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Banned Books Week

This playlist celebrates Banned Books Week (September 24-30, 2017) and our freedom to read without censorship. From the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to The Perks of Being a Wallflower, from The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian to The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, this playlist collects some of the most challenged books in the United States in one place, so readers can choose to listen freely.

City of Thieves

A Novel
By David Benioff
Narrated by Ron Perlman /  8 hours 28 minutes

From the critically acclaimed author of The 25th Hour and When the Nines Roll Over and co-creator of the HBO series Game of Thrones, a captivating novel about war, courage, survival — and a remarkable friendship that ripples across a lifetime.

During the Nazis’ brutal siege of Leningrad, Lev Beniov is arrested for looting and thrown into the... Read More »

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Al Capone Does My Shirts

Tales from Alcatraz
By Gennifer Choldenko
Narrated by Kirby Heyborne /  6 hours 10 minutes

1935
I want to be on Alcatraz like I want poison oak on my private parts. But apparently nobody cares, because now I’m Moose Flanagan, Alcatraz Island Boy–all so my sister can go to the Esther P. Marinoff School, where kids wear their clothes inside out and there isn’t a book in sight. Obedient Moose. I always do what I’m supposed to do.

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Death and the Maiden

By Ariel Dorfman
Narrated by John Kapelos, John Mahoney, Carolyn Seymour & Kristoffer Tabori /  1 hour 23 minutes

"Generally, it's the tortured who turn into torturers."
Carl Gustav Jung

Suspense mounts when Paulina and her husband offer hospitality to a stranger. Paulina thinks she recognizes, in their guest, the man who tortured her in prison, and she subsequently takes him hostage to find out the truth. A stunningly blunt and compelling play, Death and the... Read More »

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Looking for Alaska

By John Green
Narrated by Jeff Woodman /  7 hours 6 minutes

Featured title on PBS's The Great American Read in 2018

The award-winning, genre-defining debut from John Green, the #1 international bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars

Millions of copies sold!

Winner of the Michael L. Printz AwardA Los Angeles Times Book Prize FinalistA New York Times BestsellerA USA Today BestsellerTop Ten, NPR’s 10 Read More »0...
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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian 10th Anniversary Edition

By Sherman Alexie

The 10th anniversary edition of Sherman Alexie's National Book Award-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling novel--bonus content included!

Sherman Alexie, in his first book for young adults, tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior... Read More »

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Publication Date: March 19, 2019

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

By Mark Haddon
Narrated by Jeff Woodman /  6 hours 3 minutes

Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow.This improbable story of Christopher's quest to investigate the suspicious death of a... Read More »

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Crank

By Ellen Hopkins
Narrated by Laura Flanagan /  4 hours 31 minutes

Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter: gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. But on a trip to visit her absentee father, she meets a boy who introduces her to crank. At first she finds it freeing, but soon Kristina’s personality disappears inside the drug. What began as a wild, ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through... Read More »

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The Kite Runner

By Khaled Hosseini
Narrated by Khaled Hosseini /  12 hours 3 minutes

A Stunning Novel of Hope and Redemption

Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of the monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable and beautifully told story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Raised in the same household and sharing the same wet nurse, Amir and Hassan grow up in different worlds: Amir... Read More »

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The Disappearing Spoon

And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements
By Sam Kean
Narrated by Sean Runnette /  12 hours 34 minutes

The periodic table is one of man's crowning scientific achievements. But it's also a treasure trove of stories of passion, adventure, betrayal, and obsession. The infectious tales and astounding details in The Disappearing Spoon follow carbon, neon, silicon, and gold as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, war, the... Read More »

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The Namesake

By Jhumpa Lahiri
Narrated by Sarita Choudhury /  10 hours 8 minutes

The Namesake follows the Ganguli family through its journey from Calcutta to Cambridge to the Boston suburbs. Ashima and Ashoke Ganguli arrive in America at the end of the 1960s, shortly after their arranged marriage in Calcutta, in order for Ashoke to finish his engineering degree at MIT. Ashoke is forward-thinking, ready to enter into... Read More »

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Beloved

By Toni Morrison
Narrated by Toni Morrison /  12 hours 2 minutes

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not... Read More »

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

By Rebecca Skloot
Narrated by Cassandra Campbell & Bahni Turpin /  12 hours 30 minutes

Now a major motion picture from HBO® starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne.

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first “immortal” human... Read More »

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

By Mark Twain
Narrated by Don Hagen /  11 hours 11 minutes

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, written by Mark Twain has been popular since it was first published in 1884. Told in the first person by "Huck" Finn, best friend of Tom Sawyer. it is known for its colorful and often scathng look at the people and places along the Mississippi River at a time when racism was an entrenched attitude in the... Read More »

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The Glass Castle

A Memoir
By Jeannette Walls
Narrated by Jeannette Walls /  10 hours 25 minutes

Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children's... Read More »

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All American Boys

By Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely
Narrated by Guy Lockard & Keith Nobbs /  6 hours 35 minutes

In an unforgettable new novel from award-winning authors Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, two teens—one black, one white—grapple with the repercussions of a single violent act that leaves their school, their community, and, ultimately, the country bitterly divided by racial tension.

A bag of chips. That’s all sixteen-year-old Rashad is looking... Read More »

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The Bastard of Istanbul

By Elif Shafak
Narrated by Laural Merlington /  12 hours 39 minutes

From one of Turkey's most acclaimed and outspoken writers comes a novel about the tangled histories of two families. In her second novel written in English, Elif Shafak confronts her country's violent past in a vivid and colorful tale set in both Turkey and the United States. At its center is the "bastard" of the title, Asya, a nineteen-year-old... Read More »

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Beyond Magenta

Transgender Teens Speak Out
By Susan Kuklin
Narrated by Tanya Eby, Nick Podehl, Todd Haberkorn, Roxanne Hernandez, Janina Edwards, Nancy Wu & Marisol Ramirez /  4 hours 35 minutes

“I’ve always loved my body, and now I love it even more because it fits how I feel.” —Jessy

“Learn your pronouns because I don’t want to have to slap somebody tonight.” —Christina

“Transition? Everyone goes through one kind of transition or another. We go through transitions every day. Except mine is maybe a little more extreme.” —Mariah

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Blubber

By Judy Blume
Narrated by Halley Feiffer /  2 hours 53 minutes

Blubber is a good name for her, the note from Wendy says about Linda. Jill crumples it up and leaves it on the corner of her desk. She doesn't want to think about Linda or her dumb report on the whale just now. Jill wants to think about Halloween.

But Robby grabs the note, and before Linda stops talking it has gone halfway around the room.

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Brave New World

By Aldous Huxley
Narrated by Michael York /  7 hours 59 minutes

Originally published in 1932, this outstanding work of literature is more crucial and relevant today than ever before. Cloning, feel-good drugs, antiaging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media-has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical... Read More »

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Bridge to Terabithia

By Katherine Paterson
Narrated by Robert Sean Leonard /  3 hours 30 minutes

Jess Aarons' greatest ambition is to be the fastest runner in his grade. He's been practicing all summer and can't wait to see his classmates' faces when he beats them all. But on the first day of school, a new girl boldly crosses over to the boys' side and outruns everyone.

That's not a very promising beginning for a friendship, but Jess and... Read More »

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