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Scout, Atticus, and Boo: A Celebration of To Kill a Mockingbird Paperback – July 5, 2011
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“And that’s really what reading this book is like: attending a big book club meeting with 26 lovers of To Kill a Mockingbird.” (Los Angeles Times)
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This book has two parts. The first part is a reflection of Murphy herself. Truly a devotee of the novel, Murphy talks about both the documentary and her thoughts about the movie and the book. Murphy writes her section with love and admiration, starting with Nelle herself. Nelle calls herself Boo Radley, and Murphy goes to great pains in the following paragraphs to assure us that Nelle is a warm gregarious person. Most of the information in Murphy's section isn't new, but it's still welcome nonetheless.
The following section is a collection of small essays written by a wide variety of people that all discuss the impact and legacy of Mockingbird. Oprah Winfrey, Tom Brokaw, and even the movie Scout Mary Badham all add their voices to this part (Badham confessing that she hadn't read the book until she had a daughter herself!). These essays are short and poignant, and talk very personally about how the book touched them, as well as reflected the larger struggle for civil rights in our country.
Nelle didn't write her second book, and America has been hungry ever since. This small book is highly recommended to celebrate 50 years of this classic novel.Read more ›
and adulation as To Kill A Mockingbird. In her thoughtful
appreciation of the artistry and significance of this beloved
novel, Mary Murphy puts it all together: capturing the
wonder so many of us felt when we first read it through
the reflections of some of our country's most gifted writers,
thinkers and celebrities.
"Scout, Atticus and Boo" reminds us why: why a good book
is such a gift; why this book is so important in our nation's
history; why the world's a better place when a young Southern
unknown employed behind an airline ticket counter can come
up with a literary work of staggering relevance and beauty;
and finally, why we should all stop our crazy lives right this
minute, pull To Kill A Mockingbird off the shelves, and dive in.
The reflections are are set forth in chapters, some from Nelle Harper Lee's family (Alice Finch Lee); many from other authors (Wally Lamb, Anna Quindlen); some from those associated with the film (Mary Badham, who played Scout); and some from a variety of fields from Oprah to the curator of the Monroe County Heritage Museum in Monroeville, Alabama.
Each of the essays brings out something in "To Kill a Mockingbird" that touched that particular reader. There are some who loved Scout passionately for her pluck (even those who thought Scout was a boy for several pages on first reading, an error common to many of us) and others who find the moral center of Atticus to be the resounding inspiration. I loved the lines from Allan Gurganus, who notes what a difference Eisenhower or Jack Kennedy might have made, if either had walked alone up the school house steps, holding the hand of a little black girl, as Atticus walks alone in the novel. Murphy allows the interviewees the latitude to share in their own voices the extraordinary impact of "To Kill a Mockingbird" on their lives. "Scout, Atticus, and Boo" affirmed my own love of "To Kill a Mockingbird," the joy of teaching this novel, reading it aloud, and how much I have missed that part of my teaching career since retirement.
Many of the interviews note the public's fascination with Ms. Lee's seemingly reclusive lifestyle, her unwillingness to be interviewed, and the fact that she has not published a second novel. In this way, "Scout, Atticus, and Boo" is somewhat repetitive, especially since Wally Lamb's foreword and the first chapter carry many of the same quotations from the coming essays.Read more ›
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Being a Alabama transplant I'm a new fan of "To Kill A Mockingbird's" author Harper Lee.After reading her book, the option to read other people's opinion of her writing... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Kindle CustomerMary Hoffman
Interesting to read the way that the story touched each person who has read this book. Most people naturally love Scout, but the story was so much about her fearlessness and the... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Patty D.
Full disclosure: I did not buy this book but borrowed it from the library. I was interested in reading about authors' experiences of Mockingbird, and I was intrigued by the... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Dana Carter
Good value further knowledge to be gained by these revelationsPublished 21 months ago by David Gregory Radford