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ISBN 13: 9781417770342
Language: English
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The author of the book: Charles J. Shields
Edition: Turtleback Books
Date of issue: April 1st 2007
ISBN: 1417770341
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This was probably hard to write as the author had to do so without the benefit of interviewing the subject. And without the cooperation from the subject, it seems that those closest to the subject honored the subjects wishes and did the same. So what he did was to contact anyone that he could think may have known the subject for the briefest amount of time for any anecdote. The result is probably best described by a quote from an initial edit of To Kill a Mockingbird by the publishers, Lippincott:
" it was 'more a series of anecdotes than a fully conceived novel.'"

The book reads like he took a stack of notecards from interviews and letters from anyone who would deign to respond, and strung them together. It is full of anecdotes, that in a normal life, would probably mean nothing to anyone. All the while he is trying to tie every small aspect of Lee's life to 'To Kill a Mockingbird' and 'In Cold Blood'

A result is unsatisfying. You get a picture of Lee, but it looks like a picture put together by a committee of people who were strangers to her, almost a character description than a description of a person. For the person who wants to know 'To Kill a Mockingbird' deeper, read it again, and maybe join a book discussion. This does not help.


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Ebook Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee read Online! Charles J. Shields is the author of And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut: A Life, Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee, the highly acclaimed, bestselling biography of Harper Lee, and I Am Scout: The Biography of Harper Lee (Henry Holt Books for Young Readers).

He grew up in the Midwest and taught in a rural school in central Illinois for several years. He has been a reporter for public radio, a journalist, and the author of nonfiction books for young people.

He and his wife live near Charlottesville, Virginia.


Reviews of the Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee


CHARLES

Rarely do the books make me cry, but this one could.

ETHAN

A hard book, obviously not for everyone.

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Books are incredible magic that you can carry with you.

ETHAN

On one Breath

FLORENCE

The only book I read in 1 day




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