What do the books To Kill a Mockingbird, The Catcher in the Rye, and Beloved all have in common other than being incredible works of fiction? They have been placed on banned books lists for one reason or another. Every year in September the American Library Association (ALA) posts the top ten challenged books. ALA has this year also posted the Top 100 Most Banned and Challenged Books: 2010-2019.
In addition to fiction, many nonfiction books have made the lists as well, including a couple workforce-related titles. Studs Terkel’s Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do, written in 1974, was challenged due to profane language.
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America, by Barbara Ehrenreich, is the author’s documented account about her experience of living off minimum wage jobs. The book was challenged for economic falsehoods, socialist ideas, advocating illegal drug use, negative attitude of Christians, and profanity.