Banned Books Week – Celebrate the Freedom to Read
September 30 – October 6, 2012
On the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week, Bill explains why censorship is the biggest enemy of truth.
Come to Kirk Library to check out a banned book!
Below are links to the books Bill Moyers mentioned:
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
“Community, Identity, Stability” is the motto of Aldous Huxley’s utopian World State. Here everyone consumes daily grams of soma, to fight depression, babies are born in laboratories, and the most popular form of entertainment is a “Feelie,” a movie that stimulates the senses of sight, hearing, and touch. Though there is no violence and everyone is provided for, Bernard Marx feels something is missing and senses his relationship with a young women has the potential to be much more than the confines of their existence allow.
Color Purple by Alice Walker
Celie has been raped by the man she believes to be her father. She is robbed of her two children and married of to a man she hates. Her sister, Nettie, escapes the same fate and is befriended by missionaries who have unwittingly adopted Celie’s children. Separated for thirty years, the sisters live in ignorance of each other’s circumstances.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
In a racially divided Alabama town in the 1930s, widowed lawyer Atticus Finch agrees to defend a young black man accused of raping a white woman, teaching his children valuable lessons about prejudice and empathy.
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Catcher in the Rye covers three and a half days in the life of sixteen-year-old Holden Caulfield. Holden narrates the story, looking back some months later from the vantage point of a temporary, enforced stay in a psychiatric institution in California, where he’s visited by his older brother DB, a Hollywood writer. His younger brother Allie died three years previously from leukaemia. He also has a younger sister, Phoebe, who lives at home with their parents in New York City.
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Two drifters, one a gentle but slow giant, try to make money working the fields during the Depression so they can fulfill their dreams until one of them succumbs to his weakness for soft, helpless creatures and strangles the farmer’s wife.
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
An epic tale of fathers and sons, of friendship and betrayal, that takes us from Afghanistan in the final days of the monarchy to the atrocities of the present. The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption, and it is also about the power of fathers over sons-their love, their sacrifices, their lies.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
When an atomic physicist disappears on a secret mission, his son, daughter and their firend search for him, going on an interplanetary journey through time and space.
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Fahrenheit 451, the temperature at which book paper catches fire and burns. The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were burning–along with the houses in which they were hidden. Then he met a professor who told him of a future in which people could think–and Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do!
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Huck tells of his adventures travelling down the Mississippi on a raft with an escaped slave, and of the many people they encounter, including a pair of swindlers and two families in a feud.
A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
A collection of humorous poems and drawings.
Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches.