These books changed me. And banning books is actual fascism, not just the hyperbole kind on social media, but actual brain policing. That’s not America.
For this year’s Banned Book Week, I thought it would be fun to look at some of the best books some people don’t want you to read. For a comprehensive list of the banned books — from classics to the top 10 most challenged titles — check out the American Library Association website.
- The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum: There is no story I love more than this classic. I love every iteration from the original book to the 1939 MGM movie to the retelling in Gregory MacGuire’s Wicked series to the fanciful musicals both texts have inspired. From a literary standpoint, Oz was quite unique in its day. No other book at that time had a girl as a central character — one with her own agency and that the story revolved around completely — like Baum’s book. Yes, Alice in Wonderland has a girl in…
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