Books Sarah Palin Banned in Alaska

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(UPDATE SEPT 22) It has been pointed out on the comments section of this blog that this list is the list of books banned at one point or another in the U.S. (very distrubing in it’s own right).  Sarah Palin did not ask that all these books be banned – but, if you listen to interviews with the librarian from Wisilla you would get the impression that she was no PRO library either….

Below is a list of the books Sarah Palin tried to have banned from the Wasilla, Alaska Library. When I was in Anchorage two years ago, residents of Wasilla I met described the place as a growing, more-and-more suburban community north of Anchorage. In her speech, Palin called the area “the valley.” Mayor Palin would seem to be a strong force in the suburbanization of the village of Wasilla. When the Wasilla librarian refused to trash these books, Mayor Palin tried to have her fired. This caused a stir in Wasilla which then turned into a drive to protect the librarian. Some of my favorite examples of American literature are on this list. This is the act of a patriotic American? No, this is the act of a religious fundamentalist trying to squeeze herself into the role of a mythic frontier American. The attempt to ban American literary masterpieces like Catcher In The Rye, Grapes Of Wrath, To Kill A Mockingbird, Death Of A Salesman, Leaves Of Grass, As I Lay Dying, Huckleberry Finn, Catch 22 and Tarzan indicates, flags and Bible citations aside, her ascendance to national power would be downright un-American. In the realm of Rovian political marketing and the unfolding effort to win the Presidency not with ideas but with a cult of personality, McCain is the humiliated warrior ready to “go to the gates of hell” to preserve American exceptionalism and Sarah Palin is his fascist “bride,” a mythic frontier mom able to shoot, gut and cook a moose while nurturing her family who has said publicly our war in Iraq is supported by God and people should pray to God to get the Alaska gas pipeline approved.

This is a pivotal moment in American history, and we all need to expose this cult of personality for what it is, a cynical sham. Please pass this on far and wide.

John Grant

This list is taken from the official minutes of the Wasilla Library Board.

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Blubber by Judy Blume
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
Carrie by Stephen King
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Christine by Stephen King
Confessions by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Cujo by Stephen King
Curses, Hexes, and Spells by Daniel Cohen
Daddy’s Roommate by Michael Willhoite
Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Peck
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
Decameron by Boccaccio
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Fallen Angels by Walter Myers
Fanny Hill (Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure) by John Cleland
Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Forever by Judy Blume
Grendel by John Champlin Gardner
Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
Have to Go by Robert Munsch
Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Impressions edited by Jack Booth
In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
It’s Okay if You Don’t Love Me by Norma Klein
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
Little Red Riding Hood by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Love is One of the Choices by Norma Kl ein
Lysistrata by Aristophanes
More Scary Stories in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
My Brother Sam Is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
My House by Nikki Giovanni
My Friend Flicka by Mary O’Hara
Night Chills by Dean Koontz
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer
One Day in The Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Ordinary People by Judith Guest
Our Bodies, Ourselves by Boston Women’s Health Collective
Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl
Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones by Alvin Schwartz
Scary Stories in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
Separate Peace by John Knowles
Silas Marner by George Eliot
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
The Bastard by John Jakes
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
The Devil’s Alternative by Frederick Forsyth
The Figure in the Shadows by John Bellairs
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Snyder
The Learning Tree by Gordon Parks
The Living Bible by William C. Bower
The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
The New Teenage Body Book by Kathy McCoy and Charles Wibbelsman
The Pigman by Paul Zindel
The Seduction of Peter S. by Lawrence Sanders
The Shining by Stephen King
The Witches by Roald Dahl
The Witches of Worm by Zilpha Snyder
Then Again, Maybe I Won’t by Judy Blume
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary by the Merriam-Webster Editorial Staff
Witches, Pumpkin s, and Grinning Ghosts: The Story of the Halloween
Symbols by Edna Barth

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  • John Alexander

    Sarah Palin and some of the issues surrounding her have hit Canada’s cross country radio airwaves.

    Like many people, I have my radar up for anti-Palin coverage which is directed toward the woman personally, not her views and abilities. The classic argumentum ad hominem. However, as pointed out on a clip from this radio program, Palin’s views on good and evil merit very close scrutiny, considering the possibility that her power as a leader may just escalate, with worldwide consequences, far above that of a state governor.

