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Scout, Atticus, and Boo : a celebration of fifty years of To kill a mockingbird
1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Harper, ©2010.
Physical Description:
xiv, 217 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Scout, Atticus, and Boo -- The interviews. Mary Badham ; Boaty Boatwright ; Rick Bragg ; Tom Brokaw ; The Reverend Thomas Lane Butts ; Rosanne Cash ; Mark Childress ; Jane Ellen Clark ; Allan Gurganus ; David Kipen ; Wally Lamb ; Alice Finch Lee ; James McBride ; Diane McWhorter ; Jon Meacham ; Allison Moorer ; James Patterson ; Anna Quindlen ; Richard Russo ; Lizzie Skurnick ; Lee Smith ; Adriana Trigiani ; Mary Tucker ; Scott Turow ; Oprah Winfrey ; Andrew Young.
"In celebration of the 50th anniversary of To Kill a Mockingbird (June 8, 2010), an American classic that sells almost a million copies per year, Scout, Atticus, and Boo features interview selections with prominent figures including Oprah Winfrey, Tom Brokaw, Wally Lamb, and Anna Quindlen on how the book has impacted their lives"-- Provided by publisher.


Call Number
813.54 M95
813 Murphy

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To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Harper Lee's beloved classic To Kill a Mockingbird, filmmaker Mary Murphy has interviewed prominent figures--including Oprah, Anna Quindlen, and Tom Brokaw--on how the book has impacted their lives. These interviews are compiled in Scout, Atticus, and Boo, the perfect companion to one of the most important American books of the 20th Century. Scout, Atticus, and Boo will also feature a foreword from acclaimed writer Wally Lamb.

Author Notes

Mary McDonagh Murphy was born in Rhode Island. She graduated from Wesleyan University. She was honored as a John S. Knight fellow at Stanford University. She is a film and T.V. producer and writer. She has produced several documentaries for PBS including Cry for Help about mental illness in teens. Another one of her projects is a study on the social history of the board game Monopoly. She wrote Scout, Atticus, and Boo: A Celebration of Fifty Years of To Kill a Mockingbird. In the book she interviews famous people such as Tom Brokaw and Oprah Winfrey about their thoughts on the famous novel. She even interviews Harper Lee's sister Alice Finch Lee about the 50th anniversary. She was also a producer for the Television news show 60 minutes for twenty years.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 1

Publisher's Weekly Review

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 deja-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. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Wally Lamb
Foreword: A Mockingbird Mosaicp. ix
Part 1 Scout, Atticus, and Boop. 1
Part II The Interviewsp. 43
Mary Badhamp. 45
Boaty Boatwrightp. 51
Rick Braggp. 57
Tom Brokawp. 61
The Reverend Thomas Lane Buttsp. 66
Rosanne Cashp. 74
Mark Childressp. 76
Jane Ellen Clarkp. 85
Allan Gurganusp. 95
David Kipenp. 104
Wally Lambp. 110
Alice Finch Leep. 119
James McBridep. 130
Diane McWhorterp. 140
Jon Meachamp. 147
Allison Moorerp. 150
James Pattersonp. 155
Anna Quindlenp. 159
Richard Russop. 167
Lizzie Skurnickp. 172
Lee Smithp. 176
Adriana Trigianip. 181
Mary Tuckerp. 187
Scott Turowp. 194
Oprah Winfreyp. 199
Andrew Youngp. 205
Illustration Creditsp. 215