Bonus post for the last day! This one isn’t on the ALA list that I saw, but it has been banned, and it’s a favorite of mine.

Recommendation 5:

Stranger in a Strange Land; Robert Heinlein

The main character is a human raised on Mars, by Martians. He goes back to Earth, but experiences all sorts of ‘translation’ issues, because despite his biology, he’s a Martian, but everyone persists on treating him as if he were like everyone else. Heinlein explores what makes you human, religion and religious intolerance, and how to achieve happiness in life.

Once again you have to have a sense of humor about how religion is approached, and there’s some frank sexuality that might bother some people. But all in all, it’s fairly innocent–and definitely insightful.

Go Ask Alice, To Kill a Mockingbird, Annie on my Mind

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Color Purple, (Howl and Other Poems not pictured for some reason, dang it)

“The worst that can possibly have happened to him is death and that we are all in for—if not this morning, then in days, or weeks, or years at most.” – Robert Heinlein

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About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

2 responses »

  1. letizia says:

    I’m not familiar with this one so will have to check it out!

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