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In honor of Banned Books Week, which ends today, every Staff Pick of the Week this month has featured Banned Books.  This is the last one, we promise.

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of books that people have attempted to ban, but we believe you should choose what you read – not someone else.  Young Adult books seem to be the highest targeted, but there is attempted censorship in every genre.

Here we list some absolutely wonderful Fiction & Classic books that are on ‘popular banned lists’ that are not also listed on the month’s new Staff Pick Banned Books Classics or Adult Fiction Bookmarks (there are 2 of each type).

Find out more at Banned Books Week’s official page.

Banned books are books that have been removed from the shelves of a library, bookstore, or classroom due to controversial content.  A book may be challenged (an attempt to ban) or banned on political, religious, sexual, or social grounds. The acts of banning or challenging a book are a serious matter, because these are forms of censorship which strike at our freedom to read.

 

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Beloved by Toni Morrison

Animal Farm by George Orwell (1984 is also a banned book)

All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsburg

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

Carrie by Stephen King (a number of his works have been banned or challenged, you can see a good list here)

 

Please note we have some of these as audiobooks as well.

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The shortlist for the 2014 Andrew Carnegie Medals has been announced!  Have you read the books?  Let us know what you think!  The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, one of the fiction shortlist selections, is one of our staff picks.  Also on the fiction shortlist are:

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat

The nonfiction shortlist is:

On Paper: The Everything of its Two-Thousand Year History by Nicholas A. Basbanes

Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink

The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin

 

If you’ve read one of these six books and want more, check out these similar nonfiction and fiction titles.