Monday, September 08, 2008

Sarah's Book Club

Yet another hoax directed at Sarah Palin is making the rounds. It's been widely reported that she asked about how to get books removed from the public library in Wasilla going so far as firing the local librarian only to have to rehire her after public outrage. That hasn't kept the internets from circulating the list that nobody knows even exists or not. According to Wonkette, it is just the standard list of books that have been banned anywhere anytime.

But that doesn't mean it isn't suitable for a perfectly good meme. Like most reading list memes, the rules are to bold books you have read and italicize books you want to read. If you are really ambitious, give a count at the end. Here goes:

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Blubber by Judy Blume
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Canterbury Tales by Chaucer (well, all the smutty ones)
Carrie by Stephen King
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Christine by Stephen King
Confessions by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Cujo by Stephen King
Curses, Hexes, and Spells by Daniel Cohen
Daddy’s Roommate by Michael Willhoite
Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Peck
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
Decameron by Boccaccio
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Fallen Angels by Walter Myers
Fanny Hill (Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure) by John Cleland
Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Forever by Judy Blume
Grendel by John Champlin Gardner
Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
Have to Go by Robert Munsch
Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell - one of my childhood favorites
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Impressions edited by Jack Booth
In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
It’s Okay if You Don’t Love Me by Norma Klein
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
Little Red Riding Hood by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
Lord of the Flies by William Golding - I just can't get past where Piggy's glasses get broken.
Love is One of the Choices by Norma Klein
Lysistrata by Aristophanes
More Scary Stories in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
My Brother Sam Is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
My House by Nikki Giovanni
My Friend Flicka by Mary O’Hara
Night Chills by Dean Koontz
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer
One Day in The Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Ordinary People by Judith Guest
Our Bodies, Ourselves by Boston Women’s Health Collective
Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl
Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones by Alvin Schwartz
Scary Stories in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
Separate Peace by John Knowles
Silas Marner by George Eliot
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. - It wouldn't be a banned books list without Kurt.
Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
The Bastard by John Jakes
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
The Devil’s Alternative by Frederick Forsyth
The Figure in the Shadows by John Bellairs
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Snyder - Another childhood favorite
The Learning Tree by Gordon Parks
The Living Bible by William C. Bower
The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
The New Teenage Body Book by Kathy McCoy and Charles Wibbelsman
The Pigman by Paul Zindel
The Seduction of Peter S. by Lawrence Sanders
The Shining by Stephen King
The Witches by Roald Dahl
The Witches of Worm by Zilpha Snyder
Then Again, Maybe I Won’t by Judy Blume
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary by the Merriam-Webster Editorial Staff
Witches, Pumpkins, and Grinning Ghosts: The Story of the Halloween Symbols by Edna Barth

That puts me at twenty-two which isn't too bad.

BlatantCommentWhoring™: Which of these books would you ban?


Anonymous said...

Why do say Palin's book ban is a hoax? Not that she followed through - what I heard was that she asked the librarian about it, the librarian told her no way. You should read Catch-22 - you'd love it. I wouldn't ban any books. I was reading adult books when I was 12, including my brother's Henry Miller collection, and look how I turned out. Oh, wait...


Anonymous said...

@ anonymous: The hoax is the list (originally just a list of books which have been banned in the US), which has pretty much backfired and managed to obscure the fact of her actual request. Some of the books on this list weren't even published until after her tenure as mayor and that fact has let her defenders sweep the whole issue under the rug.

Anyway, I hit 28, but it's really 27 because Huck Finn is on there twice.

Anonymous said...

Not on the list, but I'd ban anything by Cormack McCarthy (sp?) b/c his writing style bugs me so dang much.

Funny that you've read Huck, but not Tom. Same here. Tom's dull.

Anonymous said...

The Alvin Schwartz Scary Stories books! Those scared the ever-living daylights out of me when I was little. The stories weren't bad at all, just the illustrations...yet I still had to force myself to look at them - like a gory car wreck.