To Kill A Mockingbird

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The best $3.50 I ever spent.  This dog-eared copy of one of my favorite books of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird, was published on July 11, 1960.  It immediately hit the best seller lists.  Nell Harper Lee won a Pulitzer Prize for the book in 1961, and in 1962, an Academy Award winning film was completed.

This very humble book still captures new audiences all over the world, giving voice to relevant questions about morals and ethics, providing vivid examples of personal courage, and highlighting the fact that humanity can, and should, live in us all.  There are several books that I read over again.  To Kill a Mockingbird is one of them.  Harper Lee’s writing is so down to earth and simple. Perhaps the simplicity of her writing is what paints such vivid pictures for me.  I am sure that you all have had the pleasure of reading the book, but, if by chance you have not, I highly recommend that you do so before you kick the bucket.  You’ll never regret it.

She never wrote another book.   High on her list of reasons why was that she didn’t like all the hoopla involved in the publication.  Her other reason was that she said all she wanted to say, and she wasn’t going to say it again.  Well….it was pretty all encompassing.

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2 thoughts on “To Kill A Mockingbird

  1. Yes but can you say that you have actually read a book so many times it has worn out? I have a number of tattered books held together with…wait for it….yes duck tape. One book was so good that after many years of enjoyment and repair I had to buy a new copy and now it sits with tape holding it together.

    • The only book we own that needs rebinding is the only family copy of Ales Hrdlichka’s The Aleutian and Commander Islands and Their Inhabitants, although I did have to buy a new set of the Fellowship of the Ring trilogy…mine from high school didn’t make it through 3 teenagers.

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