Banned Books

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Flex your First Amendment right by partaking in an annual rite, Banned Books Week!
The Library offers several challenged titles, heeding the call of providing the citizens of Grand Rapids a library collection free from censorship and suppression.

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The Classics

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Fiction Fitzgerald)

The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger (Fiction Salinger)

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (Fiction Steinbeck)

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (Fiction Lee)

The Color Purple by Alice Walker (Fiction Walker)

Ulysses by James Joyce (Fiction Joyce)

Beloved by Toni Morrison (Fiction Morrison)

Lord of the Flies by William Golding (Fiction Golding)

1984 by George Orwell (Fiction Orwell)

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (Fiction Nabokov)

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (Fiction Steinbeck)

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (Fiction Heller)

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (Fiction Huxley)

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway (Fiction Hemingway)

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner (Fiction Faulkner)

A Farewell To Arms by Ernest Hemingway (Fiction Hemingway)

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (Fiction Conrad)

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (Fiction Hurston)

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (Fiction Ellison)

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison (Fiction Morrison)

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (Fiction Mitchell)

Native Son by Richard Wright (Fiction Wright)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey (Fiction Kesey)

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut (Fiction Vonnegut)

For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway (Fiction Hemingway)

The Call of the Wild by Jack London (jFiction London)

Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin (Fiction Baldwin)

All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren (Fiction Warren)

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair (Fiction Sinclair)

Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence (Fiction Lawrence)

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (Science Fiction Burgess)

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (364.1523 C173ic)

The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie (Fiction Rushdie)

Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence (Fiction Lawrence)

Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut (Fiction Vonnegut)

A Separate Peace by John Knowles (Teen Fiction Knowles)

Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs (Fiction Burroughs)

Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence (Fiction Lawrence)

The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer (Fiction Mailer)

Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller (Fiction Miller)

An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser (Fiction Dreiser)

Rabbit, Run by John Updike (Fiction Updike)

Recently Challenged Books

Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya (Teen Fiction Paperback Anaya)

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (Biography Angelou, Maya)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (Teen Fiction Paperback Chbosky)

The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier (Teen Fiction Paperback Cormier)

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (Fiction Hosseini)

His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman (Teen Fiction Pullman)

And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson (Picture Book Richardson)

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