Getting ready for Banned Books Week, we looked over the list of the past year’s most challenged books, and reviewed the list of books that have often been challenged in the past… And- SURPRISE!- many of these books are the ones most in demand in the shop. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hoseini, has been one of our most consistent seller these last two years. The Absolutley True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie, is a book we can barely find available – because no one wants to give it up! Whenever we get a copy of Stephen Chbosky’s, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, it will sell within a few days… We get a copy in on a Wednesday, it’s gone the following Saturday.
Looking over the list of all-time challenged books is like reading one of those must-read lists you see all over Facebook: Beloved, One Flew Over the Cukoo’s Nest, The Awakening, 1984, Naked Lunch, Their Eyes Are Watching God, Lolita, To Kill a Mockingbird, Persepolis, Slaughterhouse-Five… Not only are these also among our bestsellers, they are now on high school and college reading lists nationwide. Clearly there was more to them than controversy. And booksellers often have been in the forefront in the battle of controversial books, from Ulysses to Howl to Fun Home. Often these books give voice to the voiceless, to marginalized communities, to descriptions of injustice and visions of worlds that might come.
We are proud to help share these stories, and we invite you to expand your world by reading them.
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