Sherman Alexie has the distinct honor of topping the list of most-banned books. Photo by Chase Jarvis.
What do a picture book about gay penguins, a graphic memoir centered on Iran, and a comic about cosmic war have in common? They’re all among the books that were most likely to be challenged at schools and libraries across the country this past year.
My time is up. Throughout my twenties and thirties when people asked me if I wanted to have children, I would say “no,” firmly. But I knew I had a “maybe someday” tucked in my back pocket since I still had time to change my mind.
Imagine you were a teenage girl in a world of heroes who have petty superpowers, where fairies were real and somewhat abusive, where the rich kids built themselves pyramids and partied on the moon. In such a reality, how would you handle the challenges of adolescence? The young female characters in Kelly Link’s imaginative new short story collection Get in Trouble face just such a conundrum.
Many years ago, back when the OK Hotel was a dirty punk rock hole-in-the-wall club under the viaduct in downtown Seattle, I stood among a crowd mesmerized by Michelle Tea reading from her memoir, The Passionate Mistakes and Intricate Corruption of One Girl in America.