Fun Home by Alison Bechdel


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dc.title Fun Home
dc.creator Bechdel, Alison, 1960-
dc.subject Lesbian and gay experience; Lesbian college students; Suicide; Families; Gay fathers; Memoirs and biographies. LCSH
dc.description Fun Home, subtitled A Family Tragicomic, is a 2006 graphic memoir by the American writer Alison Bechdel, author of the comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For.
dc.publisher Houghton Mifflin 06-08-2006 W3CDTF
dc.type Text and Image DCMIType
dc.format Hardcover; 232 pages; 6 x 0.7 x 9 in.
dc.identifier ISBN: 978-0618871711
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dc.relation Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel; originally published by Houghton Mifflin; Boston: June 8, 2006.
dc.rights Alison Bechdel

Bechdel’s book portrays intimate relationships between lesbian and gay characters. Students and patrons of libraries have objected to the book, calling it “pornography” for its depictions of sexuality.

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison


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dc.title Invisible Man
dc.creator Ellison, Ralph
dc.subject African Americans; Blacks–United States; Racism–United States; America–Race relations. LCSH
dc.description Invisible Man is a novel by Ralph Ellison about an African American man whose color renders him invisible, published by Random House in 1952.
dc.publisher Random House 1952 W3CDTF
dc.type Text DCMIType
dc.format Paperback; 581 pages; 5.2 x 0.9 x 7.9 in.
dc.identifier ISBN: 978-0679732761
dc.language en-US RFC4646
dc.relation Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison; originally published by Random House; New York: 1952.
dc.rights Ralph Ellison

Ellison’s first novel, which masterfully recounts the experiences of an unnamed black narrator who navigates life in the South and then in New York City, has been challenged or banned in schools since it’s publication in 1952. The most common reasons cited for banning are: obscene language, sexual content, and violence. An un-cited reason may be Ellison’s honest and unflinching portrayal of racism in America.


Howl, and other poems by Allen Ginsberg


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dc.title Howl, and other poems
dc.creator Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-1997
dc.subject Political poetry, American; Beat generation–Poetry; Homosexuality LCSH
dc.description “Howl” is a poem written by Allen Ginsberg in 1955, published as part of his 1956 collection of poetry titled Howl and Other Poems, and dedicated to Carl Solomon. Poems include: Howl — Footnote To Howl — A Supermarket in California — Transcription of Organ Music — Sunflower Sutra — America — In the Baggage Room at Greyhound ; Earlier Poems: An Asphodel — Song — Wild Orphan — In Back of the Real.
dc.publisher City Lights Books 1956 W3CDTF
dc.type Text DCMIType
dc.format Paperback book; 44 pages; 16 cm
dc.identifier ISBN: 9780872860179
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dc.relation Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg; originally published by City Lights Books; San Francisco: 1956.
dc.rights Allen Ginsberg

Ginsberg’s famous poems were criticized for their depiction of madness, sexuality, and political protest, among other reasons. Lawrence Ferlinghetti, of City Lights Books, was arrested and charged with publishing and selling obscene literature. He was found not guilty.


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 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
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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.

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 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
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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.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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dc.title The Great Gatsby
dc.creator Fitzgerald, F. Scott.
dc.subject Long Island (N.Y.)-Fiction.; Traffic accidents-Fiction.; Married women-Fiction.; First loves-Fiction.; Rich people-Fiction.; Mistresses-Fiction.; Revenge-Fiction. LCSH
dc.description This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.
dc.publisher Scribner
dc.contributor F. Scott Fitzgerald 2004-09-30 W3CDTF
dc.type Text DCMIType
dc.format Paperback book; 180 pages; 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
dc.identifier ISBN:978-0743273565 (alk. paper) ISBN
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dc.relation The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald originally published by C. Scribner’s Sons, New York: 1925
dc.rights All rights reserved


The Great Gatsby chronicles America in the Jazz Age of the 1920s. It follows Jay Gatsby and his love for Daisy Buchanan. There is wealth, booze, sex, and lavish parties. The book was challenged by the “Baptist Church in South Carolina because of its language and mere references to sex” (Banned Books that Shaped America).

