What do The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, Beloved by Toni Morrison, The Sun also Rises by Ernest Hemingway, and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien all have in common? These titles, among others, have been banned from libraries and schools in the US at one time or another. Freedom of speech, and reading, is something most of us take for granted. It is guaranteed by the First Amendment.