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Banned Books | DK
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Immerse yourself in the stories behind the most shocking and infamous books ever published! Censorship of one form or another has existed almost as long as the written word, while definitions of what is deemed "acceptable" in published works have shifted over the centuries, and from culture to culture. Banned Books explores why some of the world's most important literary classics and seminal non-fiction titles were once deemed too controversial for the public to read - whether for challenging racial or sexual norms, satirizing public figures, or simply being deemed unfit for young readers. From the banning of All Quiet on the Western Front and the repeated suppression of On the Origin of the Species, to 1984, Fahrenheit 45, Catcher in the Rye and Huckleberry Fin, this must-have volume examines the astonishing role that some banned books have played in changing history. Packed with eye-opening insights into the history of the written word, and the political and social climate during the period of suppression or censorship, this is a must-read for anyone interested in literature, creative writing, politics, history, or the law. Delve into this compelling collection of the world's most controversial books to discover: - Covers a broad range of genres and subject areas in fiction and non-fiction, ranging from Alice's Adventures in - Wonderland to Spycatcher - Offers informative insights into society, politics, law, and religious beliefs, in different countries around the world - Features images of first editions and specially commissioned illustrations of the books' authors - Includes extracts from the banned books along with key quotations about them - Completely global in scope A must-have volume for avid readers and literary scholars alike, alongside those with an interest in the law, politics and censorship, Banned Books profiles a selection of the most infamous, intriguing and controversial books ever written, whilst offering a unique perspective on the history of the written word, with insights into the often surprising reasons books have been banned throughout history and across the world. Whether as a gift or self-purchase, this brilliant book is a must-have addition to the library of curious thinkers, borrowers and lifelong learners. If you enjoy Banned Books, then why not try Great Loves - the first title in DK's quirky new hardback series, full of insightful and intriguing topics.
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Tamra
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Proposed bill in MN to ban banning books in schools & public libraries! I hope it passes! 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

https://www.mprnews.org/story/2024/03/21/ban-on-book-bans-introduced-in-minnesot...

I‘ll be even prouder to live on a blue island in a sea of red.

JenP I‘m on school committee in my town (in a very blue state) and last week we got our first request to ban two middle school books. I never thought I would see that here. And I‘m only hoping it comes to our vote before I leave school committee so I can deny the request. My term is over in May (edited) 3w
Tamra @JenP 🤞🏾🤞🏾🤞🏾 3w
KathyWheeler My guess is that the people requesting the bans haven‘t even read the books. 3w
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Tamra @KathyWheeler nope. 🙄 3w
dabbe Go, Minnesota! May the purple state of AZ follow your lead. 🤩🤩🤩 3w
jlhammar Me too! I was very pleased to hear about this. 3w
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AllDebooks
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One of my all-time favourite books is on the banned books list. I'm really enjoying this Audible edition during #bannedbooksweek2023
I fully support #freedomtoread and endorse all endeavours to turn the tide on archaic censorship.

The whole point of writing and literature is to open our minds to new thoughts and experiences we might not ordinarily have access to. ⬇️

AllDebooks Whole worlds, characters, creatures, adventures, ideas and knowledge await the turn of a page. There is no such thing as a prescribed reading list. Each reader has the ability to read and understand text, forming their own opinions, contextualising and debating. All of this helps make us more compassionate, empathetic people. Reading feeds our very humanity, or it should.
The banned books in America makes me sick to my stomach. ⬇️
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AllDebooks We need to fight this and stop the rot now. I think a child would be done more harm from elitist, narrow-minded, toxic views of what's 'normal', than they would reading a book that makes them think. See Alan Cummings video on how his book about his 2 dogs was banned because they have 2 Dads!!

Look to see how you can help and get involved.
https://bannedbooksweek.org/
https://pen.org/banned-book-week-action/

6mo
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TheBookgeekFrau
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So excited my library is doing this 😁 So bummed you have to be between 12-18 yrs to participate 😕

MommyWantsToReadHerBook Lol at your second sentence 7mo
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Amiable
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She has a point.

AmyG Ha! 8mo
dabbe 🤣🤣🤣 8mo
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OriginalCyn620
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Pickpick

Enjoyed this look into the world‘s most banned and challenged books. Very enlightening!

