Don’t Read These Books! Books that have been challenged or banned
The Handmaid’s Tale
A satire set in the Republic of Gilead (formerly the United States) where a handmaid describes life in the repressive and intolerant monotheocracy.
The Color Purple
The story of two African-American sisters in the South - focuses on Celie and her journey to self-discovery and independence despite abandonment, incest, and physical and emotional abuse.
Centering on the fire-bombing of Dresden, Billy Pilgrim's odyssey through time reflects the mythic journey as we search for meaning in what we are afraid to know.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Outcast Huckleberry Finn and Jim, a runaway slave, have many adventures as they raft down the Mississippi River.
Of Mice and Men
The tragic story of the complex bond between two migrant ranch hands on the run in Central California.
The Catcher in the Rye
In a classic coming-of-age story, Holden Caulfield escapes the hypocrisies of his prep school and finds refuge in New York City
The Satanic Verses
Two figures fall to earth from a bombed jet and wash up on an English beach, becoming opponents in the eternal wrestling match between Good and Evil.
Set in Ohio after the Civil War, Sethe is haunted by the memories of her experiences at Sweet Home farm and her daughter whom she killed when threatened with recapture after escaping from slavery 18 years before.
The To Kill a Mockingbird
Atticus Finch, a lawyer in a small Alabama town during the 1930s, defends a black man accused of raping a white woman.
A Clockwork Orange
Teenagers rule society with violence in this satire of a futuristic culture that presents the inhumanity of man to man.
A totalitarian regime forbids books and orders all of them to be burnt, when supenly a book burner discovers their merit.