Tuscon’s Banned Books

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This is the list of books that has been banned from being taught in Tuscon, Arizona. It’s not complete yet; most of the list comes from here, but I’m also adding in banned titles that I’ve seen mentioned elsewhere. They’re listed in alphabetical order by author’s last name; if there’s more than one author, I went with whoever was listed first.

The goal: read all of them.


  • Live from Death Row by Mumia Abu-Jamal
  • Occupied America: A History of Chicanos by Rudolfo Acuna
  • Ten Little Indians by Sherman Alexie
  • The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie
  • Zorro by Isabel Allende
  • Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
  • The Anaya Reader by Rudolfo Anaya
  • Borderlands/La Frontera by Gloria Anzaldua
  • The American Vision by Joyce Appleby


  • A Place to Stand by Jimmy Santiago Baca
  • C-Train and Thirteen Mexicans by Jimmy Santiago Baca
  • Healing Earthquakes: Poems by Jimmy Santiago Baca
  • Immigrants in Our Own Land and Selected Early Poems by Jimmy Santiago Baca
  • Black Mesa Poems by Jimmy Santiago Baca
  • Martin & Mediations on the South Valley by Jimmy Santiago Baca
  • The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
  • The Manufactured Crisis: Myths, Fraud, and the Attack on America’s Public Schools by David C. Berliner and Bruce J. Biddle
  • Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years by Bill Bigelow and Bob Peterson
  • Drink Cultura: Chicanismo by José Antonio Burciaga


  • Loverboys by Ana Castillo
  • So Far from God by Ana Castillo
  • Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing up Latino in the United States by Lori Carlson
  • Red Hot Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Being Young and Latino in the United States by Lori Marie Carlson
  • The Lost Land: The Chicano Image of the Southwest by John R. Chávez
  • The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  • Woman Hollering Creek by Sandra Cisneros


  • Mexican WhiteBoy by Matt de la Peña
  • Critical Race Theory by Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic
  • The Latino Condition: A Critical Reader by Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic
  • Suffer Smoke by Elena Díaz Björkquist
  • Drown by Junot Díaz
  • The Ghost of Caesar Chavez: Poems by David Dominguez


  • Zapata’s Disciple: Essays by Martín Espada
  • Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel


  • Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paolo Freire


  • When Living Was a Labor Camp by Diana García
  • “La Llorona: Our Lady of Deformities” by Ramón Garcia (Rosebud #24)
  • Cantos Al Sexto Sol: A Collection of Aztalahuac Writing by Cecilio Garcia-Camarillo, Roberto Rodriguez and Patrisia Gonzales
  • The Magic of Blood by Dagoberto Gilb
  • Woodcuts of Women by Dagoberto Gilb
  • Message to Aztlan: Selected Writings by Rudolfo “Corky” Gonzales
  • Yo Soy Joaquin/I Am Joaquin by Rodolfo Gonzales
  • Saving Our Schools: The Case for Public Education, Saying No to “No Child Left Behind” by Ken Goodman, Patrick Shannon, and Yetta Goodman
  • At the Afro-Asian Conference in Algeria” by Ernesto “Che” Guevara


  • Feminism is for Everybody by bell hooks


  • 1984 Democratic National Convention Speech by Jesse Jackson
  • The Mexican American Heritage with Writing Exercises by Carlos M. Jiménez
  • The Circuit : Stories From the Life of a Migrant Child by Francisco Jiménez


  • Savage Inequalities: Children in America’s Schools by Jonathan Kozol


  • Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James W. Loewen


  • Con Mucho Corazon by Patricia Preciado Martin
  • De Colores Means All of Us: Latina Views for a Multi-Colored Century by Elizabeth Sutherland Martínez
  • 500 Anos Del Pueblo Chicano / 500 Years of Chicano History: In Pictures by Elizabeth Martinez
  • 500 Years of Chicana Women’s History/500 anos de la mujer Chicana by Elizabeth Sutherland Martínez
  • Color Lines: “Does Anti-War Have to Be Anti-Racist Too?” by Elizabeth Martinez
  • Culture Clash: Life, Death and Revolutionary Comedy by Richard Montoya
  • The Faith Healer of Olive Avenue by Manuel Muñoz
  • Zigzagger: Stories by Manuel Muñoz



  • Let Their Spirits Dance by Stella Pope Duarte


  • United States Government: Democracy in Action by Richard C. Remy
  • Y No Se Lo Trago La Tierra… and the Earth Did Not Devour Him by Tomás Rivera
  • Infinite Divisions: An Anthology of Chicana Literature by Tey Diana Rebolledo and Eliana S. Rivero
  • Always Running – La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. by Luis Rodriguez
  • The Hunger of Memory by Richard Rodriguez
  • Codex Tamuanchan: On Becoming Human by Roberto Rodriguez
  • Justice: A Question of Race by Roberto Rodriguez
  • The X in La Raza II by Roberto Rodriguez
  • Chicano!: The History of the Mexican Civil Rights Movement by Arturo Rosales
  • Dictionary of Latino Civil Rights History by Francisco A. Rosales
  • Two Badges: The Lives of Mona Ruiz by Mona Ruiz and Geoff Boucher


  • Puro Teatro: A Latina Anthology by Alberto Sandoval-Sanchez and Nancy Saporta Sternbach
  • The Tempest by William Shakespeare
  • Los Tucsonenses: The Mexican Community in Tucson, 1854-1941 by Thomas E. Sheridan
  • Crisis in American Institutions by Jerome H. Skolnick and Elliot Currie


  • Curandera by Carmen Tafolla
  • A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America by Ronald Takaki
  • Mexican American Literature by Charles M. Tatum
  • New Chicana/Chicano Writing by Charles M. Tatum
  • Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau
  • Soldados: Chicanos in Viet Nam by Charley Trujillo


  • By the Lake of Sleeping Children by Luis Alberto Urrea
  • The Devil’s Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea
  • Nobody’s Son: Notes from an American Life by Luis Alberto Urrea
  • Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea


  • Zoot Suit and Other Plays by Luis Valdez


  • Twelve Impossible Things Before Breakfast: Stories by Jane Yolen



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