We have been fortunate enough to acquire two additional titles that involve Harper Lee. Not only do we already have 8 copies of Lee’s acclaimed and popular novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, but we now have 5 copies of the sequel Go Set a Watchman.
When Scout is twenty-six she returns home to Alabama from New York to visit her family. While there, she learns of unsettling family secrets that cause her to question her values and revisit memories from her past.
After skimming the reviews on Amazon, this book could be quite the discussion piece when comparing it to To Kill a Mockingbird.
Additionally, we also received 10 copies of a biography about Harper Lee entitled Mockingbird.
Charles Shields explores Lee’s life beginning in Alabama to writing “To Kill a Mockingbird” through to the controversy behind the belated publication of the sequel, “Go Set a Watchman.” Harper Lee was not consulted or interviewed for the biography, having sworn off interviews in 1965. Thus, all of the information gathered for the biography included interviews with acquaintances of Lee, papers of Lee’s close friend, Truman Capote, historic documents about the family from Alabama, as well as the internet.
Many of the reviews on Amazon feel the author did a decent job of staying balanced and revealing as much as possible about Lee regardless of her reticence to talk publicly with anyone.
“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” -Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird