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!
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.
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.
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.
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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