1. Holden Caulfield, The Catcher in the Rye
Banned for: Strong language, sexual references, and for encouraging rebellion.
2. Alaska Young, Looking for Alaska
Banned for: Strong language, drug use, and sexually explicit situations.
3. Hester Prynne, The Scarlet Letter
Banned for: The book has been called “pornographic and obscene,” yet there is no sex in the book. Really it’s banned because of the plot: Hester’s adulterous affair with Arthur Dimmesdale and the resulting pregnancy.
4. Janie Crawford, Their Eyes Were Watching God
Banned for: Sexual content and explicit language.
- Migrant deaths in the Mediterranean have exceeded 2,000, making 2015 the deadliest year for people trying to reach Europe, according to the International Organization for Migration.
- At least 24 homes have been lost and one firefighter killed as dozens of wildfires continue to ravage drought-stricken California.
- Three major U.S. airlines — Delta, American, and United — have banned the transport of big game trophies after the illegal killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe.