Today’s KDD: up to 80% off banned books
September 27th through October 3rd marks this year’s Banned Books Week. You can find out more about the event at the
Although it’s called “Banned” Books (mostly due to the power of alliteration, I think), it’s really more about books that are challenged by people. Banning suggests that the government prevents the book from being sold or read. Challenging is more a case of people in the public, often parents/legal guardians, wanting a book removed from a school, a school library, or a public library.
2014’s most challenged book, according to the site?
by Sherman Alexie.
What contributes to a book being one of the most challenged books?
There are various kinds of content, but that alone won’t get enough responses. There are plenty of books with content that offends a lot of people that almost no one even knows exists.
So, one thing we can assume about challenged books? They are impactful. People have heard of it, people have bought it, people have read it.
Now, it’s possible a book is preemptively protested, before it is even released…but I don’t think that’s going to get these sorts of challenges much…that’s going to be blogosphere material.
That’s one reason to read “banned books”: they are probably emotionally moving and/or intellectually challenging.
Another reason people read them is, well, to make the point. They want to counterpoint people who won’t read them and who want to prevent people from reading them, by doing just that…reading them.
Amazon has done this before in conjunction with Banned Books Week, and it’s a great opportunity. One of today’s
is up to 80% off banned and challenged books.
Today’s deals include:
- The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
- I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb
- Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
- The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
- Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
- God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything by Christopher Hitchens
- Their Eyes were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
- All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren
- Anastasia Krupnik by Lois Lowry
- The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron
- Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
- The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad
- Paula by Isabel Allende
- The F- It List by Julie Halpern
- In The First Circle by Alexandrr Solzhenitsyn
- I Am No One You Know by Joyce Carol Oates
- God’s Little Acre by Erskine Caldwell
- Get Well Soon by Julie Halpern
- Gentleman’s Agreement by Laura Z. Hobson
- When Dad Killed Mom by Julius Lester
- Rule of the Bone by Russell Banks
- Jumped In by Patrick Flores-Scott
- Chican by Richard Vasquez
- Great Short Works of Mark Twain
- My Book of Life by Angel by Matine Leavitt
Looked to me like the prices ranged from $0.99 to $2.99…nice! Remember to check the price before you click that Buy button: this deal may not apply in your country (and I have readers around the world…that’s always humbling to say).
You can also buy these as gifts, and delay the delivery date until the appropriate occasion.
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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. Shop ’til you help!
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