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We think that banned books make the best books! That's why we designed this red-hot Banned Books tote. If you look closer you can see the flame in the background is even made up of banned titles! Tote dimensions are 13” W x 14” H, 12” handle, and 5” x 6” inner pocket with velcro closure.
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What do 'Fahrenheit 451,' 'Harry Potter & the Sorceror's Stone,' and 'Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?' all have in common? They've been BANNED at some point in time by one organization or another. But we think that banned books make the best books! That's why we designed this red-hot Banned Books magnet! The flame in the background is even made up of titles of several terrifying tomes!
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Pulitzer Prize-winner Junot Díaz’s first book, Drown, established him as a major new writer with “the dispassionate eye of a journalist and the tongue of a poet” (Newsweek). His first novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, was named #1 Fiction Book of the Year” by Time magazine and spent more than 100 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, establishing itself – with more than a million copies in print – as a modern classic. In addition to the Pulitzer, Díaz has won a host of major awards and prizes, including the National Book Critic’s Circle Award, the PEN/Malamud Award, the PEN/O. Henry Prize, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and the Anisfield-Wolf Award. Now Díaz turns his remarkable talent to the haunting, impossible power of love – obsessive love, illicit love, fading love, maternal love. On a beach in the Dominican Republic, a doomed relationship flounders. In the heat of a hospital laundry room in New Jersey, a woman does her lover’s washing and thinks about his wife. In Boston, a man buys his love child, his only son, a first baseball bat and glove. At the heart of these stories is the irrepressible, irresistible Yunior, a young hardhead whose longing for love is equaled only by his recklessness--and by the extraordinary women he loves and loses: artistic Alma; the aging Miss Lora; Magdalena, who thinks all Dominican men are cheaters; and the love of his life, whose heartbreak ultimately becomes his own. In prose that is endlessly energetic, inventive, tender, and funny, the stories in the New York Times-Bestselling This Is How You Lose Her lay bare the infinite longing and inevitable weakness of the human heart. They remind us that passion always triumphs over experience, and that “the half-life of love is forever.”
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With his unique fusion of erudition and wit, Hitchens addresses the most urgent issue of our time: the malignant force of religion in the world. In this eloquent argument with the faithful, he makes the ultimate case against dogma (and for a more secular approach to life) through a close and learned reading of the major theological texts. Hitchens tells the personal story of his own dangerous encounters with religion and describes his intellectual journey toward a secular view of life based on science and reason. Christopher Hitchens passed away on December 15, 2011. References, Index. A National Book Award Finalist. 320p.
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Thirteen Reasons Why

By Jay Asher

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When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah’s voice recounting the events leading up to her death. 288p. (Ages: Young Adult).
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Lucy

By Jamaica Kincaid

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Lucy, a teenage girl from the West Indies, comes to North America to work as an au pair for Lewis and Mariah and their four children. Almost at once, Lucy begins to notice cracks in the couple's 'beautiful facade.' With mingled anger and compassion, she scrutinzes the assumptions and verities of her employers' world and compares them with the vivid realities of her native place. She has no illusions about her past, and neither is she prepared to be deceived about where she presently is. 164p.
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The best-selling, internationally acclaimed memoir-in-comic-strips, now, in one volume. Persepolis is the story of author/animationist Marjane Satrapi's unforgettable childhood & coming of age within a large & loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution; of the contradictions between private & public life in a country plagued by political upheaval; of her high school years in Vienna facing the trials of adolescence far from her family; of her homecoming - both sweet & terrible; and, finally, of her self-imposed exile from her beloved homeland. Now a major motion picture. Winner of the 2007 Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize. Black-and-white illustrations. 342p.
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(City Lights Pocket Poets series). Allen Ginsberg's poem, 'Howl,' landed on the shores of America's shipwrecked consciousness as a manifesto and testimony. The book, HOWL AND OTHER POEMS, was subsequently seized by U.S. customs and the San Francisco police. It was the subject of a long court trial at which a series of poets and professors persuaded the court that the book was not obscene. Ginsberg knew what was obscene, and he wrote it down in a delirious, impassioned fit of poetic reverie. It is both THE legendary and notorious poem of 20th-century American literature. Bibliography. 60p.
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A young girl's journal records her family's struggles during two years of hiding from the Nazis in war-torn Holland.
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The Giving Tree

By Shel Silverstein

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A young boy grows to manhood and old age experiencing the love and generosity of a tree which gives to him without thought of return, in an anniversary edition of the classic book packaged with a CD read by the late author.
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Paper Towns

By John Green

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Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life - dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign ofrevenge - he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues - and they're for him. 305p. (Ages: YA).
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