To Kill A Mockingbird

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The best $3.50 I ever spent.  This dog-eared copy of one of my favorite books of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird, was published on July 11, 1960.  It immediately hit the best seller lists.  Nell Harper Lee won a Pulitzer Prize for the book in 1961, and in 1962, an Academy Award winning film was completed.

This very humble book still captures new audiences all over the world, giving voice to relevant questions about morals and ethics, providing vivid examples of personal courage, and highlighting the fact that humanity can, and should, live in us all.  There are several books that I read over again.  To Kill a Mockingbird is one of them.  Harper Lee’s writing is so down to earth and simple. Perhaps the simplicity of her writing is what paints such vivid pictures for me.  I am sure that you all have had the pleasure of reading the book, but, if by chance you have not, I highly recommend that you do so before you kick the bucket.  You’ll never regret it.

She never wrote another book.   High on her list of reasons why was that she didn’t like all the hoopla involved in the publication.  Her other reason was that she said all she wanted to say, and she wasn’t going to say it again.  Well….it was pretty all encompassing.

Ruined for life.

Well, my mother and father have done it again.  I have managed to go through life thinking that a knife is a knife is a knife.  I am going to have to revise my opinion now that we received a steak knife set from Mom and Dad for Christmas.  A steak knife set for crying out loud.  The knives slice through meat like it is butter.  I am now going to have to save my money so that I can slowly replace all my knives.  Wusthof……from Solingen, Germany.  My husband used to drive by Solingen when he was stationed in Germany. 

The book, by the way, Fifty Miles from Tomorrow, by Willie Hensley, actually was a gift from them last year.  It is an excellent read and I am on my second time through.  That’s why it was laying about!