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September 25, 2016
15 NOTORIOUS LATINO BOOKS TO READ DURING BANNED BOOK WEEK
For centuries books have been “challenged.” In some cases the books were stored away out of sight, out of mind; in worse cases, they were burned and lost forever. Even today, books are “banned” for all sorts of reasons – violence, foul language, portrayals of abuse/drugs/alcoholism, religious points of view, sexual content, etc., etc., etc. Believe it or not, even The Holy Bible was banned at one point for sexual content and violence. No wonder it’s the number one bestselling book every year.
So to Celebrate Banned Book Week (Sept 25 – Oct 1) and to Celebrate Our Right to Read, here are 15 “notorious” Latino Books that have been banned at one time or another for all sorts of reasons. We encourage you to add them all to your Library and read them in public. Happy Reading!
NOTORIOUS BANNED LATINO BOOKS
- …And the Earth Did Not Devour Him by Tomás Rivera
- Always Running by Luis J. Rodriguez
- Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
- Down These Mean Streets by Piri Thomas
- How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez
- Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea
- Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
- Loverboys by Ana Castillo
- Mexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Peňa
- Occupied America: A History of Chicanos by Rodolfo Acuňa
- One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Márquez
- Rainbow Boys by Alex Sánchez
- The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
- The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
- The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros