Scout, Atticus, and Boo: A Celebration of To Kill a Mockingbird

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Harper Lee’s first and only novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, published in July 1960, is not only a beloved classic but also a touchstone in American literary and social history. It may well be our national novel.

With Scout, Atticus, and Boo, Mary McDonagh Murphy commemorates more than half a century of To Kill a Mockingbird by exploring the great novel’s history and how it has left its indelible mark. In compelling interviews, Anna Quindlen, Tom Brokaw, Oprah Winfrey, James ...

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Overview

Harper Lee’s first and only novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, published in July 1960, is not only a beloved classic but also a touchstone in American literary and social history. It may well be our national novel.

With Scout, Atticus, and Boo, Mary McDonagh Murphy commemorates more than half a century of To Kill a Mockingbird by exploring the great novel’s history and how it has left its indelible mark. 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 literary masterpiece, what it means to them—then and now—and how it ultimately has affected their lives and careers.

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Editorial Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
“You come away from Murphy’s book with a renewed amazement at what Lee was able to achieve with a single perfect novel.”
Los Angeles Times
“And that’s really what reading this book is like: attending a big book club meeting with 26 lovers of To Kill a Mockingbird.”
Entertainment Weekly
“You come away from Murphy’s book with a renewed amazement at what Lee was able to achieve with a single perfect novel.”
Los Angeles Times
“And that’s really what reading this book is like: attending a big book club meeting with 26 lovers of To Kill a Mockingbird.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061924125
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/5/2011
  • Series: P.S. Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 944,919
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet 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 PBS’s 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.

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Table of Contents

Foreword: A Mockingbird Mosaic by Wally Lamb ix

Part I Scout, Atticus, and Boo 1

Part II The Interviews 43

Mary badham 45

Boaty boatwright 51

Rick Bragg 57

Tom Brokaw 61

The Reverend Thomas Lane Butts 66

Rosanne Cash 74

Mark Childress 76

Jane Ellen Clark 85

Allan Gurganus 95

David Kipen 104

Wally Lamb 110

Alice Finch Lee 119

James McBride 130

Diane McWhorter 140

Jon Meacham 147

Allison Moorer 150

James Patterson 155

Anna Quindlen 159

Richard Russo 167

Lizzie Skurnick 172

Lee Smith 176

Adriana Trigiani 181

Cary Tucker 187

Scott Turow 194

Oprah Winfrey 199

Andrew Young 205

Illustration credits 215

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2011

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    It was a great book!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2010

    A Wonderful Collection of Interviews About the Greatest American Novel of All Time

    As of this writing, a signed, first-edition of arguably the greatest American novel of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird, is going for $565.00 to $1,800.00 on Ebay. The fact that signed copies are so incredibly rare is not the only reason. Harper Lee wrote one novel in her lifetime, and chances are, she will not be writing another one. In this novel, she said what she needed to say, then stopped publishing. Some would question why she did not write another. Well, if you were the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, there would be no place to go after but down.

    Murphy is to be commended for interviewing many subjects as to what this novel means to them. From Oprah Winfrey, who begged and pleaded with Lee for an interview (and knew within 20 minutes of meeting her that she was never going to get anything on the record) to Lee's older sister, Alice, we learn a tremendous amount about her. Often stated that she is one of the most reclusive authors ever, Alice argues that she is absolutely not reclusive in her hometown of Monroeville (also the location of the novel). She chose to write one novel to express her thoughts on racism and countless other subjects (through her beloved narrator, Scout), then settled down to a quiet life. Lee saw what fame did to her friend and notorious Monroeville resident, Truman Capote, and chose to go in the other direction. Her neighbors respect her wishes and do not tell anyone where she lives.

    To Kill a Mockingbird is unique in that it means something different to everyone who reads it. Murphy's diligent work pays off in a tremendous collection of interviews. This is a must-read for fans of the greatest American novel of all time.

    MY RATING - 5/5

    To see my rating scale and other reviews, please check out my blog at:
    http://www.1776books.blogspot.com.

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    Makes mad

    Come on where is the real book it is so good this is just so not good i dont like it when people copy people it makes me mad that just aint right

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  • Posted July 30, 2010

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    Scout, Atticus and Boo

    I really enjoyed reading this book Murphy put together for the fiftieth anniversary of To Kill A Mockingbird. The pieces were so well-chosen, whether from a former minster of Lee's church in Monroeville to many well-known Southern authors. I particularly liked the themes that ran through several pieces, whether they were of a historical nature or personal tidbits about Harper Lee. Whether you read To Kill A Mockingbird years ago in highschool or are just tackling it now, this would be a great addition to your reading.

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