2023 Book Picks
Book Interrupted is a book club for busy people to connect and one that celebrates life’s interruptions.
Our Season 3 Theme is Banned Books
The Handmaid's Tale
by Margaret Atwood
This book has been banned many times–by states, school boards, libraries and sometimes by whole countries
Banned for being sexually explicit, violently graphic, and morally corrupt.
This is the story of Offred, one of the“Handmaids” under the new social order who have only one purpose: to breed. In Gilead, where women are prohibited from holding jobs, reading, and forming friendships, Offred’s will to survive is an act of rebellion.
December 1st, 2022 – February 1st, 2023
The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins
This book has 348 cases involving banning its trilogy in 2010 alone.
Banned for anti-family, insensitivity, offensive language, occult/satanic, violence, religious viewpoint, and sexuality.
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies Panem, a Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is cruel and keeps districts in line by forcing them to send one boy and girl between 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.
April 1st - June 1st, 2023
by Lois Lowry
This book is on the American Library Association's most frequently challenged and banned books list from 1990 to 2009.
Banned for violence, sexual references, infanticide, euthanasia and suicide.
Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear of pain. There are no choices. When Jonas turns 12 he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth.
August 1st - October 1st, 2023
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie
This book was the most-challenged in the U.S. between 2010 to 2019.
Banned for profanity, sexual references, and allegations of sexual misconduct.
The story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.
October 1st - December 1st, 2023
2023 Fans Pick
Our Fan Ashley's Book Pick was When Dad Killed Mom by Julius Lester.
This book was initially banned in 2002 by Wyoming's Teton County in a controversial vote by the School Board.
Banned for sexual content and genital references.
Jenna and Jeremy knew their parents' marriage was in trouble. But no one could have predicted what would come next. Now with Mom dead and Dad in jail, Jenna and Jeremy must re-create a family of their own.