Banned Books

Posted on September 28, 2015. Filed under: Event, Fiction, Information, Nonfiction | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Oakton Community College Libray along with many Libraries across the United States, celebrate intellectual freedom and highlight the fact that censorship still exists during Banned Books Week. Requests to censor collections are more common than you think. Oakton Community College has had at least one request that I know of for a book to be removed. Recently, an incoming freshman at Yale University challenged the book “Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic” by Alison Bechdel because he thought it was insensitive to Christian beliefs due to its depiction of homosexuality. Below is the list the American Library Association published this year of the books which have received the most requests to be removed from library shelves in 2014.

The top ten most frequently challenged books of 2014:

book cover for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian1) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie

Reasons: anti-family, cultural insensitivity, drugs/alcohol/smoking, gambling, offensive language, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group, violence. Additional reasons: “depictions of bullying”

2) Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi

Reasons: gambling, offensive language, political viewpoint.
Additional reasons: “politically, racially, and socially offensive,” “graphic depictions”

book cover for And Tango Makes Three3) And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

Reasons: Anti-family, homosexuality, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group.
Additional reasons: “promotes the homosexual agenda”

4) The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison

Reasons: Sexually explicit, unsuited for age group.
Additional reasons: “contains controversial issues”

book cover for It's Perfectly Normal5) It’s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex and Sexual Health, by Robie Harris

Reasons: Nudity, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group.
Additional reasons: “alleges it child pornography”

6) Saga, by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Reasons: Anti-Family, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.

Kite Runner7) The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini

Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited to age group, violence

8) The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky

Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group.
Additional reasons: “date rape and masturbation”

book cover for A Stolen Life9)  A Stolen Life: A Memoir, Jaycee Dugard

Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group

10) Drama, by Raina Telgemeier

Reasons: sexually explicit

(list from ala.org)

– posted by Kevin Purtell

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