Scout, Atticus and Boo
Mary McDonagh Murphy
Published by Harper
FTC disclosure: I’m sure it’ll come as no surprise when you read that I bought this book. Unless, of course, you suffer from Groundhog Day syndrome.
It’s hard to believe that To Kill a Mockingbird was first published 50 years ago. I know I read it in high school, although I have no memory of it (which is why I am currently re-reading it). However, I do remember the movie. I think I’ve seen it twenty times, although never in one sitting.
I was a substitute teacher for four years, and the movie version of To Kill a Mockingbird is a favorite lesson plan for sick English teachers. Which is why I’ve seen it in 50 minute segments over and over and over again. Luckily, the last time was over 13 years ago, so the trauma has faded. Not that it’s a bad movie. On the contrary. But for someone who hates re-runs with a passion, watching the first 50 minutes of TKAM up to five times a day can be torture.
And yes, I’m going to tie that memory to the book that you thought I was posting about. See, this book is a collection of people’s thoughts and reminiscences about To Kill a Mockingbird, both the movie and the book. The people interviewed include Harper Lee’s sister, the actress who played Scout, lawyers, ministers and writers. Wally Lamb talks about the book’s relevancy, Oprah discusses the time she had lunch with Harper Lee, and Anna Quindlen explains why she loves Scout. The interviewees reflect on their favorite characters and some offer their opinions on why Harper Lee has never published another book.
This is a great companion read to To Kill a Mockingbird. I’ve enjoyed reading the books together and hearing other people’s thoughts on this classic book (and movie).