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Virtual Displays: Banned Books Week 9/27/2020 - 10/03/2020

This guide showcases eBook versions of physical displays at the Fr. Leonard Alvey Library.

Infographic provided courtesy of American Library Association (ALA)

Infographic provided courtesy of American Library Association (ALA)

Infographic provided courtesy of American Library Association (ALA)

Infographic provided courtesy of American Library Association (ALA)

Infographic provided courtesy of American Library Association (ALA)

Infographic provided courtesy of American Library Association (ALA)

Infographic provided courtesy of American Library Association (ALA)

Slaughterhouse-Five

Billy Pilgrim returns home from the Second World War only to be kidnapped by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore, who teach him that time is an eternal present.

The Color Purple

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, this novel about a resilient and courageous woman has become a Broadway show and a cultural phenomenon. A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick 

The Kite Runner

The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father's servant, caught in the tragic sweep of history, The Kite Runner transports readers to Afghanistan at a tense and crucial moment of change and destruction. A powerful story of friendship, it is also about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons--their love, their sacrifices, their lies.   

A Prayer for Owen Meany

In the summer of 1953, two eleven-year-old boys--best friends--are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary.

Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451 is Ray Bradbury's classic novel of censorship and defiance, as resonant today as it was when it was first published nearly 50 years ago. Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires... The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning ... along with the houses in which they were hidden. 

The Lovely Bones

This is a novel about life and death, forgiveness and vengeance, memory and forgetting. 14-year-old murder victim Susie Salmon looks down on her family and friends from heaven.

Go Ask Alice

Based on the diary of a fifteen-year-old drug user chronicling her struggle to escape the pull of the drug world. Being fifteen is hard, but Alice seems fine. She babysits the neighbour's kids. She is doing well at school. Someday she'd even like to get married and raise a family of her own. Then she is invited to a party, a special party where the drinks are spiked with LSD and Alice is never the same again.

The Handmaid's Tale

In Margaret Atwood's dystopian future, environmental disasters and declining birthrates have led to a Second American Civil War. The result is the rise of the Republic of Gilead, a totalitarian regime that enforces rigid social roles and enslaves the few remaining fertile women. Offred is one of these, a Handmaid bound to produce children for one of Gilead's commanders. Deprived of her husband, her child, her freedom, and even her own name, Offred clings to her memories and her will to survive. At once a scathing satire, an ominous warning, and a tour de force of narrative suspense,