Thursday, March 26


Did you know that presently the nationally and internationally acclaimed, To Kill a Mockingbird has remained Harper Lee's (first name Nelle) only published book? Did you know that she was 34 when that book was published, and she is now 88?

To Kill a Mockingbird was published in 1960. A classic, the book addresses issues of racial injustice, destruction of innocence, class, courage, compassion and gender roles. It was automatically a tremendous success garnering the Pulitzer Prize in 1961.

Lee was born April 28, 1926, in Monroeville, AL. She later moved to New York to pursue a literary career. She lived there many years before moving back to Alabama to live with her sister Alice, who, by the way, retired from law at 100 years old (Alice died Nov. 17, 2014. She was 103). Never a fan of celebrity or media attention, Harper Lee remained tight lipped to any reporter wanting an interview. But, in 2001, that all changed. The sisters let Marja Mills, a Chicago Tribune journalist, get  up close and personal. The result: Marja Mills' The Mockingbird Next Door: Life With Harper Lee which was published last July.

That's the book Cecelia, Chapter 1 Book Club leader, is reading and really enjoying she said.

By the way, after all these decades, in July of this year, Harper Lee's  second novel will be published. Go Set a Watchman is the sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird, but it was actually written before that book. WOW! What a momentous occasion her new book publication is going to be!

Harper Lee's is a great life to read and so are many others'! That's what April's Chapter 1 Book Club is all about at the Pearl Public Library. The book of choice is up to you. Read any biography or autobiography said Cecelia.

Come on by Thurs. April 9 at 6 p.m. and discuss your selection. You don't have to be a member, and you don't have to join either. You certainly don't need a reservation, and there are always light refreshments and door prizes.

We'll see you there!

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