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What’s Your Favorite Banned Book?

1 October 2012 by Julie Biando Edwards

In recognition of the 30th Anniversary of Banned Books Week, we asked people around the library to share their favorite banned books. The list might surprise you. Take a look and leave us a comment telling us about your favorite banned books.

Audra Loyal, Adjunct Reference Librarian

Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes

Lolita, Vladimir Nbakov

Lord of the Flies, William Goldberg


Susanne Caro, Government Documents Librarian

The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis


Julie Biando Edwards, Ethnic Studies Librarian

Ulysses, James Joyce

Lord of the Flies, William Goldberg

Animal Farm and 1984, George Orwell

The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway

Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison

The Awakening, Kate Chopin

A Separate Peace, John Knowles

Rabbit, Run, John Updike

A Wrinkle in Time, Madeline L’Engle

Are You There, God?  It’s Me, Margaret, Judy Blume


Megan Stark, Undergraduate Services Librarian

Bridge to Terabithia,  Katherine Paterson

In the Night Kitchen, Maurice Sendak

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


Mike Maas, Circulation Night Supervisor

Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad

The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, and For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway


Sue Samson, Humanities Librarian

Merriam Webster and the American Heritage Dictionaries

Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck

The Bluest Eye and Beloved, Toni Morrison

The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank

Little Women, Louisa May Alcott

A Farewell to Arms and For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway

A Light in the Attic, Shel Silverstein


Kate Zoellner, Education, Human Sciences, Psychology and Social Work Librarian

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky

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

1984, George Orwell


Kimberly Swanson, Interim Social Sciences Librarian

In the Night Kitchen, Maurice Sendak

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou

The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck.

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One Response to “What’s Your Favorite Banned Book?”

  1. Kimberly James Says:

    Wow, I am surprised. This is an interesting list of classics –

    What about Herman Hesse’s books. Those seem like prime ban candidates!