Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown


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dc.title Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
dc.creator Brown, Dee, 1908-2002
dc.subject Native Americans; Native American history and society. LCSH
dc.description Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West is a 1970 book by American writer Dee Brown that covers the history of Native Americans in the American West in the late nineteenth century.
dc.publisher New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston
dc.date 1970 W3CDTF
dc.type Text DCMIType
dc.format 487 pages, 5.5 x 1 x 8.3 in.
dc.identifier ISBN: 978-0805086843
dc.source http://www.amazon.com/Bury-My-Heart-Wounded-Knee/dp/0805086846/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1462212169&sr=1-1&keywords=bury+my+heart+at+wounded+knee
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dc.relation Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West by Dee Brown; originally published by Holt, Rinehart & Winston; New York: 1970.
dc.rights Dee Brown

Dee Brown’s book reframed the traditional narrative of the history of the American West, paying attention to the violence committed against Native Americans by white settlers. It has been banned for being “polemical” and “controversial.”

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
dc.date 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.source http://www.amazon.com/Invisible-Man-Ralph-Ellison/dp/0679732764
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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.




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.



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.



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.


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
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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

A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein

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dc.title A Light in the Attic
dc.creator Silverstein, Shel
dc.subject Children’s poetry, American.; Humorous poetry.; American poetry. LCSH
dc.description Here in the attic of Shel Silverstein you will find Backward Bill, Sour Face Ann, the Meehoo With an Exactlywatt, and the Polar Bear in the Frigidaire. You will talk with the Broiled Face, and find out what happens when someone steals your knees, you get caught by the Quick-Digesting Gink, a mountain snores, and they’ve put a brassiere on the camel.
dc.publisher HarperCollins
dc.contributor Shel Silverstein
dc.date 2009-09-22 W3CDTF
dc.type Text DCMIType
dc.format Hardcover book; 192 pages; 6.8 x 1 x 8.8 inches
dc.identifier ISBN:978-0061905858 ISBN
dc.source http://www.amazon.com/Light-Attic-Special-Shel-Silverstein/dp/0061905852/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1461975486&sr=8-1&keywords=a+light+in+the+attic+by+shel+silverstein
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dc.relation A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein originally published by Harper & Row, New York, NY: 1981
dc.rights All rights reserved


Shel Silverstein’s A Light in the Attic is a collection of drawings and poems for children. They were a stable of many children’s childhoods. It was banned in some schools in Florida because they believed the poems encouraged children to be disrespectful and violent (Christian Science Monitor, 2012).

The Christian Science Monitor (2012, October 3). 30 banned books that may surprise you. Retrieved April 29, 2016 from http://www.csmonitor.com/Books/2012/1003/30-banned-books-that-may-surprise-you/A-Light-in-the-Attic-by-Shel-Silverstein

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling


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dc.title Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
dc.creator Rowling, J.K.
dc.subject Wizards-Juvenile Fiction.; Magic-Juvenile Fiction.; Schools-Juvenile Fiction.; England-Juvenile Fiction. LCSH
dc.description Harry Potter has no idea how famous he is. That’s because he’s being raised by his miserable aunt and uncle who are terrified Harry will learn that he’s really a wizard, just as his parents were. But everything changes when Harry is summoned to attend an infamous school for wizards, and he begins to discover some clues about his illustrious birthright. From the surprising way he is greeted by a lovable giant, to the unique curriculum and colorful faculty at his unusual school, Harry finds himself drawn deep inside a mystical world he never knew existed and closer to his own noble destiny.
dc.publisher Scholastic
dc.contributor J.K. Rowling
dc.date 1998-09 W3CDTF
dc.type Text DCMIType
dc.format Paperback book; 309 pages; 0.8 x 5.2 x 7.8 inches
dc.identifier ISBN:978-0439708180 (alk. paper) ISBN
dc.source http://www.amazon.com/Harry-Potter-Sorcerers-Stone-Rowling/dp/059035342X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1461973386&sr=8-1&keywords=harry+potter+and+the+sorcerer%27s+stone
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dc.relation Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling published by A.A. Levine Books, New York: 1998
dc.rights All rights reserved

Harry Potter is living with his aunt, uncle, and cousin when he finds out he’s a wizard. He’s summoned to Hogwarts the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He learns about his birthright, makes new friends, and learns all about the wizarding world. It has been challenged several times for promoting witchcraft, magic, Satanism, and the Wiccan religion. It was banned in Queensland, Australia for being violent and dangerous (Marshall University Library, 2010).

Marshall University Library (2010, August 17). Banned books: Harry potter and the sorcerer’s stone. Retrieved April 29, 2016 from http://www.marshall.edu/library/bannedbooks/books/harrypotter1.asp

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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dc.title Hunger Games
dc.creator Collins, Suzanne
dc.subject Survival-Fiction.; Television programs-Fiction.; Interpersonal relations-Fiction.; Contests-Fiction.; Science fiction. LCSH
dc.description In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, “The Hunger Games,” a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed.
dc.publisher Scholastic Press; Reprint edition
dc.contributor Suzanne Collins
dc.date 2010-07-10 W3CDTF
dc.type Text DCMIType
dc.format Paperback book; 384 pages;  1 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
dc.identifier ISBN:978-0439023528 (alk. paper) ISBN
dc.source http://www.amazon.com/Hunger-Games-Book-1/dp/0439023521/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1461971477&sr=8-10&keywords=hunger+games
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dc.relation The Hunger Games by Suzanna Collins; originally published by Scholastic Press, New York: 2008
dc.rights All rights reserved

The Hunger Games are an annual event that take place in Panem. Two children from each of the twelve districts are chosen to fight to the death in an arena. The event is televised to all districts. One child survives and becomes the victor of the Hunger Games. Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her sister’s place when she is chosen for this year’s Hunger Games. The Hunger Games has been seen as violent because it depicts acts of violence portrayed by children. It has also been challenged for its religious views and for being unsuitable for its intended age group (Marshall University Library, 2015).

Marshall University Libraries (2015, August 21). Banned books: The hunger games. Retrieved April 29, 2016 from http://www.marshall.edu/library/bannedbooks/books/hungergames.asp


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
dc.date 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

dc.source http://www.amazon.com/Beloved-Toni-Morrison/dp/1400033411/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1461603890&sr=8-1&keywords=beloved
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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.” Bannedbooksweek.org. Web. 25 Apr. 2016. http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/censorship/bannedbooksthatshapedamerica