Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Scout, Atticus and Boo

We hope everyone is busy reading To Kill a Mockingbird We are looking forward to our citywide read discussion at Bookenders book group on Wednesday, September 29th at 7 p.m. Carl Sederholm, a popular professor at Brigham Young University, will lead the discussion on To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Mockingbird: a Portrait of Harper Lee by Charles J. Shields.  Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.  

Another book you might want to read is Scout, Atticus and Boo:  A Celebration of Fifty Years of  To Kill a Mockingbird edited by Mary McDonagh Murphy.

To Kill a Mockingbird may well be our national novel.  It is the first adult novel that many of us remember reading, one book that millions of us have in common.  It sells nearly a million copies a year, more than any other twentieth-century American classic.  Harper Lee's first and only novel, published in July 1960, is a beloved classic and touchstone in American literary and social history. In Scout, Atticus and Boo Mary McDonagh Murphy reviews its history and examines how the novel has left its mark on a broad range of novelists, historians, journalists, and artists. 

This book is a collection of essays written by a wide variety of people, all sharing their thoughts and feelings about the beloved classic. Contributors include Oprah Winfrey, Alice Finch Lee, Tom Brokaw, James McBride, Rosanne Cash and many more. The essays are short and poignant, and tell, very personally, about how the book touched many lives as well as reflected the larger struggle for civil rights in our country. This short volume compiled by Murphy, with a charming forward by Wally Lamb, is chock-full of insightful interviews and musings about one of the most important books of our time.

Mary McDonagh Murphy

Mary McDonagh Murphy has also filmed a documentary titled Hey Boo for the 50th year celebration.  To view a clip of that documentary you can click on the button to learn more about the 50th anniversary of To Kill a Mockingbird at the upper right hand corner of the sidebar. After that, click on the "videos" tab and then you can choose to watch the clip.

We would like to know what you think.  Would you agree that To Kill a Mockingbird could be our national novel?  Why or why not.  Please leave a comment and let us know.

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