It’s become rather clear that as mayor of Wassilla, Alaska, Sarah Palin only asked about how to remove books from the library, and did not ask for any to be removed. So a search to see the list of books she objected to is fruitless — there has never been such a list.
But today I stumbled across this list, below, and I’ll wager it contains no more than one or two books Palin has actually read. You’ll understand why I say that at the end of the list. The list is fascinating to me, more for its brevity than for anything it contains. Who would have thought?
The list (alphabetical by author):
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou.
The Denial of Death, Ernest Becker.
Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-63, Taylor Branch.
Living History, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Lincoln, David Herbert Donald.
Four Quartets, T.S. Eliot.
Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison.
The Way of the World: From the Dawn of Civilizations to the Eve of the Twenty-First Century, David Fromkin.
One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez.
The Cure at Troy: A Version of Sophocles’ Philoctetes, Seamus Heaney.
King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed,Terror,and Heroism in Colonial Africa,Adam Hochschild.
The Imitation of Christ, Thomas à Kempis.
Meditations, Marcus Aurelius.
Moral Man and Immoral Society: A Study in Ethics and Politics, Reinhold Niebuhr.
Homage to Catalonia, George Orwell.
The Evolution of Civilizations: An Introduction to Historical Analysis, Carroll Quigley.
The Confessions of Nat Turner, William Styron.
Politics as a Vocation, Max Weber.
You Can’t Go Home Again, Thomas Wolfe.
Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny, Robert Wright.
The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats, William Butler Yeats.
Where did I find that list? It’s “The entire list of Clinton’s favorite books, listed alphabetically by author,” and you can find it here, at the Clinton Library site. Bill Clinton’s favorite books.
You’ll find most of them at your local public library, unless your mayor has asked friends to check them out and deface them, or make them disappear.