Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Library Loot ~ Harper Lee's first novel

To Kill a Mockingbird ~ by Harper Lee, 1960, fiction (Alabama)
The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960.  It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.  Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior — to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos.  Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.
My book club and my NEW book club (more on that in a minute) are both discussing this oldie in December, so I need to re-read it immediately.  Both will then read and discuss Harper Lee's second novel (second published, though written first).  I'll write about Go Set a Watchman next month.  I'll explain more in tomorrow's post about how I accidentally started a new book group when one of my neighbors who'd had surgery couldn't go with me to mine.  We got together separately, joined by several other neighbors.
Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire @ The Captive Reader and Linda @ Silly Little Mischief that encourages us to share the names of books we checked out of the library.  See what others got this week.


Claire (The Captive Reader) said...

Convenient to have one book - and such a good one - for two book clubs! I'm sure it will make for two wonderful discussions. Enjoy.

Bonnie Jacobs said...

Actually, FOUR discussions. Two of Mockingbird, and two of Watchman. :)