Waiting on Wednesday

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


Here's my pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection:

Scout, Atticus & Bob by Mary McDonagh Murphy
Release date: June 8, 2010


From bn.com:
Murphy—an Emmy-winning writer, director, and producer—celebrates Harper Lee's only novel with a documentary, Hey, Boo, and this book, a collection of mostly venerating interviews with writers and celebrities, black and white, from Oprah Winfrey to Tom Brokaw, Rosanne Cash, and Richard Russo. A few incisive remarks emerge. James McBride, for example, takes issue with calling Harper Lee brave—doing so “absolve[s] yourself of your own racism.” Wally Lamb and Allan Gurganus, among others, reveal Lee's influence on their writing. Unfortunately, in Part I, Murphy summarizes the most interesting of her subjects' comments, creating a sense of déjà-vu when the reader gets to the actual interviews. Racism, smalltown America, Lee's 50-year silence since the book's publication, her relationship with Truman Capote, and the appeal of the book's principal characters are touched on by most of the interviewees; such shared themes and opinions result in redundancy. Readers should turn (or return) to To Kill a Mockingbird before bothering to dip into this disappointing collection. 11 b&w photos.

I have never actually read all of To Kill a Mockingbird but have been wanting to. I wonder if I read this about how it affected all these people if it will make me want to read it even more!

3 comments:

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Cool pick :)

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

This sounds good...I haven't actually read To Kill a Mockingbird...yet!

I have a memoir of Harper Lee on my stacks, called Mockingbird. I need to read it, but it's hefty, so I've been avoiding it in favor of more normal-sized books.

My WOW is here:

http://chezraine.wordpress.com/2010/05/12/waiting-on-wednesday-9/

Zibilee said...

This sounds like it's an incredible book, and I know at least one blogger that it would be perfect for! Thanks for sharing it!

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