Scout, Atticus & Boo may not be the perfect book for a casual reader, but it certainly deserves a place in the heart of those who are Harper Lee fanatics. Mary Murphy has put together a collection of essays and interviews that are a reflection of those who grew up loving and yearning to know more about Harper Lee's famous To Kill a Mockingbird. The most singularly repeated theme in Scout, Atticus & Boo is one of thanks that Harper Lee (up until the printing of this book) never wrote another book. Therefore, it is an especially interesting read.
Scout, Atticus & Boo is inspired by the documentary Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird and makes an excellent companion novel. Although you can find several similar books, to date, this is probably one of my favorites. The foreword by Wally Lamb sums up they way many of us felt upon first meeting these famous literary characters. As you continue reading, each interview and essay resounds with thanks for Mockingbird. It inspired people to want to be their best selves whether that was a writer like Harper Lee, fearless tomboy like Scout, or even the voice of reason as Atticus taught us all the worth of the simplest of people.
There is something very moving and real to read how some of the world's most famous faces came to be in part thanks to Mockingbird. I can't imagine a world without Mark Childress's writing,Tom Brokaw's journalism, or Oprah Winfrey. Do they owe their careers to Harper Lee? No. Were they shaped by Harper's work? Absolutely!
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ISBN 0061924121 EAN 9780061924125 Publisher Harper Perennial Publish Date Jul 5, 2011 Copyright Date Jul 5, 2011 Binding Paperback
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- A Common Reckoning for the Readers of To Kill a Mockingbird
Scout, Atticus, and Boo confirms what those of us who have recently—or not so recently—read to Kill a Mockingbird have known all along: the classic novel holds so many lessons in kindness, right doing, and the human experience that it transcends generations, races, and years; this is something that fans of the book share—a common reckoning that this book is important. Author Mary McDonagh Murphy’s interviews bolster that fact with interviews of people who recognize that influence for what it is.
Every reader of Scout, Atticus, and Boo will find something relatable to their own experience with To Kill a Mockingbird in the 26 interviews Murphy has compiled. Also enjoyable are Murphy’s own answers as to what has inspired her in completing this project.
On the down side, I was somewhat disappointed that interviews from the Joy and Michael Brown (the couple who gifted Harper Lee with a year off work to complete her masterpiece) were not included in this book. Some additional research shows that they only accepted the request to be interviewed after the book had gone to print.
If you’re seeking a book that confirms those greater truths that To Kill a Mockingbird posed, this is not that book, but it will confirm that others found those lessons in Harper Lee’s classic just like you did… and perhaps they will also point out a truth or two you’ve missed, and that alone is worth the read.