Do you read banned books?

banned books

The best part about being a Book Club Mom is seeing what my kids are reading. This spring, my oldest is taking a course on banned books and today I got a look at the syllabus. His class will be reading these nine books:

The Awakening – Kate Chopin
Lady Chatterly’s Lover – D. H. Lawrence
Beloved – Toni Morrison
God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
The Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger
Jungle – Upton Sinclair
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
The War Prayer – Mark Twain
Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut

Schools, communities and governments have banned books for all kinds of reasons: controversial religious or political messages, explicit content, racist views and offensive language are the top reasons. I found some great lists and articles about banned books, including the following: America’s Most Surprising Banned Books , an infographic of the history of banned books to present day , an excellent article from The New Yorker magazine  and a Texas college library list of the top ten banned books.

Check these out. You’ll be surprised at what people find objectionable!

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