Banned Books Week: Nonfiction Books

Posted on September 22, 2022

by Brooke C

Banned Books Week is a week to celebrate the freedom to read by highlighting books that have been challenged or banned. This blog highlights 5 nonfiction books that have frequently been challenged or banned. Very often, a person reads nonfiction to consider perspectives that are different from their own. I encourage you to read one or all of the books below and do just that!

The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

eBook | eAudiobook | Spoken CD | Large Print

Jeanette Walls memoir paints a picture of her childhood growing up in an impoverished dysfunctional family. It has been challenged, especially in high schools, for portrayals of alcoholism, addiction, bullying, and abuse, and use of explicit language.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

eBook | eAudiobook | Spoken CD

This autobiography covers her childhood years and explores subjects such as racism, identity, rape, and literacy. Angelou is one of the most banned authors in U.S. history, and this book has been challenged for vulgar language, sexual explicitness, racism, and portrayals of rape.

Nickel and Dimed: On (not) Getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich

Spoken CD | Large Print | hoopla

In this book, Ehrenreich investigates the lives of unskilled workers and how government policy impacts the working poor. This book has been challenged for drugs, offensive language, anti-religious, and biased portrayal of capitalism.

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin


Beyond Magenta is a series of interviews with six transgender or gender-neutral teenagers. It has been banned and challenged for LGBTQIA+ content and being sexually explicit.

A Child Called It: One Child’s Courage to Survive by Dave Pelzer

Spanish| eBook | hoopla

Pelzer’s childhood is one of the worst child abuse cases in the history of the state of California. In this book he tells his story of survival. This book has been challenged for graphic depictions of child abuse.

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