As Dea mentioned yesterday, it’s Banned Books Week, and it’s very important to us that you are encouraged to find out more out the books that were challenged and to support everyone’s right to choose what they want to read from the public library without someone else swooping in and telling them what’s not good for them. (Unless it’s us, of course, and we’re trying to steer you away from something like Breaking Dawn. Believe me, we’d have your own best interests at heart.)
You can find a list of frequently banned books here, but once you’ve read through them and learned how to practice witchcraft, how to be an occultist, how to promote the gay agenda and how to use all of the new curse words in the books, you might check out this list of band books – which will either drive up our search hits when people misspell, or convince an unfortunate group of readers that they’ve been misunderstanding the whole challenged books thing all along. It’s really a bunch of librarians encouraging you to go out and rock!
The Exes by Pagan Kennedy – The story of a four-person band who are all ex-boyfriends and girlfriends.
High Fidelity by Nick Hornby – If you haven’t heard of Rob, the music junkie, you must have at least seen the movie with John Cusack. A break-up story, set to music.
Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie – Robert Johnson, who allegedly sold his soul to the devil, reappears on the Spokane Indian Reservation and gives his enchanted guitar to the lead singer of the rock-and-roll band Coyote Springs.
The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos – The Mambo Kings are two brothers, Cesar and Nestor Castillo, Cuban-born musicians who immigrate to New York City in 1949.
The Commitments by Roddy Doyle – A group of working-class Irish kids form a band, The Commitments. Their mission: to bring soul to Dublin!
Long Way Back : a novel by Brendan Halpin – After tragedy strikes, Francis seeks solace in the punk rock music that sustained him in adolescence.
Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan – Nick, hoping to make his ex-girlfriend jealous, asks a stranger to be his girlfriend for five minutes. Norah says yes, and the two hit it off and embark on an all-night search for a legendary band’s secret show.
Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway – California high school student Audrey Cuttler dumps self-involved Evan, the lead singer of a little band called The Do-Gooders. Evan writes, “Audrey, Wait!,” a break-up song that’s so good it rockets up the billboard charts. And Audrey is suddenly famous!