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The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood
The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood | J. Brooks Bouson
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This title includes in-depth discussions of Margaret Atwood's ""The Handmaid's Tale"". ""The Handmaid's Tale"" won international acclaim when it was first published in 1985; with it, Margaret Atwood won Canada's Governor General's Award as well as the Arthur C. Clarke Award and was nominated for the Booker Prize. Written in the midst of the anti-feminist backlash and the culture wars of the 1980s, readers recognized it as a timely and chilling dystopian novel depicting a future in which the American government has been overthrown by religious fundamentalists who have, in turn, erected a patriarchal theocracy. Though Atwood had doubts about the novel when she was writing it, and though both conservative and liberal critics have found fault with it, the years following ""The Handmaid's Tale""'s publication have been rich with critical discussion. Edited and with an introduction by J. Brooks Bouson, a widely recognized Atwood scholar, this volume in the ""Critical Insights"" series collects some the novel's best critics to introduce high school students and undergraduates to one of Atwood's most widely read novels. Original essays by Lisa Jadwin and Dominick Grace lend context to the novel by surveying the political and cultural events out of which the novel grew as well as how Atwood's critics have responded to the novel. Two other original essays by Matthew Bolton and Jennifer E. Dunn explore the novel in light the dystopian literary tradition and feminist literary theory. This collection of republished essays continues the conversation as Coral Ann Howells considers the novel's narrative structure and Madonne Miner and Shirley Neuman examine the role of love in the novel. Chinmoy Banerjee addresses the topic of criticism as commodity in the novel, Elisabeth Hansot and Hilde Staels investigate hegemonic and subversive discourses, and Danita J. Dodson reads the story in light of America's Puritanistic past. Finally, Eleonora Rao offers a psychoanalytic reading that focuses on narrative gaps and ambiguities, and Karen F. Stein and Joseph Andriano consider the novel's metafictional elements. Each essay is 5,000 words in length, and all essays conclude with a list of 'Works Cited', along with endnotes. Finally, the volume's appendixes offer a section of useful reference resources: a chronology of the author's life; a complete list of the author's works and their original dates of publication; a general bibliography; a detailed paragraph on the volume's editor; notes on the individual chapter authors; and, a subject index.
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SomedayAlmost
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Any other Texans want to move? #sexism #racism #classism #ableism

TiredLibrarian 😪 - Offering you a welcome to New York 😊 2y
SomedayAlmost The average Texan is a totally empathic, friendly person who cares about women & fairness. Abbott & his cronies pander to rich Evangelicals & do not care at all. 2y
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Rodrigo002
Mehso-so

The book, is a great dystopia. The way society works and the role women play in it, is really interesting. Nevertheless the story is quite slow and at some point unnecessary long. Nevertheless the book really takes it time so that the reader can get to know the protagonist and also the way she thinks.

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Rodrigo002

I am at page 250, I believe the main thing I have learned about the book is that there is nothing worse than a broken spirit, when people give all of what they believe in up, just to live for a little longer, or because they are afraid of what might happen to them. So they just live a life that is not alright for them, feeling out of place every single moment.

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Rodrigo002

I am at page 250, I believe the main thing I have learned about the book is that there is nothing worse than a broken spirit, when people give all of what they believe in up, just to live for a little longer, or because they are afraid of what might happen to them. So they just live a life that is not alright for them, feeling out of place every single moment.

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bookvixen
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Read in July 2020

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Graciouswarriorprincess
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This is too cute!

Come-read-with-me 😂😂 4y
sarahbarnes 🤣🤣🤣 4y
MariaW „Love in the times of Corona“ is missing! 😜 4y
Graciouswarriorprincess @Come-read-with-me @sarahbarnes @MariaW You are right!! 👍🏻🥰📚 4y
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jordan_lent54

I‘ve waited forever to pick this book up and finally decided to tackle it. Read the first half of the book in the first sitting. Lot of quotable passages. Lots of thought provoking passages especially about gender roles and expectations. Stuff I heard growing up. Who of us (females) hasn‘t heard from our mothers some of the ideas that come up in this book?