“Banned books that shaped America.” Retrieved April 29, 2016 from

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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dc.title Lord of the Flies
dc.creator Golding, William, 1911-1993
dc.subject Survival- Fiction.; Castaways-Fiction.; Islands- Fiction.; Boys-Fiction.; Interpersonal relations in children- Fiction.; Airplane crash survival- Fiction.; Regression (Psychology)- Fiction. LCSH
dc.description Golding’s classic, startling, and perennially bestselling portrait of human nature remains as provocative today as when it was first published. This beautiful new edition features French flaps and rough fronts, making it a must-have for fans of this seminal work.
William Golding’s compelling story about a group of very ordinary small boys marooned on a coral island has become a modern classic. At first it seems as though it is all going to be great fun; but the fun before long becomes furious and life on the island turns into a nightmare of panic and death. As ordinary standards of behavior collapse, the whole world the boys know collapses with them—the world of cricket and homework and adventure stories—and another world is revealed beneath, primitive and terrible.
dc.publisher Penguin Books
dc.contributor William Golding 2011-11-01 W3CDTF
dc.type Text DCMIType
dc.format Paperback book; 304 pages; 5.2 x 0.8 x 7.7 in.
dc.identifier ISBN-13: 978-0399537424 ISBN
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dc.relation Lord of the Flies by William Golding; originally published by Faber and Faber, London: 1954
dc.rights All rights reserved

Lord of the Flies describes the tumultuous tale of a group of preadolescent boys trapped on an island after their plane crashes. Ralph, the main character, is elected leader, but is opposed by Jack and his group of boys. As boys give up their tasks for survival, tribes are formed and tensions are raised, leading to the death of two boys. Not until a British naval officer finds them do the boys realize what they have been doing. Lord of the Flies has been challenged multiple times since 1974 due immoral content, profanity, lurid passages about sex, and defamatory to minorities, God, woman, and the disabled (American Library Association, n.d.).

American Library Association. (n.d.). Banned and/or challenged books from the Radcliffe Publishing Course top 100 novels of the 20th Century. Retrieved April 26, 2016, from

Beloved by Toni Morrison



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dc.title Beloved
dc.creator Morrison, Toni
dc.subject Slavery—United States; African American Women—Fiction; Infanticide—Fiction LCSH
dc.description Former slave Sethe can’t escape the ghosts of her past, including the ghost of her infant daughter, Beloved.
dc.publisher Vintage International
dc.contributor Toni Morrison 06-08-2004 W3CDTF
dc.type Text DCMIType
dc.format Softcover book, 321 pages, 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 in.
dc.identifier ISBN-13 978-1400033416

Original edition: PS3563.08749B4 1987

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dc.relation Beloved by Toni Morrison; originally published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York: 1987
dc.coverage 1987-2004
dc.rights All rights reserved


Former slave Sethe has escaped from slavery in Kentucky to freedom in Ohio. When Sethe is tracked down after only a month of freedom, she kills her two-year-old daughter rather than let her be taken back into a life of slavery. Years later, Sethe is once again living in Ohio when a young woman calling herself Beloved shows up on her doorstep…a woman who might be Sethe’s daughter. This haunting story of guilt, freedom, and slavery has frequently been banned and challenged due to accusations of “violence, sexual content, and discussion of bestiality” (Banned Books Week).


Works cited: “Banned Books That Shaped America.” Web. 25 Apr. 2016.


The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck



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dc.title The Grapes of Wrath
dc.creator Steinbeck, John, 1902-1968
dc.subject Dustbowl Era, 1931-1939—Fiction; Great Depression, 1929—Fiction; American Dream—Fiction; Farmers—Fiction LCSH
dc.description The Joad family falls on hard times in 1930s Oklahoma and strikes out for a new life in California, encountering hardships along the way.
dc.publisher Penguin Classics
dc.contributor John Steinbeck 03-28-2006 W3CDTF
dc.type Text DCMIType
dc.format Softcover book, 464 pages, 5.1 x 0.9 x 7.8 in.
dc.identifier ISBN-13 978-0143039433
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dc.relation The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck; originally published by Viking Press, New York: 1939
dc.coverage 1939-2006
dc.rights All rights reserved


When the Great Depression hits Oklahoma in the 1930s, the Joad family finds itself with a worthless farm, no money, and no way to make a better life for themselves. So they strike out for California, hoping to find new jobs and new lives, but discover that the promised American Dream isn’t so easily attainable. First banned in California the year that it was published (Banned Books Week), “The Grapes of Wrath” has continued to be banned far and wide for profanity, sexual references, and accusations of propaganda.


Works cited: “Banned Books That Shaped America.” Web. 25 Apr. 2016.