Top 10 Banned Books in America
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 at 6:23 pm
The topic of book banning entered the national conversation since the public started hearing about Sarah Palin’s inquiry into censoring books at the Wasilla, Alaska, public library when she was mayor. (Check out the Mat-Su Frontiersman’s 1996 coverage of the controversy, dug up from the archives in Wasilla by TWI’s Laura McGann.)
At the time, Palin didn’t specify which books she wanted removed from the shelves.
ABC reports that at the same time Palin was involved in the library controversy, her church was pushing to do away with a book about a teenager addicted to drugs, “Go Ask Alice,” and preacher Howard Bess’ “Pastor, I Am Gay.”
Wasilla church-goers’ efforts to ban gay literature is much like campaigns in other communities across country. Sexuality, it seems, is regarded as one of the most controversial book topics in the United States.
TWI decided to find out just what books are the most challenged in the nation. So here’s the American Library Assn.’s list of the books subject to the most requests for removal from libraries or curricula in 2007, the latest year data is available.
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