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Readaholics
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Pickpick

It‘s been 20+ years since I‘ve read this book, but my feminist book club chose to read it next month. Bonus - Atwood is speaking in Santa Cruz. I‘m so excited! 🎉 I didn‘t appreciate the subtleties she baked into the dystopian story, but I sure do love them now. Enjoying my lazy Saturday read as I try and beat this sore throat and avoid the Corona craziness in my area.

QuintusMarcus I had the same experience, re-reading the book for the first time since it was first published. Much greater appreciation for Atwood‘s intelligence and subtlety. 4y
IMASLOWREADER first of all i hope you feel better and second this book is one of my favorites 4y
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Rebecca.Eckland
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I have this ongoing experiment where I reread books after twenty or so years to see if my perceptions of story shift as I get older. /The Handmaid‘s Take/ has always been a dark story, but this time it was downright terrifying— especially to ponder reproductive rights in a society that does not value women (politically, ideologically, etc.) in the same way as it does men. I love Atwood‘s work and if you haven‘t read this, do.

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Naya
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Pickpick

Intelligent, interesting, plausible, definitely a must read.

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marleed
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Final 3x3 grid of #BFCr3. Low score helps me appreciate the rest. Tagged my 5*, but 4 others were so close. 6-9 from my physical TBR!

5* = Loved It! I want friends to read and my own physical copy. A+
4*= Liked it a lot, would love to discuss. Solid B
3*=Meh, no need to discuss. Average C
2*=Nope D
1*=DNF F

1. 4.75 A
2. 4.75 A
3. 2.75 C-
4. 4.25 B+
5. 4.5 A-
6. 4 B
7. 4.75 A
8. 5 A+
9. 4.75 A

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Sara_Planz
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When you literally are like “dystopian fiction” or “real life”? My co-manager and I were feeling inspired today.

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LitsyHappenings
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Repost for @GatheringBooks :
Bibliophiles love to plan their reading. Here is the July-September ReadAlong Chat list for #WomenReadWomen2019. Everyone‘s welcome to join! Do let me know in the Comments Section if you wish to be tagged! Tagging those who have indicated an interest previously.

GatheringBooks thank youuuuu!! 5y
AnneFindsJoy @GatheringBooks Great theme and great book selections‘ Would love to join in, please tag me! (edited) 5y
swatreads I'd love to join @GatheringBooks 5y
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GatheringBooks @AnneFindsJoy awesome! will do so. :) 5y
GatheringBooks @swatreads perfect! will tag you! 5y
swatreads Thank you 🤗 @GatheringBooks 5y
blank @GatheringBooks Can I still be tagged for this going forward? ☺️ 5y
GatheringBooks @laurenslibrary of course! will do. 5y
blank @GatheringBooks Thank you!! 5y
GatheringBooks @laurenslibrary we are discussing big little lies at the end of the month! i can tag you as well. :) 5y
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beccamlvn
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I really want to start watching the Hulu show... but I won't let myself until I read the book(s). Here we go!

Djspens I did the same thing! I'm glad I read the book first! 5y
Fridameetslucy I feel like I‘m living through this in the USA - so I‘ve been resisting re reading it bc of that. 5y
ShelleyBooksie I call this the book I love to hate. It made me so mad! 5y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!! 5y
AndreaLove Me too, 1/2 way through the book and Loving it! 5y
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tracydishman17

24/70

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Valeka
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My mantra for the day.

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kelliemogg

Wow.

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Sara_Planz
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I decided to splurge on a once in a lifetime opportunity to attend a meet and greet with Margaret Atwood and hear her speak.

Karisa Absolutely! 🎉 5y
TrishB Cool 👍🏻 5y
SamAnne Jealous. 5y
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Floresj
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Pickpick

Came late to this party, but glad I jumped on the bandwagon. I love dystopian novels and this one was chilling, relevant, and gripping. The slow exposure of Offred‘s story and her current situation was expertly revealed. A short read, Atwood tells just enough to let your mind ponder possibilities- just like Offred‘s world. Great read!

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Tonton
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OsteoValkyrie
Pickpick

One of my favorites! I read it a few years ago and it was my first read of 2018.

