To Kill a Mockingbird may well be our national novel. Published in 1960, it continues to sell nearly a million copies a year, more than any other twentieth-century classic.
To mark its fiftieth anniversary, Mary McDonagh Murphy has written a lively appreciation that 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, and others reflect on when they first read the novel, what it meant to them, 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. This book is based on her interviews for the film Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird, released theatrically and broadcast on PBSs American Masters. She has written for Newsweek, the Chicago Tribune, the New York Post, and Publishers Weekly. She lives in Scarborough, New York, with her husband, Bob Minzesheimer, and their two children.
Praise for Scout, Atticus, and Boo LP: A Celebration of Fifty Years of To Kill a Mockingbird…
“You come away from Murphy’s book with a renewed amazement at what Lee was able to achieve with a single perfect novel.” -Entertainment Weekly
“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