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Don’t Read These Books! Books that have been challenged or banned

The Handmaid’s Tale
Atwood Margaret

A satire set in the Republic of Gilead (formerly the United States) where a handmaid describes life in the repressive and intolerant monotheocracy.

 

The Color Purple
Alice Walker

The story of two African-American sisters in the South - focuses on Celie and her journey to self-discovery and independence despite abandonment, incest, and physical and emotional abuse.

 

Slaughterhouse-Five
Kurt Vonnegut

Centering on the fire-bombing of Dresden, Billy Pilgrim's odyssey through time reflects the mythic journey as we search for meaning in what we are afraid to know.

 

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Mark Twain

Outcast Huckleberry Finn and Jim, a runaway slave, have many adventures as they raft down the Mississippi River.

 

Of Mice and Men
John Steinbeck

The tragic story of the complex bond between two migrant ranch hands on the run in Central California.

 

The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger

In a classic coming-of-age story, Holden Caulfield escapes the hypocrisies of his prep school and finds refuge in New York City

 

The Satanic Verses
Salman Rushdie

Two figures fall to earth from a bombed jet and wash up on an English beach, becoming opponents in the eternal wrestling match between Good and Evil.

 

Beloved
Toni Morrison

Set in Ohio after the Civil War, Sethe is haunted by the memories of her experiences at Sweet Home farm and her daughter whom she killed when threatened with recapture after escaping from slavery 18 years before.

 

The To Kill a Mockingbird
Lee Harper

Atticus Finch, a lawyer in a small Alabama town during the 1930s, defends a black man accused of raping a white woman.

 

A Clockwork Orange
Anthony Burgess

Teenagers rule society with violence in this satire of a futuristic culture that presents the inhumanity of man to man.

 

Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury

A totalitarian regime forbids books and orders all of them to be burnt, when supenly a book burner discovers their merit.