But then there were still more times when we'd read a book and it would just click. I'd know exactly why it was significant to society and why it was enjoyable to individuals. One such book remains a favorite of mine to this day: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
I had always hoped to read more from Lee but she never wrote a second book. No one really knows why. Perhaps it was because she tried and failed in private, or maybe she was never inspired to write another, or maybe, maybe it was intentional. Maybe it's the singularity of her amazing work that draws it so much well-deserved attention.
I bring this up because the L.A. Times wrote a great piece last week on the book and the recent documentary "Hey, Boo" by filmmaker Mary McDonagh Murphy. It's definitely one worth sharing:
Harper Lee was working as an airline reservations agent in New York City, struggling to write a novel tentatively titled "Atticus," when a close friend gave her enough money to take time off and finish her book. Published in 1960 with an initial print run of just 5,000 copies, "To Kill a Mockingbird" became an instant phenomenon: a critically acclaimed bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winner, followed by a multiple-Oscar-winning 1962 film featuring the iconic performance of Gregory Peck as courageous Southern lawyer Atticus Finch.Read the rest of the piece HERE