  • barbpa

    It makes me worried that she honestly doesn t believe in EVOLUTION!!!

  • Steven

    Wow, weeks after this list was proven to be fake, you continue to use it. Of course a reasonable person would have researched this first, and found that the list includes books that had not even been published yet when Palin was mayor. Then again, why let the truth get in the way? If you want to know the truth, you can go to the Wasilla town website and look under “banned books”. You’ll see not only that Palin never banned any books, but that she also never even tried to ban any books. If you look further, you’ll see that this list of banned books comes from a cite which indicates books that have even been banned in the US.

  • Steven

    What do you mean she doesn’t believe in evolution. She is the daughter of a science teacher. When she was asked if evolution should be in the curriculum she said yes. When she was asked if creationism should be in the curriculum, she said no. However, she did say that the children should be able to freely debate the issues of evolution and creationism. What part of that response gives you pause?

  • Steven

    Here is a site about many of the lies, including the one you have cited above regarding book banning. Pity nobody does any real checks of their sources before posting lies on the internet.

  • barbpa

    Hey dude – there is a WEALTH of information out there each with a source of some kind. I pulled this off the net – just like you did when finding information to refute it.

    Well, then lies in an election season are circulating the internet: CALL IN THE NATIONAL GUARD!!!!!!! How about this for a whopper: Sarah Palin said no thank to the bridge to no where”…of course she did…and then took the money and never built the bridge. Oh yeah – according to Yahoo news: “A $600 million bridge and highway project to link Alaska’s largest city to Palin’s town of 7,000 residents is moving full speed ahead, despite concerns the bridge could worsen some commuting and threaten a population of beluga whales.

    Local officials already have spent $42 million on plans to route traffic across the Knik Arm inlet, a narrow finger of water extending roughly 25 miles northeast of Anchorage toward Wasilla. The proposal exists thanks to an earmark request by Republican Rep. Don Young, whose son-in-law has a small stake in property near the bridge’s proposed western span.”

    I’ll post the whole story so you can read it my friend. Thanks for commenting!!!!

  • Filip

    I’ve been reading and enjoying this blog for quite some time now, but this gives me pause. You publish something without proper fact checking; not great but so far I can live. However, you’re being refuted, and instead of researching and withdrawing your statements you keep them up!? What? This is not something subjective, but this is a lie. She never banned books, period. There are plenty of other really bad, and true, stories about Palin out there that you should focus on.

  • Steven

    So let me understand this right. You can post obviouis lies n the internet, without correcting them, because the Republicans do the same thing? Then when you are confronted with the fact that you are obvioiusly wrong (just check the Wasilla website if you don’t believe me), your response is not to correct yourself, but to try another tact. Pity, if you had done even a little bit of research instead of copying and pasting from sites which have since been proven to be lies, then you might have never posted this in the first place. Its not hard…but maybe you can tell us which website you cut and paste this from?

  • Steven

    Exactly right Filip. If you want to critize her for not having enough experience, then more power to you. However, if you want to spread obvious lies and then not correct yourself when you are shown to be lying, I think you are on very thin ground. And just because it is an election year, does not justify lying.

  • P.C. Sweeney

    C’mon, Palin’s a beast but at least don’t post outright lies. Harry Potter wasn’t even published when these meetings were supposedly taking place. Therefore its a fake. Do some research my friend.

  • barbpa

    I think I DID admit that what I posted was incorrect. I ALSO said that lies are rampant on the internet and it was an honest mistake. I posted my most recent article from Yahoo news about Palin which is true. Flip – I’m sorry your dissappointed, but I do what I can to give a lot of information on this blog from a variety of sources. Some don’t pan out as well as others. Palin is bad for this country in many wys. So is McCain, Cheney, and of course BUSH. They’re all in it together to win the white house for another 4…possibly 8. Can you REALLY get behind these people? REALLY? They’re going to spend 3 trillion dollars to bil out banks and NOTHING for people that lost their homes….blog on that!

  • karen

    Apparently it’s ok to lie for your cause. has refuted this list of nonsense as have other reliable sources. This web site is not about peace, it is about an agenda.

  • barbpa

    hey now – I never said it was ok to lie for a cause and I have never done anything of the sort. I put up a post I found….when it was proved incorrect I admitted it was wrong. Why don’t you ask Palin about the Bush doctrine and see how many lies she can spit.

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