#ov2018reads

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Mitch
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Well that‘s a relief ( I think?!😂)

What are you? https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/which-great-american-read-are-you/

iread2much I got Game of Thrones :) 6y
mgallo1968 I got Handmaid‘s Tale too 6y
Mitch You must like winter @iread2much ! 6y
iread2much @Mitch it‘s my favorite season :) 6y
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ajshrk90
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Panpan

Every ounce of me wanted to be able to praise the Handmaid‘s Tale, but I just can‘t. I really didn‘t like how this was written: the lack of context to tell me what was going on, the lack of differentiation between memories and the present, the lack of damn quotation marks. There were a lot of places I just didn‘t give a fig about, and I felt myself skimming as I got towards the end. I really wanted to like it, but I just couldn‘t. #GARBingo

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elainerj
Pickpick

Awesome

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802Librarian
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Pickpick

It seems a little weird marking this as a pick when I found everything about it horrifying. But there you go.

MayJasper That's just the way it is sometimes 😊 6y
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5280reader
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Such a fine line between these freedoms. #greatamericanread #gar

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sofiaga
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Chilled Sunday rereading this classic.

Kalalalatja Great cover! 6y
sofiaga @Kalalalatja thanks! It‘s a Canadian edition. 6y
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MelissaSue81
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I last read this book 8 or 9 years ago. It‘s a bit more anxiety inducing these days.

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MayJasper
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@ShookBelf thank you for your kindness and generosity 😊 I so look forward to reading it #bookmail 😊😊😊

JanJan I love that cover! 6y
Cinfhen Same @JanJan 😍😍 6y
readinginthedark That cover is amazing! 😍 6y
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KrystleTheBookSlayer
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Pickpick

This is a truly disturbing dystopian novel because it's fairly believable considering the current state of American Society.

That being said, I would have loved more details from the past & how everything changed so quickly & drastically. Of course, that may have been hard with Offred recalling the story to us...can we have a prequel?

SqueakyChu I have this book near-by to read. I‘ve been hesitating because I recently read 1984 for the first time ever. That book freaked me out! I fear the same will happen when I read The Handmaid‘s Tale. Eeek! 6y
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KrystleTheBookSlayer
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1) I just started The Handmaid's Tale!
2) Thriller or Horror.
3) Peeps, although I'm probably more likely to get something else. Reeses eggs, chocolate truffles, chocolate caramel bunnies, or some combo of chocolate with nuts or marshmallows.
4) my most recent follows 😊 @bessejayne91 @vkois88 @AshleyHoss820

@Syndelle777 #HappyEaster

BeansPage Horror rocks! 🤘🏻 6y
vkois88 Thank you for the tag ❤ 6y
AshleyHoss820 #2! Yes! 6y
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elihpoilbib
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"We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories."

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Conservio
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I miss these! It‘s cool to look back through the years.

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AnastasiaPoirier
Pickpick

Fantastic, terrifying, important. It should be required reading for everyone, especially men. A friend of mine once said this book is the only book to ever make him feel empathy for a fictional character.

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Loric
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Mehso-so

So disappointed... I Didn't hate it, but didn't love it either... Just kinda meh! This is probably my first instance where I enjoyed the movie more than the book

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sarahjane1077
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Wearing one of my favorite bookish t-shirts today from @outofprint and @bookriot

#margaretatwood #booknerd #nerdchic #dontletthebastardsgrindyoudown

sarahjane1077 ☺️ 6y
Christine11 Love it! 6y
sarahjane1077 Thanks! 6y
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Quasifesto
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Instead of the sports-ball prom, I decided to try #audiopuzzling I‘m no fan of audiobooks, and I have never completed even one, BUT this is narrated by Claire Danes! Low key crushing on here since My So-Called Life. I thought the red themed puzzle apropos of the book.

