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Harper Lees first and only novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, published in July 1960, is not only a beloved classic but also a touchstone in American literary and social history. It may well be our national novel.
With Scout, Atticus, and Boo, Mary McDonagh Murphy commemorates more than half a century of To Kill a Mockingbird by exploring the great novels history and how it has left its indelible mark. In compelling interviews, Anna Quindlen, Tom Brokaw, Oprah Winfrey, James Patterson, James McBride, Scott Turow, Wally Lamb, Andrew Young, Richard Russo, Adriana Trigiani, Rick Bragg, Jon Meacham, Allan Gurganus, Diane McWhorter, Lee Smith, Rosanne Cash, and others reflect on their own personal connections to Lees literary masterpiece, what it means to themthen and nowand how it ultimately has affected their lives and careers.
Mary McDonagh Murphy is an Emmy Award-winning producer and an independent documentary director. This book is based on her interviews for the film Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird, released theatrically and broadcast on PBSs American Masters. She has written for Newsweek, the Chicago Tribune, the New York Post, and Publishers Weekly. She lives in Scarborough, New York, with her husband, Bob Minzesheimer, and their two children.
“You come away from Murphy’s book with a renewed amazement at what Lee was able to achieve with a single perfect novel.”
“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