Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

 

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dc.title Slaughterhouse-Five
dc.creator Vonnegut, Kurt, 1922-2007
dc.subject World War, 1939-1945; Satire; Post-traumatic stress disorder LCSH
dc.description This satirical book shows an American soldier during World War II, suffering from PTSD and experiencing what he believes to be his former life through a series of flashbacks.
dc.publisher Dell
dc.date 11-03-1991 W3CDTF
dc.type Text DCMIType
dc.format Paperback book, 215 pages, 4.1 x 0.6 x 6.8 in.
dc.identifier ISBN-13 978-0440180296
dc.source http://www.amazon.com/Slaughterhouse-Five-Kurt-Vonnegut/dp/0440180295/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1462158574&sr=8-1&keywords=slaughterhouse+five 
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dc.relation Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut; originally published by Delacorte; New York: 1969
dc.rights Kurt Vonnegut

Through flashbacks, this satirical anti-war book tells the story of a disoriented American soldier who believes himself to have experienced things like alien abduction and time travel before being taken prisoner by German soldiers. It has been consistently banned and challenged since its publication in 1969 for being “depraved,” “vulgar,” “anti-Christian” and “anti-American,” as well as containing explicit sexual content.

http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2011/08/the-neverending-campaign-to-ban-slaughterhouse-five/243525/

http://www.ala.org/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/classics/reasons

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

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dc.title In Cold Blood
dc.creator Capote, Truman, 1925-1984
dc.subject Mass murder; Trials (Murder); True crime stories LCSH
dc.description This book tells the story of both the victims and the murderers involved in the killing
of a family at a Kansas farmhouse in 1959.
dc.publisher Vintage International
dc.date 02-01-1994 W3CDTF
dc.type Text DCMIType
dc.format Paperback book, 343 pages, 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 in.
dc.identifier ISBN-13 978-0679745587
dc.source http://www.amazon.com/Cold-Blood-Truman-Capote/dp/0679745580/ref=sr_1_1_twi_pap_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1461874284&sr=1-1&keywords=in+cold+blood
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dc.relation In Cold Blood by Truman Capote; originally published by Random House, New York:
September 25, 1965
dc.rights Truman Capote

For this true crime book, Truman Capote interviewed local residents, case investigators, and the killers themselves in order to tell the full story of the 1959 murder of an entire family. This book is most commonly banned from schools due to the violence, although some people are also concerned about the profanity and references to sex.

https://bookjourney.net/2014/10/01/in-cold-blood-by-truman-capote-banned-book-true-crime/

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/jacketcopy/2011/09/glenadle-school-board-may-block-in-cold-blood.html

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

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dc.title Their Eyes Were Watching God
dc.creator Hurston, Zora Neale, 1891-1960
dc.subject Racism; Marriage-Fiction; Southern States; African American Women LCSH
dc.description An extended flashback as the main character, Janie, tells the story of her life. She goes through marriages to three different men, the last of which was finally a happy one, while dealing with violence and racism as an African-American woman in the early 1900’s South.
dc.publisher Harper Perennial Modern Classics
dc.contributor Henry Louis Gates Jr.; Edwidge Danticat
dc.date 05-30-2006 W3CDTF
dc.type Text DCMIType
dc.format Paperback book, 219 pages, 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 in.
dc.identifier ISBN-13 978-0061120060
dc.source http://www.amazon.com/Their-Eyes-Were-Watching-God/dp/0061120065/ref=sr_1_1_twi_pap_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1461872392&sr=1-1&keywords=their+eyes+were+watching+god+book
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dc.relation Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston; originally published by J. B.
Lippincott; Philadelphia: September 18, 1937
dc.rights Zora Neale Hurston

Janie tells a friend the story of her life and struggles throughout her three marriages, beginning when she is sixteen and ending in her forties after losing her third husband. This is generally banned from high schools due to language and sexually explicit content, as well as some violence between Janie and her husbands.

http://www.ala.org/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/classics/reasons

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

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dc.title Gone With the Wind
dc.creator Mitchell, Margaret, 1900-1949
dc.subject Coming of age- Fiction; Slavery;  Slavery in Literature; United States–History–Civil War, 1861-1865 LCSH
dc.description In this “epic novel of love and war,” Scarlett O’Hara, the spoiled daughter of a plantation owner, must survive on her own and find a way out of poverty in the Civil War South.
dc.publisher Macmillan
dc.date 1964 W3CDTF
dc.type Text DCMIType
dc.format Hardcover book, 833 pages, 8.5 x 5.9 x 1.9 in.
dc.identifier ISBN-13 978-0025853904
dc.source http://www.amazon.com/Gone-Wind-Margaret-Mitchell/dp/B000GISOGS/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1461871698&sr=8-5&keywords=gone+with+the+wind
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dc.relation Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell; originally published by Macmillan Publishers; New York: June 10, 1936
dc.rights Margaret Mitchell

