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Scout, Atticus, and Boo

A Celebration of Fifty Years of To Kill a Mockingbird

Mary Mcdonagh Murphy

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Description

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.

To mark the fiftieth anniversary of To Kill a Mockingbird, 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.

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 when they first read the novel, what it means to them—then and now—and how it has affected their lives and careers. Scout, Atticus, and Boo: A Celebration of Fifty Years of "To Kill a Mockingbird" is a lively appreciation of the many ways in which the novel has made—and continues to make—a difference to generations of readers.

Harper Lee has not given an interview since 1964, but Murphy's reporting, research, and rare interviews with the author's sister and friends stitch together a brief history of how the novel, as well as the acclaimed 1962 movie, came to be.

Publishers Weekly Review

Apr 26, 2010 – Murphy—an Emmy-winning writer, director, and producer—celebrates Harper Lee’s only novel with a documentary, Hey, Boo, and this book, a collection of mostly venerating interviews with writers and celebrities, black and white, from Oprah Winfrey to Tom Brokaw, Rosanne Cash, and Richard Russo. A few incisive remarks emerge. James McBride, for example, takes issue with calling Harper Lee brave—doing so “absolve yourself of your own racism.” Wally Lamb and Allan Gurganus, among others, reveal Lee’s influence on their writing. Unfortunately, in Part I, Murphy summarizes the most interesting of her subjects’ comments, creating a sense of déjà-vu when the reader gets to the actual interviews. Racism, smalltown America, Lee’s 50-year silence since the book’s publication, her relationship with Truman Capote, and the appeal of the book’s principal characters are touched on by most of the interviewees; such shared themes and opinions result in redundancy. Readers should turn (or return) to To Kill a Mockingbird before bothering to dip into this disappointing collection. 11 b&w photos.

Customer Reviews

Don't Buy This Book !

This is not the actual novel. It's just a collection of what other people think about the book. You can get that for free off the Internet. I'm in the process of trying to get my money back for this fraud. They successfully trick you into buying it under the fake pretext it's the real thing.

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I'm not one to read descriptions carefully, therefore like many others I purchased this thinking it was the actual book! So, to say the least I am quite dissatisfied. I thought for sure this popular iBooks thing would have such a classic novel, but they didn't. It is disappointing to have wasted this money and have a completely useless book:(

Tyvm

Ty for the warning

Scout, Atticus, and Boo
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: Jun 08, 2010
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
  • Seller: HarperCollins
  • Print Length: 256 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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