Scout, Atticus, and Boo

A Celebration of To Kill a Mockingbird

By Mary McDonagh Murphy
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061924125, 256pp.)

Publication Date: July 2011

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Paperback

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Description

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.




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 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.




NPR
Thursday, Jul 8, 2010

To Kill A Mockingbird remains a publishing phenomenon even 50 years on and still sells nearly 1 million copies every year. In Scout, Atticus And Boo, Mary McDonagh Murphy gathers essays by fans of Harper Lee's book that reflect on its enduring meaning. More at NPR.org

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Praise For Scout, Atticus, and Boo

“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

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