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Celebrate Banned Books Week - September 25-October 1, 2016

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Celebrate Banned Books Week 2016 by exercising your freedom to read. For more than 30 years the American Library Association's Office Intellectual Freedom has been celebrating and protecting our freedom to read with Banned Books Week. With the library's strong support of intellectual freedom we provide collections that cover a diversity of perspectives and viewpoints. You can find most of the frequently challenged/banned books in our collection.

Habitual Offenders by Craig A. Monson

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In Habitual Offenders, historian Craig A. Monson tells the true story of the murder of two former prostitutes turned nuns who fled from their convent in 17th century Italy. This is a compelling historical whodunit. Although it is non-fiction, it reads like a novel, with dialogue taken from the actual transcript of the trial of the prime suspects: the nuns' supposed lovers and the right-hand man of a powerful cardinal. Eventually, the web of intrigue stretches as far as Cardinal Mazarin...

SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard

Cover of SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard

SPQR is a history of ancient Rome, from 753 BCE, the supposed date of its founding, to 212 CE, when the emperor Caracalla granted Roman citizenship to all free inhabitants of the empire. Historian Mary Beard combines the political history of Rome, with famous names such as Julius Caesar and Augustus, with the lives of ordinary people, including women and slaves. She writes in a compelling style that makes the history of ancient Rome come alive.

A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny

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A Great Reckoning is the latest entry in Louise Penny's popular series, set in the tiny Québec village of Three Pines, featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, who comes out of retirement to lead the Sûreté Academy. When the brutal former head of the Academy is found murdered in his rooms, Gamache becomes a suspect. Meanwhile, Gamache's wife Reine-Marie and her friends find an old map of Three Pines buried in a wall, and Gamache enlists the help of four young cadets to help solve...