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Book Review: On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder

I know we’re only 60 days into the year. But last night I read one of the most important books of 2017.

Timothy Snyder’s On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century is a slim yet essential volume using history to outline methods of protecting American democracy. Even prior to the election “fascism” became a […]

It’s BBW 2016

No, not B-Dubs. Banned Books Week, a frequent topic on this blog. It is a frequent topic because of my views on how crucial books and reading are to life. This year BBW runs from today through October 1.

Each year, the American Library Associated publishes a list of the year’s top 10 most frequently […]

Anniversary of a banned American classic

This week marked the 75th anniversary of the publication of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. Normally, what comes to mind is the book’s portrayal of the plight created by the Dust Bowl years of the Depression. Yet it stands for another object lesson about America. It was banned — and burned — in the […]

Banned Books That Shaped America: Part 2

Yesterday we looked at almost a century of American classic books that have been banned or challenged, all on the list compiled by the Library of Congress of “Books That Shaped America.” Today we’ll complete the 20th Century and take a step into the 21st.

Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, Alfred C. Kinsey (1948) […]

Banned Books That Shaped America: Part 1

Last year, the Library of Congress created an exhibition called “Books That Shaped America.” The LOC doesn’t contend it’s an exclusive list; it was intended to start discussion about books written by Americans that influenced our lives.

The LOC made an apt observation about some of the 88 books on the list. “Some of the […]

2012’s most challenged books

Each year during National Library Week, the American Library Association releases a State of America’s Libraries report. One of the highlights (or lowlights) is that it contains the Top Ten List of Most Frequently Challenged Books, compiled annually by the organization’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. So here’s this year’s “winners”, in order, and the reasons […]