Kruger             


Fanny Hill or Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (1748)
                         John Cleland                

                      Irwin Schiff                           

The Fugitive (Perburuan) (1950)
Pramoedya Ananta Toer                        

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn                          

John Steinbeck         

How to make disposable silencers (1984)
Desert and Eliezer Flores  

Howl (1955)
Allen Ginsberg              

Islam - A Concept of Political World Invasion (2003)
R. V. Bhasin         




Paul M. Handley


Lajja (1993)


Lolita (1955)




Mein Kampf (1925)

The Meritous Price of Our Redemption (1650)

"Walter (pseudonym).


A Message to Man and Humanity
Aleksandar Cvetković





New Class (1957)

The Nickel-Plated-Feet Gang During the Occupation
Successors of Louis Forton (1879-1934)





On Fierce Wound - Fierce Herb
Ratko Zakić

On the Origins and Perpetual Use of the Legislative Powers of the Apostolic Kings of Hungary in Matters Ecclesiastical. (1764)




Army Reserve Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer

Philip Nitschke and Fiona Stewart

Pt. Chamupati


Rowena Goes Too Far (1931)


Snorri the Seal (1941)

Zuhair Kashmeri & Brian McAndrew


Smash and Grab: Annexation of Sikkim (1984)

Spycatcher (1985)

Storytellers II
Boško Novaković

Suicide mode d'emploi (1982)
Claude Guillon

Arius (AD 250 or 256 – 336)

"Al Saffee" and "Al Mahdee"



Ulysses (1922)


Uten en tråd (1966)

Unarmed Victory (1963)

Various works
Shen Congwen (1902-1988)

Čeda Vuković


Year 501: The Conquest Continues (1993)


Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009
The St. Charles Public Library DOES NOT BAN these books or any others.
 1 Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling                                                    
 2 Alice (Series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
 3 The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
 4 And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell
 5 Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck                                                        
 6 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
 7 Scary Stories (Series) by Alvin Schwartz
 8 His Dark Materials (series) by Philip Pullman
 9 TTYL; TTFN; L8R, G8R (series) by Myracle, Lauren
10 The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
11 Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
12 It's Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
13 Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey
15 The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison                                                        
16 Forever by Judy Blume
17 The Color Purple by Alice Walker
18 Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
19 The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
20 King & King by Linda de Haan
21 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee                                                      
22 Gossip Girl (series) by Cecily von Ziegesar
23 The Giver by Lois Lowry
24 In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
25 Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan
26 Beloved by Toni Morrison
27 My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
28 Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
29 The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney
30 We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier                                                       
31 What My Mother Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones
32 Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo A. Anaya
33 Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
36 Brave New World by Aldous Huxley                                                         
37 It’s So Amazing by Robie Harris
38 Arming America by Michael Bellasiles
39 Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane
40 Life is Funny by E.R. Frank
41 Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher
43 Blubber by Judy Blume
44 Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher
45 Crazy Lady by Jane Conly                                                                             
46 Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
48 Rainboy Boys by Alex Sanchez
50 The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini                                                            
51 Daughters of Eve by Lois Duncan
52 The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
53 You Hear Me? by Betsy Franco
55 Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene                                          
56 When Dad Killed Mom by Julius Lester
57 Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause
58 Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going
59 Olive’s Ocean by Kevin Henkes
60 Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
61 Draw Me A Star by Eric Carle                                                                  
62 The Stupids (Series) by Harry Allard
63 The Terrorist by Caroline Cooney
64 Mick Harte Was Here by Barbara Park
65 The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
66 Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor
67 A Time to Kill by John Grisham
68 Always Running by Luis Rodriguez                                                                     
69 Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
70 Harris and Me by Gary Paulsen
71 Junie B. Jones (series) by Barbara Park
72 Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
74 The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
75 Anastasia (series) by Lois Lowry                                                                           
76 A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
77 Crazy:  A Novel by Benjamin Lebert
78 The Joy of Gay Sex by Dr. Charles Silverstein
79 The Upstairs Room by Johanna Reiss
80 A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck
81 Black Boy by Richard Wright
82 Deal With It! by Esther Drill
83 Detour for Emmy by Marilyn Reynolds
84 So Far From the Bamboo Grove by Yoko Watkins
85 Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher
86 Cut by Patricia McCormick
87 Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
88 The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
89 Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissenger
90 A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
91 Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George                                                 
92 The Boy Who Lost His Face by Louis Sachar
93 Bumps in the Night by Harry Allard
94 Goosebumps (Series) by R.L. Stine
95 Shade’s Children by Garth Nix
96 Grendel by John Gardner
97 The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
98 I Saw Esau by Iona Opte
100 America: A Novel by E.R. Frank

1. TTYL; TTFN; L8R, G8R (series) by Lauren Myracle
Reasons: Nudity, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group, Drugs
2. And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
Reasons: Homosexuality
3. The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Anti-Family, Offensive Language, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group, Drugs, Suicide
4. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Reasons: Racism, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group
5. Twilight (series) by Stephenie Meyer
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group
6. The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group
7. My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
Reasons: Sexism, Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group, Drugs, Suicide, Violence
8. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things, by Carolyn Mackler
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group
9. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group
10. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
Reasons: Nudity, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group

2010 The ALA’s Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books:
by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
Reasons: Homosexuality, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group
by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: Offensive language, Racism, Sex Education, Sexually Explicit, Unsuited to Age Group, Violence

by Aldous Huxley
Reasons: Insensitivity, Offensive Language, Racism, Sexually Explicit

by Ellen Hopkins
Reasons: Drugs, Offensive Language, Sexually Explicit

by Suzanne Collins
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Unsuited to Age Group, Violence

by Natasha Friend
Reasons: Drugs, Offensive Language, Sexually Explicit, Unsuited to Age Group

by Sonya Sones
Reasons: Sexism, Sexually Explicit, Unsuited to Age Group

by Barbara Ehrenreich
Reasons: Drugs, Inaccurate, Offensive Language, Political Viewpoint, Religious Viewpoint

Revolutionary Voices
edited by Amy Sonnie
Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit

by Stephenie Meyer
Reasons: Religious Viewpoint, Violence

As well as this is Latino Heritage Month 2011

Governor Jan Brewer signed a bill into law that effectively eliminated ethnic studies programs (although their real target was Tuscon school district’s famed Mexican American studies). One of the books that ban supporters kept referring to was Chicano scholar Rodolfo Acuna’s Occupied America: A History of Chicanos. Superintendent Tom Horne was famously quoted as saying, “the title of the book implies to the kids that they live in occupied America, or occupied Mexico.” Other accusations: the book teaches students to think of themselves as victims of racism and to think of white people as oppressors. The ban on the Mexican American studies program–and by extension, the book–went into effect as of January 1, 2011.

Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez
Reasons: homosexuality, profane language, vulgarity

The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
Reasons: sexually explicit, rape, violence, promoting intolerance

Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
Reasons: occult/satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, and violence


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