In honor of the American Library Association's annual Banned Books Week, today-Saturday, here are three from the top 10 list of books most often challenged in 2011. (See the rest at ala.org.) Celebrate your freedom by reading one.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (Little, Brown for Young Readers) by Sherman Alexie is the hilarious and moving story of teenage dork and Spokane Indian Arnold Spirit.
Brave New World (Harper Perennial) by Aldous Huxley is a mordantly powerful classic of speculative fiction; the idea of it being challenged is almost too ironic to reckon with.
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Perennial) by Harper Lee is one of the most influential American novels of the 20th century, and rightly so: a wise and fearless look at race and justice populated with irresistible characters.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor