Every year the American Library Association highlights the top 10 books that people tried to have removed from library shelves. (Yes, I know it should be called “Challenged Books Week.” Bite me.)
For a couple of years, Michele ran the Banned Books Project, where she had passionate essays on the evils of strangling intellectual freedom and thoughtful highlights of many of the books that find their way onto the Top 100 list. Then she got busy following the Red Sox around from city-to-city and hiding in the dugout and tying their shoelaces together when they weren’t looking, flashing her boobs at Night Ranger concerts, and giving Dan Rather his nightly enema. So, she turned the job over to me (the book thing, not the enema thing).
My version of the Banned Books Project was to list all 100 books and tell you why I would have banned them. From this, I have received links from a few dozen school libraries and a steady stream of “you book burning moron” e-mails. Life is good.
- Alice series, for sexual content, using offensive language, and being unsuited to age group.
- Harry Potter series, for its focus on wizardry and magic.
- “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck, for using offensive language.
- “Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture” by Michael A. Bellesiles, for inaccuracy.
- “Fallen Angels” by Walter Dean Myers, for racism, sexual content, offensive language, drugs and violence.
- “Go Ask Alice” by Anonymous, for drugs.
- “It’s Perfectly Normal” by Robie Harris, for homosexuality, nudity, sexual content and sex education.
- “We All Fall Down” by Robert Cormier, for offensive language and sexual content.
- “King and King” by Linda de Haan, for homosexuality.
- “Bridge to Terabithia” by Katherine Paterson, for offensive language and occult/satanism.