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That Librarian: The Fight Against Book Banning in America

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That Librarian: The Fight Against Book Banning in America

Part memoir, part manifesto, the inspiring story of a Louisiana librarian advocating for inclusivity on the front lines of our vicious culture wars.

One of the things small town librarian Amanda Jones values most about books is how they can affirm a young person's sense of self. So in 2022, when she caught wind of a local public hearing that would discuss “book content,” she knew what was at stake. Schools and libraries nationwide have been bombarded by demands for books with LGBTQ+ references, discussions of racism and more to be purged from the shelves. Amanda would be damned if her community were to ban stories representing minority groups. She spoke out that night at the meeting. Days later, she woke up to a nightmare that is still ongoing.

Amanda Jones has been called a groomer, a pedo and a porn-pusher; she has faced death threats and attacks from strangers and friends alike. Her decision to support a collection of books with diverse perspectives made her a target for extremists using book banning campaigns --- funded by dark money organizations and advanced by hard right politicians --- in a crusade to make America more white, straight and "Christian." But Amanda Jones wouldn't give up without a fight: she sued her harassers for defamation and urged others to join her in the resistance.

Mapping the book banning crisis occurring all across the nation, THAT LIBRARIAN draws the battle lines in the war against equity and inclusion, calling book lovers everywhere to rise in defense of our readers.

That Librarian: The Fight Against Book Banning in America
by Amanda Jones

  • Publication Date: August 27, 2024
  • Genres: Memoir, Nonfiction, Social Issues
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • ISBN-10: 1639733531
  • ISBN-13: 9781639733538