To Kill A Mockingbird

I was an adult when I first read To Kill a Mockingbird. I watched the movie soon after reading the book. BOTH left a lasting impact on me. It is number 8 on my all time favorite books.

When my niece Candice was 12,  I made her read it. When my daughter was 12,  I made her read it. It's one of those books that I think everyone should have to read.

Today To Kill a Mockingbird is 50 years old. The author, Harper Lee is 84. Her book is still changing mindsets, still stirring conversation and still capturing our attention.

"It's a rite-of-passage book about a child growing up, learning about the good and evil and corruption of the adult world," Andrew M. Gordon, an English professor at the University of Florida, told the Sun.

"It's about standing up for what you think is right, even in the face of strong community opposition. It creates an idealized father figure in Atticus Finch. It provides lessons in tolerance and shows the mistake of judging people on surface considerations. It's a nostalgic novel about the South during hard times, the Depression."

Thank you Harper Lee for sitting down and writing To Kill a Mockingbird.


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