Gone with the Wind follows the struggles of Scarlett O’Hara during and after the Civil War, as well as her on-again, off-again relationships with Ashley Wilkes and Rhett Butler. Many people have the opinion that Gone with the Wind should be banned due to racial slurs, as well as the underlying racism in both the way slaves were treated by the characters and portrayed by the narrative.

http://www.csmonitor.com/Books/2011/0928/20-banned-books-that-may-surprise-you/Gone-with-the-Wind-by-Margaret-Mitchell

https://prezi.com/kdkcv_ww67je/why-is-gone-with-the-wind-banned-and-challenged/

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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dc.title To Kill a Mockingbird
dc.creator Lee, Harper, 1926-2016
dc.subject Racism, Lawyers, Fathers and daughters, Race relations LCSH
dc.description A young girl experiences prejudice in the South as her father, a lawyer, defends a black man wrongly accused of a crime.
dc.publisher Harper Perennial Modern Classics
dc.date 03-01-2004 W3CDTF
dc.type Text DCMIType
dc.format Paperback book, 385 pages, 1 x 5.2 x 8.2 in.
dc.identifier ISBN-13 978-0060935467
dc.source http://www.amazon.com/Kill-Mockingbird-Harper-Lee/dp/0060935464/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
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dc.relation To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee; originally published by Lippincott & Co., Philadelphia: July 11, 1960
dc.rights Harper Lee

 

To Kill a Mockingbird shows a young girl learning about prejudice and racism for the first time when her father, a lawyer in their small southern town, defends a black man wrongly accused of rape. It has been challenged or banned consistently since it came out for various reasons. The most common are vulgar language and sexual content, racial slurs, and the idea that it promotes institutionalized racism. Almost 60 years after it was first published, To Kill a Mockingbird remains one of the most commonly banned classic novels.

http://www.ala.org/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/classics/reasons

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/to-kill-a-mockingbird-remains-among-top-banned-classical-novels/

Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman

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dc.title Heather Has Two Mommies
dc.creator Newman, Leslea & Laura Cornell
dc.subject Fiction – Children, Fiction – Family, Nontraditional, Fiction – Homosexuality, Fiction – Family, Fiction – Young Girl, Fiction – Childrens Books, Fiction – Mothers, Fiction – Gay & Lesbian
dc.description Heather’s favorite number is two. She has two arms, two legs, and two pets. And she also has two mommies. When Heather goes to school for the first time, someone asks her about her daddy, but Heather doesn’t have a daddy. Then something interesting happens. When Heather and her classmates all draw pictures of their families, not one drawing is the same. It doesn’t matter who makes up a family, the teacher says, because “the most important thing about a family is that all the people in it love one another.”
dc.publisher Candlewick, August 9, 2015
dc.contributor Leslea Newman and Laura Cornell
dc.date March 11, 2015
dc.type Text &  Illustrations
dc.format Paperback, 32 Pages
dc.identifier 978-0763690427 ISBN
dc.source http://www.amazon.com/Heather-Has-Mommies-Leslea-Newman/dp/0763690422/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
dc.language en-USA
dc.relation Orginally published by Candlewick 1989
dc.rights All Rights Reserved

The story opens with descriptions of Heather playing with toys in the tall grass behind her house. The child has two of many things including arms, legs, feet, and elbows. “Heather has two pets: a ginger-colored cat named Gingersnap and a big black dog named Midnight. Heather also has two mommies: Mama Jane and Mama Kate.” As Heather enters school for the first time she observes that many of the students in her classroom have unique families. To illustrate, Ms. Molly asks the children to draw pictures of their families. Each drawing displays the differences found within each household, yet as Heather’s teacher comments, “The most important thing about a family is that all the people in it love each other.”

The book has been challenged 42 times by legislators and parents wanting to remove it from local and school library shelves, says Kristin Pekoll, assistant director for the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom.
Most challenges were because of homosexuality.
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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

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dc.title The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-time Indian
dc.creator Alexie, Sherman
dc.subject Fiction – Native America, Fiction – Indian, Fiction – Reservation, Fiction – Teenage Boys, Fiction – Race relations, Fiction – alcoholism, Fiction – cartoonist
dc.description Junior is a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.
dc.publisher Little Brown Books for Young Readers
dc.contributor Sherman Alexie and Ellen Forney – Illustrator
dc.date September 12, 2007
dc.type Text
dc.format Hardcover, 240 pages, 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
dc.identifier 978-0316013680 ISBN
dc.source http://www.amazon.com/Absolutely-True-Diary-Part-Time-Indian/dp/0316013684/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1462129354&sr=1-1
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dc.relation The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie, September 12, 2007
dc.rights All rights reserved

