Forbidden Bookshelf

For more than half a century, America’s vast literary culture has been disparately policed, and imperceptibly contained, by state and corporate entities well placed and perfectly equipped to wipe out wayward writings. As America does not ban books, other means—less obvious, and so less controversial—have been deployed to vaporize them. The purpose of Forbidden Bookshelf is to bring such disappeared books back to life so that readers may finally learn what those in power did not want anyone to know.

By looking deep into the darker trends and episodes in US history, these brave works help show how America became the land it is today, and how we might start to change it.


  • “A fact-filled journal of the experiences of ordinary, law-abiding women who were determined to get an abortion rather than go through with unwanted pregnancy.” —The Detroit News

  • “A highly specialized and necessarily speculative study of that ‘widespread and uncoordinated activity.’ . . . The handling is nonjudgmental.” —Kirkus Reviews

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