In honor of Banned Books Week, LARB wants to know: Out of all the books that have been banned or challenged in the 21st century, from To Kill a Mockingbird to the Twilight Saga, which of those controversial tomes is your personal favorite?
For example, Catch-22 by Joseph Heller is one of our favorites — Heller’s surrealistic, cynical satire on wartime bureaucracy was banned in Strongsville, Ohio and challenged in both Dallas, Texas and Snoqualmie, Washington for its use of vulgar language. What gives this American classic its place of honor on our bookshelves is Heller’s free-wheeling style and his outlandishly offbeat cast of characters, as he accuses modern life of being completely insane.
Check here for 2013’s most banned and challenged books, and let us know! Tell us in a reblog or in the answer box, and we’ll post the answers we like best on Sunday evening.
So, which banned or challenged book is your favorite, and why?