#bookspinbingo - free space

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 8mo
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ncsufoxes
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This image is from Ohhappidani on IG. As she remarked this isn‘t even factoring in 2023. She also mentioned https://pen.org/issue/free-the-books/ working on their legal fight against banned books.

dabbe #headedforthedarkagesagain #keepfighting #banbanningbooks #bbb
I'm on a hashtag toll today. 🤣🤩🤗
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Chrissyreadit
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Meshell1313 🤣🤣🤣🤣👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 11mo
TheBookgeekFrau 😂😂 11mo
DGRachel I love this!!!! 11mo
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ravenlee Hell yes! But I mean…that‘s just about all of us anymore, isn‘t it? 😆 11mo
Bookwormjillk 😂 11mo
JenReadsAlot Hilarious 😂 11mo
IndoorDame 👏👏👏👏👏👏 11mo
dabbe #bravo 👏🤣🤩😍 11mo
BookLove4Ever Not entirely accurate but still funny 😆 11mo
Ruthiella 😂😂😂 11mo
CoverToCoverGirl Excellent advise! 11mo
Reggie Lololol 11mo
bthegood I. LOVE. THIS. 🙂 11mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Hahahahahaha 11mo
Bookzombie 😂 11mo
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bookishbitch
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New shirt. Who dis?

CBee 😍😍😍😍😍 12mo
TheBookHippie 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 12mo
AmyG Nice! 12mo
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Monica5
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Read whatever you like! Don't worry what others may think📚❤️📚

CoverToCoverGirl Exactly!!!💜 13mo
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Hooked_on_books
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I think we all know that banning books is stupid, harmful, and narrow-minded. This little book looks back to the earliest written word up to today, looking at some notable banned books and why they‘ve been challenged. The only one I can actually see the reasoning behind is the one pictured, though I still don‘t advocate banning. Really interesting read.

Anna40 My sister teaches literature at uni and de Sade is one of her fields of research. 13mo
Hooked_on_books @Anna40 Oh wow, I can‘t imagine that. I‘m just not sure why we need a book about a group of men holding children hostage so they can rape, torture and kill them. I know all his work is controversial and provocative, but I‘ve never read him. 13mo
Anna40 Yes, I don‘t know why she‘s fascinated by that topic. 13mo
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britt_brooke
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My boys checking out the “banned” section at our local children‘s indie and not understanding what‘s wrong with people. Fortunately, they‘ve read many of these books as part of our elementary school‘s ELA curriculum (Wit & Wisdom). Sadly, the challengers are coming for our curriculum, too. 🤬

#raisingreaders #RightToRead

AlaMich I live in a blue city and I am a liberal. All the stories of book-banning lately fill me with rage. 14mo
britt_brooke @AlaMich At the risk of sounding cheesy, there‘s a war on books in this country. It‘s awful. 14mo
AlaMich Essentially, there is a war on not being ignorant. 14mo
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melissajayne
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Bookish gifts from my parents

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NotCool
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“An author‘s first duty is to let down his country” Brendan Behan

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MaggieCarr
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22/30 at Banned Books Trivia Night at the local pub. Hard questions, but oh so fun!

tokorowilliamwallace O.o Which beers did you all order? I miss trivia social events. 2y
MaggieCarr @tokorowilliamwallace normally I'm all for a good Belgian white but I've been on an Old Fashioned kick lately. BUT during trivia it's all about the ciders this time of year 🤤 they had the audacity to have upcoming taps listed so taking the hubby back soon for blackberry cider. I've never had it but it sounds divine! 2y
tokorowilliamwallace Not much a fan of ciders personally, besides both an Irish and a Scottish one. But glad you're taking a current mood interest in Old Fashions! Not too many varieties of Belgian whites apart from Blue Moon, sadly. I personally go for trying out new sours whenever there's taps for them (not many microbreweries and bars carry/serve them). But I also like to experiment and vary it up every time I go out. 2y
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MaggieCarr
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Can't really rate this one. Just the perfect resource when looking for the jist of the most banned and challenged books. I did like the added content to each passage that references the most recent challenge sightings and why. The perfect book for cramming for Banned Books Week Trivia Night. May listen to it a few more times leading up to the competition 😆.