SEPTEMBER 11 – For some, the question was “Where were you when Kennedy was shot?” For others – “Where were you when John Lennon was killed?” But today, the generational question is, of course, “Where were you on 9/11? (2001)”
Has the world changed over the last nine years? Have we learned anything to make it better? To be more tolerant?
The New York Times posted an article yesterday about a book being recalled and the publisher’s comment: “Their clumsy efforts to suppress the book only made it a bestseller…” And then, there’s the minister who threatened to burn the Koran.
The American Library Association sponsors Banned Book Week – this year from September 25th– October 2nd.
Do you know which books have been banned in the United States – at one time or another? The list would surprise you.
Harry Potter and Huckleberry Finn have been long favorites. Here are some others – just in case you are looking for something to read…
- John Irving’s A Prayer for Owen Meany
- F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby
- Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner
- Daniel Keyes’ Flowers for Algernon
- John Updike’s Rabbit, Run
- Alice Walker’s The Color Purple
- Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women
- Joseph Heller’s Catch-22
- Toni Morrison’s Beloved
- Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale
- John Steinbeck’s East of Eden (wonder if Oprah knew)