Arnold Spirit, a goofy-looking dork with a decent jumpshot, spends his time lamenting life on the “poor-ass” Spokane Indian reservation, drawing cartoons (which accompany, and often provide more insight than, the narrative), and, along with his aptly named pal Rowdy, laughing those laughs over anything and nothing that affix best friends so intricately together. When a teacher pleads with Arnold to want more, to escape the hopelessness of the rez, Arnold switches to a rich white school and immediately becomes as much an outcast in his own community as he is a curiosity in his new one. He weathers the typical teenage indignations and triumphs like a champ but soon faces far more trying ordeals as his home life begins to crumble and decay amidst the suffocating mire of alcoholism on the reservation

From the Huffington Post on a school in Idaho that has banned the book:

The school board’s decision to seek an alternative book to convey “the cultural messages” of Alexie’s work came after complaints from parents that the book contained sexually charged material inappropriate for their children, was peppered with pejorative terms for women, people of various races and those with learning disabilities and mocked Christian beliefs.

Descriptions retrieved 01 May 2016 from: http://www.amazon.com/Absolutely-True-Diary-Part-Time-Indian/dp/0316013684/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1462129354&sr=1-1 and

Idaho bans native american book. Huffington Post. Retrieved 01 May 2016: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/04/idaho-bans-native-american-book_n_5094525.html

Drama by Raina Telgemeier

dc.title Drama
dc.creator Telgemeier, Raina
dc.subject Fiction – Graphic Novel, Fiction – Middle School, Fiction – Drama Club, Fiction – Homosexuality, Fiction – Bisexuality, Fiction – Girls, Teen, Fiction – Brothers
dc.description Callie loves theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school’s production of Moon over Mississippi, she can’t really sing. Instead she’s the set designer for the drama department’s stage crew, and this year she’s determined to create a set worthy of Broadway on a middle-school budget. But how can she, when she doesn’t know much about carpentry, ticket sales are down, and the crew members are having trouble working together? Not to mention the onstage AND offstage drama that occurs once the actors are chosen. And when two cute brothers enter the picture, things get even crazier!
dc.publisher Graphix
dc.contributor Raina Telgemeier
dc.date July 29, 2014
dc.type Text and Graphics
dc.format Hardcover, 240 pages,  5.7 x 1 x 8.1 inches
dc.identifier 978-0545326988 ISBN
dc.source http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00J417G2G/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?ie=UTF8&btkr=1
dc.language en-USA
dc.relation Drama by Raina Telgemeier Published by Graphix on July 29, 2014
dc.rights All Rights Reserved

Callie loves the theater, even if she can’t sing well enough to perform in her beloved musicals. But when drama and romance—both onstage and off—cause problems, Callie finds that set design may be the easiest part of putting on a play. Telgemeier is prodigiously talented at telling cheerful stories with realistic portrayals of middle-school characters. Callie is likable, hardworking, and enthusiastic, but she is as confused about relationships and love as any young teen, and she flits from crush to crush in a believable fashion. Nonactors will love having a spotlight shine on the backstage action, but even those who shun the stage will identify with this roller-coaster ride through young teen emotions. In addressing issues such as homosexuality, Drama is more teen oriented than Telgemeier’s elementary-school-friendly Smile (2010). Her deceptively simple art may seem cartoonish, but it is grounded in a firm sense of style and washed in warm colors to give the story an open, welcoming feel. In this realistic and sympathetic story, feelings and thoughts leap off the page, revealing Telgemeier’s keen eye for young teen life.

Although most readers of all ages found Drama to be just as endearing and authentic as Telgemeier’s other books Smile and Sisters, a small but vocal minority have objected to the inclusion of two gay characters, one of whom shares a chaste on-stage kiss with another boy. Negative online reader reviews have accused Telgemeier of literally hiding an agenda inside brightly-colored, tween-friendly covers, but in an interview with TeenReadsshe said that while she and her editors at Scholastic were very careful to make the book age-appropriate, they never considered omitting the gay characters because “finding your identity, whether gay or straight, is a huge part of middle school.”

