Thursday, December 30, 2010
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee - Plus Scout, Atticus and Boo: A Celebration of Fifty Years of "To Kill A Mockingbird" by Mary McDonagh Murphy
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
2010 has marked the 50th anniversary of the publication of Harper Lee's novel, "To Kill A Mockingbird," and I thought a great way to end the year would be to re-read this classic Southern novel once again.
Being from the South, I have always been familiar with the novel but the first time I experienced this great work of literature in entirety was on a trip to Alabama with my family in 1999.
We had the book on cassette tape and after a whirlwird tour of Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia over a two-week period of time, I decided to put the tapes on to pass the time away as we made the long 12-hour trip back to Texas.
In a collection of fascinating interviews, Anna Quindlen, Tom Brokaw, Oprah Winfrey, James Patterson, Wally Lamb, Adriana Trigiani, Rick Bragg, Lee Smith, Rosanne Cash, and others reflect on when they first read the novel, what it means to them - then and now.
It is heartwarming to see just how many people have been influenced by the sole work of Harper Lee. I particularly was fascinated by the interview with Alice Lee, Harper's older sister who gives probably the most in-depth look at her sister's life. When asked about her sister's reluctance to do interviews, Alice simply says "She just felt like she'd given enough."
"Scout, Atticus and Boo" is a great companion book to go hand in hand with "To Kill A Mockingbird."