This post was originally a series of features for Banned Books Week, which has been combined for easier readability.
Initially banned because its explicit content and offensive language, Isabel Allende birthed this book out of a dark time in her life. The book was first written when she received news that her 100-year-old grandfather was dying. She began to write him a letter that ultimately became the manuscript of The House of the Spirits. This book signifies the power of women, the ongoing struggle between classes, and the importance of family.
Bless Me, Ultima is about the cognitive development of a Mexican-American boy living in New Mexico during the ‘40s. The book shares themes of identity, masculinity, religion, fear and even free will. Banned for it’s uncommon perception of religion and the unknown, Bless Me, Ultima is acknowledged as one of the most influential books within the Chicano-Latino community.
“To me, freedom entitles you to do something, not to not do something.”-Shel Silverstein.
Today, we honor the life of children’s author, Shel Silverstein. Through his books, art, and even music he helped to change the world with a message of generosity.