Cease and Desist

Once again, it’s the time of the year when the (incorrect) opinion of (certain) members of the public are collected and published into the Top Ten Books Americans Want Banned! This year, the headlines note that 8 out of 10 books featured concern diversity. In other words, race, culture, socio-economic standing, LGBT rights, mental illness, and settings outside the West make a number of Americans (and I’m sure others) uncomfortable. What better way to overcome prejudices, ignorance, and lack of exposure than to read the books that are attempting to illuminate all of the aspects that define our world? I suppose the silver lining of this annual charade is that rather than be buried, these 10 titles (one of which was published 1970; way to come to late to the party, people!) are given endless amounts of exposure.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the 2015 Winners:

1. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Sherman Alexie

2. Persepolis Marjane Satrapi

3. And Tango Makes Three Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

4. The Bluest Eye Toni Morrison

5. It’s Perfectly Normal Robie Harris

6. Saga Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples

7. The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini

8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower Stephen Chbosky

9. A Stolen Life Jaycee Dugard

10. Drama Raina Telgemeier


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