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Boise Celebrates 'Banned Books' Week


The list of books banned in the U.S. over the years is also a catalog of some of the most popular bestsellers of the past several decades years: The Great Gatsby, The Grapes of Wrath, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Catcher in the Rye, The Hunger Games and Captain Underpants, among them.

Each September, booksellers across the nation celebrate Banned Books Week, pushing back against local governments and school districts that continue to try to censor books they deem "harmful."

This weekend, the ACLU of Idaho is holding its own mobile banned book sale with volunteers hawking tomes via bicycle in several Boise neighborhoods, including Hyde Park and in the downtown Boise core. Volunteers said they'll also be selling banned books at the Roosevelt Market in East Boise.

Boise's biggest banned book sale is usually held at Rediscovered Books, where dozens of titles are being sold at a 20 percent discount from Sunday, Sept. 25 through Saturday, Oct. 1. Additionally, customers are invited to get their "mugshot" taken with a banned book at the downtown store.

Here's the list of the top ten "most challenged books" in the U.S. during 2015:
  1. Looking for Alaska, by John Green 
  2. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James
  3. I Am Jazz, by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
  4. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out, by Susan Kuklin
  5. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon
  6. The Holy Bible
  7. Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel
  8. Habibi, by Craig Thompson
  9. Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan, by Jeanette Winter
  10. Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan