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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

At the age of eight, Scout Finch is an entrenched free-thinker. She can accept her father's warning that it is a sin to kill a mockingbird, because mockingbirds harm no one and give great pleasure. The benefits said to be gained from going to school and keeping her temper elude her.

The place of this enchanting, intensely moving story is Maycomb, Alabama. The time is the Depression, but Scout and her brother, Jem, are seldom depressed. They have appalling gifts for entertaining themselves—appalling, that is, to almost everyone except their wise lawyer father, Atticus.

Atticus is a man of unfaltering good will and humor, and partly because of this, the children become involved in some disturbing adult mysteries: fascinating Boo Radley, who never leaves his house; the terrible temper of Mrs. Dubose down the street; the fine distinctions that make the Finch family "quality"; the forces that cause the people of Maycomb to show compassion in one crisis and unreasoning cruelty in another.

Also because Atticus is what he is, and because he lives where he does, he and his children are plunged into a conflict that indelibly marks their lives—and gives Scout some basis for thinking she knows just about as much about the world as she needs to. (From Barnes and Noble.)

 

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  • Rhonda R.

    A true American classic.

    November 4, 2013

  • Thomas C.

    One of the greatest American noels ever published! Our moderator did a splendid job!

    October 29, 2013

  • Jayne

    Really sorry that I missed it. Went onto auto-pilot and didn't remember until I arrived home in Brisbane. Disappointed!

    October 29, 2013

  • terri S.

    On Netflix there is a documentary abut the making of the movie and the life of Harper Lee, it is called "Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and To kill a mockingbird" it is streaming I am going to check it out tonight to have all the trivia facts to share.

    October 28, 2013

  • Thomas C.

    Welcome to all new members! We are a fun group of people who always engage in a lively discussion about the books we have recently read!

    October 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is anyone willing to loan me their dvd of this movie? I PROMISE to mail it back to whoever loans it to me within days of borrowing it. Please bring tomorrow night if possible...

    October 28, 2013

    • Teresa E.

      Hi Jennifer, maybe check the library?

      October 28, 2013

    • Thomas C.

      The Sunnyvale Library has a Blu-Ray edition of the d.v.d.

      October 28, 2013

  • Megan

    It's one of my all time favorite books, but I can't make it that night.

    October 27, 2013

  • Rhonda R.

    Almost fininished the book, what a book!! Just watched the film again yesterday, what a great movie!!!

    Yes I will bring some finger food to share too. Looking forward to meeting you all.

    1 · October 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll bring some chips and dip.

    October 26, 2013

  • Mary

    I'll bring Angel Food cupcakes to the meetup. I'm inspired by all the food references in the novel :) Anyone else?

    October 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am loving this book (it is unbearably hard to admit...it is my first time reading it). Looking forward to the book group discussion on Oct 29.

    October 12, 2013

  • Thomas C.

    I just re-started this incredible Southern classic!

    Be sure to pick up or rent a copy of the film starring Gregory Peck.
    There is a bonus features which shows both Scout and Jem preparing for their roles with their on-screen father-Attiticus before the film was shot! It is well worth watching!

    October 2, 2013

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