Banned Books and 9/11

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.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/10/us/10books.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=book+recalled&st=nyt

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)