QUESTION: What do the books Beloved by Toni Morrison, The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling have in common?

ANSWER:They are among the most frequently challenged books of recent years. For nearly 20 years, the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) has collected reports on book challenges. A challenge is defined as a formal, written complaint, filed with a library or school, requesting that materials be removed or restricted because of content or appropriateness. In 2009, OIF received 460 reports on efforts to remove or restrict materials from school curricula and library bookshelves.

RECOMMENDATION: Read a "banned book" during " Banned Books Week" and celebrate your fearless, untamed, thirsty, inquisitive, truth-seeking, exploring mind.

One must-read book that the staff at Revolution Books definitely recommends is
The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, which is listed as one of the "most controversial books in the Western Canon", because of... "challenging capitalism!"

Come in and get one for a friend or loved one today. Here is a list of book stores around the country observing Banned Books Week, including ours.