|If it was banned, it must be a seriously good read.|
What Banned Books Week does offer is a chance to purchase some banned books, and give them as gifts to the literary minded giftees in your life. A few recommendations include (with pithy commentary on perhaps why the banning; who knows what the censors were thinking):
The Great Gatsby: No book should ever be banned, but seriously, why this book? I just want an explanation.
To Kill A Mockingbird: Maybe the Anti Pork League got mad that Scout was dressed as a ham?
Lolita: For some obvious reasons, I guess. Don't give this book to a precocious 12 year old. On the other hand, one of the greatest, wittiest books I've ever read.
The Lord of the Rings: Could it be the presence of magick???
Lady Chatterly's Lover: With teen girls proudly toting 50 Shades of Grey around with no self consciousness, I think it's time to revisit some really well written smut.
In Cold Blood: Violent, yes. But perhaps the best piece of long form journalism ever.
Tropic of Cancer: See Lady Chatterly's Lover above.
Beloved: The combination of ghosts and condemnation of slavery makes this one a censorship slam dunk.
This is by no means a complete list. For that, go to the ALA site. Then, hit your local bookstore and buy 'em out.