In honor of Banned Books Week happening later this month, every Staff Pick of the Week this month will feature Banned Books.
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 Nonfiction books (found in our adult shelves) that are on ‘popular banned lists’ that are not also listed on the month’s new Staff Pick Banned Books Adult Nonfiction Bookmark. Please note that this isn’t even the tip of the iceberg. 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.
Black Boy by Richard Wright
Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger (we also have the film based on the novel)
I Saw Esau by Iona and Peter Opie
Kaffir Boy: The True Story Of A Black Youths Coming Of Age In Apartheid South Africa
Published: Oct 07, 1998 by Free Press
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This week’s staff pick is “Furniture Makeovers” by Barb Blair. It’s the perfect time of year to re-varnish, finish, paint, or otherwise alter your furniture since you can probably do it outdoors where it won’t smell up your house.
“Furniture Makeovers shows how to transform tired furniture into stunning showpieces. You’ll never look at a hand-me-down dresser the same way again! The book offers 26 easy-to-follow techniques that can be applied to all different types of pieces, from bookshelves to desks: painting, applying gold leaf, wallpapering, distressing, dip dyeing, and more. In addition to the core techniques, author and Knack Studios founder Barb Blair shares 30 beautiful before-and-after makeovers from her studio and outlines how to achieve each look. With helpful step-by-step photographs, a visual glossary explaining all the tools and materials needed, and a lovely contemporary aesthetic, Furniture Makeovers is a treasure trove of ideas and instruction for the home decorator.”–Taken from Goodreads.com
Furniture Makeovers: Simple Techniques for Transforming Furniture with Paint, Stains, Paper, Stencils, and More
Published: Apr 09, 2013 by Chronicle Books
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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.