First in To Kill a Mockingbird and fifty-five years later with Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee's beloved characters resonate with readers long after the books are finished. To Kill a Mockingbird, published in July 1960, has become a touchstone in American literary and social history. It may well be our national novel.
With Scout, Atticus & Boo, Mary McDonagh Murphy commemorates more than half a century of To Kill a Mockingbird by exploring the novel's history and influence. 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 their own personal connections to Lee's masterpiece, what it means to them then and now and how it has affected their lives and careers.
About the Author
Mary McDonagh Murphy is an Emmy Award-winning producer and an independent documentary director whose work has appeared on NBC, PBS, and CBS. This book is based on her interviews in the film Harper Lee: From Mockingbird to Watchman, broadcast on PBS's American Masters in July 2015. Murphy has written for Newsweek, the Chicago Tribune, Daily Beast, and Publishers Weekly. She lives in Scarborough, New York, with Bob, Kate, and James Minzesheimer.
“You come away from Murphy’s book with a renewed amazement at what Lee was able to achieve with a single perfect novel.”
“And that’s really what reading this book is like: attending a big book club meeting with 26 lovers of To Kill a Mockingbird.”
-Los Angeles Times