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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

  • Date began: Jan. 7, 2012
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Project: Favorites Project
  • Reading list: Winter 2011-12, Pulitzer Winners, BBC’s Top 100 Books, Newsweek’s Top 100 Books
  • Got it: My dad gave me this version of To Kill a Mockingbird years and years ago after I completely wore out his old copy (there were paper clips holding the first 100 pages together)
  • Why I picked it up: To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my favorite books of all time, and after re-watching Capote awhile ago and seeing Catherine Keener’s portrayal of Nell, I had to revisit this ultimate classic-of-classics. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that I named one of my cats after the author.
  • Back of the book: The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill a Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.
    Compassionate, dramatic and deeply moving, To Kill a Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior — to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 15 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.

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