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November 8th, 2011


aimmyarrowshigh
02:53 pm - Famous Authors at their Typewriters

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Authors Included: agatha christie, allen ginsberg, amy tan, angela carter, carson mccullers, dorothy parker, ernest hemingway, françoise sagan, george bernard shaw, george orwell, helen gurley brown, hunter s. thompson, j.g. ballard, jack kerouac, john cheever, langston hughes, margaret drabble, marlon brando, martin amis, patricia highsmith, philip roth, ralph ellison, sylvia plath, tennessee williams, william faulkner

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September 28th, 2011


aimmyarrowshigh
04:16 pm - Banned Books Week (Sep. 24 - Oct. 1, 2011)
These icons are all variations on three Banned Book Week slogans: "I Read Banned Books," "I Support Kids' Right to Read," and "I Support Teens' Right to Read." If your childhood or adolescence, or that of someone you love, was influenced, empowered, or saved a book, then support Banned Book Week.

From the Official Website --
During the last week of September every year, hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events. The 2011 celebration of Banned Books Week will be held from September 24 through October 1. Banned Books Week is the only national celebration of the freedom to read. It was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,000 books have been challenged since 1982.

According to the American Library Association, there were 348 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2010, and many more go unreported.

The 10 most challenged titles of 2010 were:

And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
Reasons: homosexuality, religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: offensive language, racism, religious viewpoint, sex education, sexually explicit, violence, unsuited to age group

Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
Reasons: insensitivity, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit

Crank, by Ellen Hopkins
Reasons: drugs, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit

The Hunger Games (series), by Suzanne Collins
Reasons: sexually explicit, violence, unsuited to age group


Lush, by Natasha Friend
Reasons: drugs, sexually explicit, offensive language, unsuited to age group

What My Mother Doesn't Know, by Sonya Sones
Reasons: sexism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America, by Barbara Ehrenreich
Reasons: drugs, inaccurate, offensive language, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint

Revolutionary Voices edited by Amy Sonnie
Reasons: homosexuality, sexually explicit

Twilight (series), by Stephenie Meyer
Reasons: sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence, unsuited to age group
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claim that any of these novels is "unsuited to age group" is ridiculous and dangerous. My personal favorite response to these spurious, fearmongering claims comes from an anonymous mother and librarian on a Banned Books Week blog entry from several years ago: " What may be unsuitable for a lucky child at age ten or twelve or thirteen may have already happened to an unlucky child. Books are the most salient way to make sure that they understand that they are not "unsuitable." What happened to them was."

Make sure that kids and teens, both lucky and unlucky, retain their right to read in your city, school district, and life. Support Banned Books Week.

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September 19th, 2011


aimmyarrowshigh
12:46 pm - Penguin Books Presents: Great Ideas (Vol. 21-40)

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Authors and Philosophers: Albert Camus, Baldesar Castiglione, Carl von Clausewitz, Christine de Pizan, Cicero, Confucius, David Hume, Francis Bacon, Henry David Thoreau, Lucretius, Marco Polo, Pplato, Sir Thomas Browne, Sun-Tzu, Søren Kierkegaard, Thomas Hobbes, Thorstein Veblen, Voltaire

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September 3rd, 2011


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03:20 am - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

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August 28th, 2011


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01:52 am - General Stock: Books & Reading


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August 12th, 2011


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01:18 am - Vegan Virgin Valentine, Carolyn Mackler
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July 9th, 2011


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05:13 am - Looking for Alaska, John Green

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July 5th, 2011


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04:48 pm - The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
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June 19th, 2011


aimmyarrowshigh
08:56 pm - General Stock: "My Entire Personality Can Be Found in the Books I've Read"

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May 4th, 2011


aimmyarrowshigh
05:01 pm - General Stock: Classic Book Covers (Inspired by Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classics)

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