Thursday, October 1, 2009

Happy Banned Books Week!

"Where books are burned, in the end people will burn." German poet Heinrich Heine, 1820

September 26-October 3, 2009 is Banned Books Week, an annual celebration of the freedom to read and free speech. We here at FMF love all our feminist librarian friends and thank them for their fight for open knowledge and empowerment through reading. Check out the American Library Association's Banned Book Week site for lists of frequently banned books and ideas of how to celebrate. Some of our recommendations of scandalous feminist tomes that are often the target of the book banning set:
  • The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
  • Mrs. Dalloway, by Virginia Woolf
  • The Awakening, by Kate Chopin
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
  • Forever, by Judy Blume (or let's be honest--anything by Judy Blume)
  • What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Girls: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Daughters, by Lynda Madaras
  • The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood
Your recommendations?

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