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Most Popular Young Adult Fiction Books

The “YA novel” has become an increasingly respected literary genre, entertaining teens and adults alike. The Onion walks you through some of the bestselling and most beloved young adult titles:

Oh Great, Another Woman Who Only Loves Me For My Complete Collection Of ‘Rurouni Kenshin’ Manga

Well isn’t that great—just great. Here I am, thinking I’ve finally met someone who’s perfect for me—she’s caring, smart, beautiful, and most of all, it seemed like she really got me. But I should have known better. Turns out she’s just like the rest of them, just another in a long line of women who only love me for my complete collection of the classic wandering samurai manga Rurouni Kenshin.

‘Winnie-The-Pooh’ Turns 90

Winnie-The-Pooh, the A.A. Milne series featuring a stuffed bear and his toy animal friends, debuted 90 years ago this week. Here are some milestones from the franchise’s nearly century-long run:

Lost Jack London Manuscript, ‘The Doggy,’ Found

RYE, NY—Workers inventorying the estate of a recently deceased Westchester County art dealer earlier this month reportedly stumbled upon a draft of a previously unknown Jack London novel titled The Doggy, and the work is already being hailed by many within the literary world as a masterpiece.

The Life And Works Of Dr. Seuss

A 50-year-old manuscript by the late Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, is being released this week, captivating nostalgic readers who grew up on seven decades of children’s books from the prolific author. Here are some highlights from Dr. Seuss’ life and work

Highlights From ‘Go Set A Watchman’

Harper Lee’s buzzed-about new release, Go Set A Watchman, went on sale last week, taking the world by storm with its new investigations of Scout Finch as a grown woman and its divisive portrayal of her father, Atticus Finch, as a racist figure. Here are some highlights from the new book:

Reclusive Deity Hasn’t Written A New Book In 2,000 Years

NEW YORK—Leading writers, scholars, and publishers gathered this week at Fordham University for a literary conference and panel discussion on God, the widely praised but reclusive deity who has not published a book since His landmark debut 2,000 yea...

Inside Harry Potter World’s New Diagon Alley

Harry Potter fans lined up at Universal Studios Orlando today for the opening of Diagon Alley, the highly anticipated expansion to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park, which features new rides, restaurants, and shops based on the fictional street.
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Most Commonly Banned Books

Whether they are deemed to contain problematic themes or even incite violence with their content, many iconic books have been historically banned around the world. The Onion highlights some of the most commonly restricted titles:

  • In Cold Blood

    Truman Capote’s vivid portrayal of an actual murder was banned in the 1960s for its graphic depictions of violence, sex, and Kansas

  • The Grapes Of Wrath

    Few historians deny that the greatest threat faced by America in 1939 was indecency in a John Steinbeck novel

  • The Satanic Verses

    This controversial book led to a fatwa being placed on author Salman Rushdie by the ayatollah for not releasing it under Iran’s official publishing arm

  • Catch-22

    It is the policy of most school boards to make copies of this book available only to those students who can persuasively argue why they should not be allowed to read it

  • The Great Gatsby

    Have you read this thing? There’s sex everywhere. Not right on the page, exactly. But it’s there, lurking.

  • The Harry Potter Series

    Religious organizations across the country have banned these young adult fantasy books, thereby ensuring that no child will ever read them

  • Tropic Of Cancer

    Rebecca got caught running her mouth about its vivid sexuality in front of Mom and ruined it for everyone

  • 120 Days Of Sodom

    Mild profanity

  • The Dirt

    Mötley Crüe’s 2001 collaborative autobiography has been barred from countless schools for encouraging students to pursue the arts and chase their dreams

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