YouReadMyEyes I loved this audio narration. Maybe you‘ll try more audiobooks after this 🙂 the right narrator can make all the difference! 6y
LaLecture I‘ve never been a fan of audiobooks either but Litsy is actually giving me great ideas. Audio walks, audio puzzling. Maybe I should try that :). 6y
CathyJ I love audio walks and audio driving, but not all books make good audio books. I prefer lighter reads for audio where it is not too complicated to follow. 6y
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LoLo_and_The_Dude Please forgive my audio-ignorance, what is audio puzzling? 6y
LoverofLit Sports ball prom 😂😂😂 6y
Quasifesto @LoLo_and_The_Dude I‘m simply listening to an audio book while working on a jigsaw puzzle. 6y
LoLo_and_The_Dude Wow did I over complicate that @Quasifesto! I thought it was some cool game that I was missing out on. 6y
Quasifesto @LoLo_and_The_Dude Ha, well there is very little that is “cool” about me anymore. You‘re not missing much. I do what I want, though, and that‘s way better than being cool ever was. 6y
LoLo_and_The_Dude Perhaps “cool” was not the best description; how about interesting or fun? Moot point, I suppose. 6y
readinginthedark Audiobooks are so perfect for when you‘re also doing something else. I listen to them all the time now. And I would second what others said about finding the right narrator and genre for you. Some books just don‘t work as well on audio. 6y
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jnichole
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Mehso-so

I'm not sure what to say. I didn't hate it, but I didn't like it either.

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eshchory
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Mehso-so

Interesting concept but I still find Atwood's writing rather bland and aloof.

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jnichole
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My current read

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Sarah1960
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I was absolutely not prepared by this book. Disturbing yet so riveting! Cannot wait to drive to work tomorrow, I may need to leave early and sit and listen in the parking lot!! ☺️

readordierachel 👍🏽 6y
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GidgetsTreasures75
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12-31-17: #decktheshelves Favorite of the year. I loved them all! Here's to actually meeting my goal in 2018! 📚#️⃣3️⃣1️⃣ 📖⭐️ @JoeStalksBeck @Tiffy_Reads

Dulcinella 😍💐💐🥂 6y
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SheilaChew
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Banned book socks! Love them!

SheilaChew Thanks @Branwen ! These are awesome! 6y
Book_Shark I need these! 6y
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Mdargusch I‘m wearing mine today too! 6y
Branwen Yaaay! They look great! :-) 6y
Copwithabook I‘m so jealous 6y
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ZoeyPeacock
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My Christmas present was a US first edition of one of my favorite books! He did good! ❤️

JoeStalksBeck Wow ! 6y
Wellreadhead This is amazing! 6y
OrangeMooseReads Awesome! 6y
underground_bks I have a first American too—treasured part of my collection 😍😍😍 6y
Linda_Bloodworth_Author Love this book. Are you excited for the sequel? 5y
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Savugirl
Pickpick

This isn't a review of the book, but I couldn't figure out how to put this here any other way. I've read the book multiple times. So I wondered how bad the miniseries messed it up. Normally so many things are deleted from a book. However, this time things were added and they really added to the story. Wonder if they were originally part of the book.

Tove_Reads Just choose ”blurb” 🙂 6y
Savugirl Okay, thanks. 6y
Savugirl @Tove_Reads Hei - I just tried what you said and it wouldn't let me unless I tagged a book. Uugh 6y
Tove_Reads @Savugirl Yup, you have to do it. Choose ”Untitled” if you want to write about something else than a certain book. 6y
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RuthyBux
Pickpick

Wow. I read this first when I was about 15, and while I enjoyed it I don't think I could appreciate the message that Atwood was conveying. I simply read it as a story, and missed the underlying themes.

I reread this again about a year ago, and it hit me like a tonne of bricks. An excellent but often challenging read.

4.5🌟

[DELETED] 3803335244 I liked this book but I felt so much needed to be explained. She needed either a prequel or sequel either would be great! 6y
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Aurora0044
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Just wanted to put an FYI out there for you all of you do not own The Handmaid's Tale yet, Amazon has the kindle edition on sale today for only $2.99.

Jess7 I own the ebook of it! I‘m excited about reading this eventually. 6y
Aurora0044 @Jess7 I bought the deal so I'm excited to read it now 😊 6y
Sarah1960 I got this today with the day. SO excited! 6y
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Mamashep
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IBook readers, this one's in sale today. One of the scariest books I've ever read and feeling more and more real every day.

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Readingnomad1
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I spy banned books at my local bookstore 🤓 #bannedbooks #bannedbooksweek