10. “Beloved,” by Toni Morrison
Reasons: Sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence
Toni Morrison’s “Beloved” is the enthralling story of Sethe, a woman born into slavery who escaped to Ohio. 18 years after her escape, however, she is still not truly free. She is haunted by her love for her home and by the ghost of her baby. An instant classic, this book is taught in high schools and colleges as an exemplary novel about slavery and racism.
9. “The Glass Castle,” by Jeanette Walls
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
“The Glass Castle” is Jeanette Walls’ memoir of growing up and surviving in the face of extreme poverty. Her parents were nomads and nonconformists, making them both excellent at raising their children but not so much at providing for them. Walls paints a picture of poverty in her book that you won’t soon forget.
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