Retrieved from http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00J417G2G/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?ie=UTF8&btkr=1 &

Case Study: Drama. Comic Book Legal Defense Fund http://cbldf.org/banned-comic/banned-challenged-comics/case-study-drama/

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

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dc.title The Color Purple
dc.creator Walker, Alice
dc.subject Fiction – African-American, Fiction – Woman, Fiction – Bigotry, Fiction – incest, Fiction – sexual abuse, Fiction – abuse, Fiction – Africa, Fiction – Missionary, Fiction – Sisters, Fiction – South, Rural, Fiction – Purple
dc.description An epic tale spanning forty years in the life of Celie, an African-American woman living in the South who survives incredible abuse and bigotry. After Celie’s abusive father marries her off to the equally debasing “Mister” Albert Johnson, things go from bad to worse, leaving Celie to find companionship anywhere she can. She perseveres, holding on to her dream of one day being reunited with her sister in Africa.
dc.publisher Mariner Books
dc.contributor Alice Walker
dc.date June 4, 1905
dc.type Text
dc.format Paperback, 300 pages,  5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
dc.identifier 860-1417533253 IBSN
dc.source http://www.amazon.com/Color-Purple-Alice-Walker/dp/0156028352/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1462125592&sr=8-1&keywords=the+color+purple+book
dc.language en-USA
dc.relation The Color Purple by Alice Walker, originally published by Mariner Books, 1982
dc.rights All Rights Reserved

The Color Purple by Alice Walker, published in 1982, is told in a series of letters.  It won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and The National Book Award for Fiction.The  story begins in the early 1900s in rural Georgia, and covers about 30 years.

The first two sentences in the book are, “You better not never tell nobody but God. It’d kill your mammy”.

Then begins fourteen-year-old Celie’s letters to God. She tells him she’s always been a good girl, and asks for a sign to let her know what is happening to her.

As she tells her story to God, we learn that she is raped repeatedly by the man she believes to be her father. She has had two babies by him, a girl and a boy.  Both babies were taken from her shortly after birth, and Celie believes that her her “Pa” killed the first one, and maybe sold the second one.

Celie’s mother asks who the father of the first one is. Celie tells her it’s God. Her mother dies before the second baby is born. Celie begins to worry about her younger sister, Nettie, when she sees Pa’s growing interest in her.  An older man with four children, whose wife is dead, wants to marry her, but Pa won’t hear of it. He offers Celie instead, and a cow to go along with her if the man will agree to take her.

It takes him a few months to make up his mind, but he finally decides he will take Celie. They marry, and she puts up with his bad treatment of her without complaint.

The Color Purple has plenty of critics. It’s often targeted by censors for its “troubling ideas about race relations”, “man’s relationship to God”, African history, human sexuality, extreme and graphic violence, offensive language, and “unsuited to age group”.

The Color Purple. Retrieved 01 May 2016 from http://www.favorite-banned-books.com/the-color-purple.html

Nineteen eighty-four (1984) by George Orwell

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dc.title Nineteen eighty-four (1984)
dc.creator Orwell, George
dc.subject England – Fiction, Oceania – Fiction, Airstrip One- Fiction, Dystopia – Fiction, Communism – Fiction, Big Brother – Fiction, Winston Smith – Fiction, Doublethink – Fiction, Newspeak – Fiction, 1984-Fiction, War – Fiction
dc.description A man loses his identity while living under a repressive regime.  Winston Smith is a government employee whose job involves the rewriting of history in a manner that casts his fictional country’s leaders in a charitable light. His trysts with Julia provide his only measure of enjoyment, but lawmakers frown on the relationship — and in this closely monitored society, there is no escape from Big Brother.
dc.publisher Signet Classics
dc.contributor George Orwell
dc.date July 1, 1950
dc.type Text
dc.format Paperback 328 Pages 4.3 x 0.9 x 7.6 inches
dc.identifier 978-0451524935 ISBN
dc.source http://www.amazon.com/1984-Signet-Classics-George-Orwell/dp/0451524934/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1462120998&sr=8-1&keywords=1984
dc.language en-US
dc.relation Nineteen eighty-four (1984) by George Orwell orginally published by Signet June 8, 1949
dc.rights All rights reserved

Orwell’s classic dystopia 1984 explores a future of totalitarian regime control. Even thought is monitored, for thoughtcrime is a punishable offense. In this new society, the rich have all the advantages, and the poor must suffer through a monotonous existence punctuated by the disappearance and “reprogramming” of their friends, family, and co-workers. A culture of snitching is encouraged, as to rat out someone else may keep you safe for another day. Big Brother is always watching.

Originally published in 1948, it has been banned and challenged repeatedly on social and political grounds, as well as sexual content. It ranks as high as #5 most challenged book of all time. It was banned and burned in the U.S.S.R. under Stalin’s rule for its’ negative attitude toward communism, and reading it could’ve resulted in your arrest. It has also been banned and challenged in many U.S. schools. During the Cold War, a teacher in Wrenshall, Minnesota was fired for refusing to remove 1984 from his reading list. In 1981, it was challenged in Jackson County, Florida for being pro-communism!

Banned Books Week Presents “1984” by George Orwell! Retrieved 01 May 2016 from:

https://www.mymcpl.org/blog/banned-books-week-presents-1984-george-orwell