… the classic novel of race and justice in Alabama? For me, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is the ultimate. It has long been the book I take with me if I am going somewhere and want to take a book. I have probably read it over 100 times. It makes me laugh, cry, think, laugh some more, wonder, get angry and everything in between. I read it in bed at night when I can’t go to sleep; I just flip to a random page and read until I feel better. This book speaks to me, and I know I’m not the only one. Mockingbird has been on school reading lists, has won many awards, was made into an Academy Award winning movie (which is also really fabulous…the script is mostly word-for-word excerpts from the book and Gregory Peck is Atticus), is a social commentary and an amazing artistic literary work.
OK, so you get that I love this book. And the movie. I even read Harper Lee’s biography Mockingbird to see if I could learn more about how much Mockingbird is about her childhood. Why bring this up now? I recently bought a Kindle thinking it would be come my “everywhere book”, but Amazon doesn’t currently have Mockingbird in Kindle format. When I found out, I almost returned my Kindle. I suppose it has something to do with pricing, the publisher’s feeling about eBooks versus print books…who knows? I do know that flipping to a random page would not be as easy on my Kindle. I guess I’ll just have 2 “books” in my carry on because I can’t imagine being without Mockingbird. But if space becomes an issue, it won’t be hard decision. I already know which one I would leave behind.
Even if you have already read Mockingbird, read it again. Do it!
Reviewed by Heidi (staff)