Every week, our editorial staff ponders a question fit for a lazy Friday afternoon or some downtime at work. This week we celebrate Banned Book Week by listing our favorites. What are yours?


To fans of “Catcher in the Rye” or the Harry Potter series, this one’s for you. It’s Banned Books Week, so we looked through some lists of most frequently challenged and banned books (and one short story) and picked out our favorites. Some are classics, like “Grapes of Wrath,” and some are not so much, like “Go Ask Alice,” but all are thought provoking. Our picks are …

Jeff Brown, news editor
1. “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson
2. “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood
3. “In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote

Brian Citino, staff writer
1. “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee
2. “All Quiet on the Western Front” by Erich Maria Remarque
3. “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” by Ken Kesey

Doug Denison, staff writer
1. “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee
2. “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley
3. “Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck

Jayne Gest, staff writer
1. “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee
2. “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison
3. “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L'Engle

Elaine Hughes, staff writer
1. “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” by Ken Kesey
2. “James and the Giant Peach” by Roald Dahl
3. “Catch-22” by Joseph Heller

Sarika Jagtiani, staff writer
1. “Carrie” by Stephen King
2. “Go Ask Alice” by Anonymous
3. “The Bell Jar” by Sylvia Plath?

Maureen Raitz, editor
1. “Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck
2. “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” by Judy Blume
3. “The Color Purple” by Alice Walker

How to submit
Think you have a pop culture quandary that will get people talking? If it sparks debate amongst your friends, send it to us and we’ll consider tackling the topic ourselves. And if you think your choices are better than ours, send us those, too. Our favorite reader-submitted list will be printed next week. Send the topic and your list to Sarika Jagtiani at sarika.jagtiani@doverpost.com or call 346-5450.