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

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

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by Mary McDonagh Murphy
 

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To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Harper Lee’s beloved classic To Kill a Mockingbird, filmmaker Mary Murphy has interviewed prominent figures—including Oprah, Anna Quindlen, and Tom Brokaw—on how the book has impacted their lives. These interviews are compiled in Scout, Atticus, and Boo, the perfect companion to one of the most

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To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Harper Lee’s beloved classic To Kill a Mockingbird, filmmaker Mary Murphy has interviewed prominent figures—including Oprah, Anna Quindlen, and Tom Brokaw—on how the book has impacted their lives. These interviews are compiled in Scout, Atticus, and Boo, the perfect companion to one of the most important American books of the 20th Century. Scout, Atticus, and Boo will also feature a foreword from acclaimed writer Wally Lamb.

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Publishers Weekly
Murphy—an Emmy-winning writer, director, and producer—celebrates Harper Lee's only novel with a documentary, Hey, Boo, and this book, a collection of mostly venerating interviews with writers and celebrities, black and white, from Oprah Winfrey to Tom Brokaw, Rosanne Cash, and Richard Russo. A few incisive remarks emerge. James McBride, for example, takes issue with calling Harper Lee brave—doing so “absolve[s] yourself of your own racism.” Wally Lamb and Allan Gurganus, among others, reveal Lee's influence on their writing. Unfortunately, in Part I, Murphy summarizes the most interesting of her subjects' comments, creating a sense of déjà-vu when the reader gets to the actual interviews. Racism, smalltown America, Lee's 50-year silence since the book's publication, her relationship with Truman Capote, and the appeal of the book's principal characters are touched on by most of the interviewees; such shared themes and opinions result in redundancy. Readers should turn (or return) to To Kill a Mockingbird before bothering to dip into this disappointing collection. 11 b&w photos. (June)
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.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062011718
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/08/2010
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Lexile:
1000L (what's this?)
File size:
676 KB

Meet the Author

Mary McDonagh Murphy is an Emmy Award-winning producer and an independent documentary director whose work has appeared on NBC, PBS, and CBS. This book is based on her interviews in the film Harper Lee: From Mockingbird to Watchman, broadcast on PBS's American Masters in July 2015. Murphy has written for Newsweek, the Chicago Tribune, Daily Beast, and Publishers Weekly. She lives in Scarborough, New York, with Bob, Kate, and James Minzesheimer.

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Scout, Atticus, and Boo 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
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It was a great book!
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ethel55 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No one made that big of fuss about capote who wrote more about same place and his story just made it to a pbs thanksgiving special actually bet more remember treasure island and david cooperfield
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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