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Why To Kill a Mockingbird Matters: What Harper Lee's Book and America's Iconic Film Mean to Us Today

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Tom Santopietro, an author well-known for his writing about American popular culture, delves into the heart of the beloved classic and shows readers why To Kill a Mockingbird matters more today than ever before.

With 40 million copies sold, To Kill a Mockingbird's poignant but clear eyed examination of human nature has cemented its status as a global classic. Tom Santopietr
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 19th 2018 by St. Martin's Press
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Roxane
May 14, 2018 added it
I did not care for this book. At all. Review forthcoming.
Carol
4+ Enlightening Stars for me!

NELLE HARPER LEE - April 28, 1926 - February 19, 2016.

Its all here....How it all came to be....the novel, the screenplay, the movie, and discussion of "America's Original National Sin......Slavery."

Perhaps I'm the only one, but did not know TKAM was a semi-autobiographical work....that Lee's attorney father, A. C. Lee was the inspiration for Atticus....that he actually defended two African American men accused of murdering a white man and really was much like the

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Cheryl
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Why to kill a mockingbird matters by Tom Santopietro

As much a biography of Harper Lee as it is a telling of the era’s racial climate surrounding the book’s publication, subsequent film production and Academy award for Gregory Peck.
The back story to Lee was quite interesting, her familial life leading up to her semi-autobiographical writing of Mockingbird. Her tomboy ways, attorney father and how the mental maladies of her mother absented her from the novel.

The interweaving of other writers, sing
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Janet
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Tom Santopietro, an author well-known for his writing about American popular culture, delves into the heart of the beloved classic and shows readers why "To Kill Mockingbird" matters more today than ever before.

With 40 million copies sold, To Kill a Mockingbird’s poignant but clear-eyed examination of human nature has cemented its status as a global classic. Tom Santopie
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Jaclyn
Jun 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Admittedly I wanted to read this after reading Roxane Gay’s review - To Kill a Mockingbird (TKAM) is a very special book in my life and for all its faults is one of the most iconic books of its time. I’ve read quite a lot around the context of the novel, Harper Lee and the film adaptation, and I think readers looking for more about these topics will find this book interesting. Personally, I felt like I was left at the end of this still unsure of what the author’s central thesis was (why does TKA ...more
SundayAtDusk
Since I recently read Joseph Crespino's Atticus Finch: The Biography, I'm not sure why I decided to read this book by Tom Santopietro. I'm not really a fan of To Kill a Mockingbird, and only read it after reading Go Set a Watchman. I also only saw the entire movie, with Gregory Peck, for the first time after reading both novels. Maybe I was wondering if Mr. Santopietro could convince me the book and movie still mattered. He did not.

Nevertheless, he did write a highly readable book that covered
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Biblio Files (takingadayoff)
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've enjoyed Tom Santopietro's books about the movies and the stars (The Sound of Music Story, Considering Doris Day, etc.), so I was looking forward to his treatment of To Kill a Mockingbird. I have to give him credit, he tackled all the controversial aspects of the book and the movie and didn't shy away from discussing them from all angles.

The first part of the book details Harper Lee's life and her writing of the novel. Following the "discovery" of Go Set a Watchman, we all learned many of t
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Brent Soderstrum
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I won this book through GoodReads First Read program.

I had never read TKAM nor had I seen the movie before winning this book. I figured it was a sign that I needed to do so. I read the book and watched the movie before reading this book which takes a deeper dive into both the book and the movie.

In this book we learn more about Nelle Harper Lee and how TKAM was basically based on her childhood growing up in Monroeville, Alabama. It was fun to see how Truman Capote was really the Dill character. A
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Anna
Apr 26, 2018 rated it liked it
This book had a LOT of information about Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird. I felt like I probably should have re-read To Kill a Mockingbird and probably read Go Set A Watchman before I started this book. I did appreciate the history, not just of TKAM but also of Harper Lee and everything that had happened in her life. I was completely unaware that GSAW was written as her original book and was just left in a safe deposit box for several decades. The book did also put a great perspective on ho ...more
Exapno Mapcase
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This is a Goodreads First Reads review.

Santopietro provides a thorough look at Harper Lee’s most famous work. He starts out with Ms. Lee herself, with a childhood that closely resembled Scout’s and follows that with the publication and resultant exaltations. Then the story shifts to the film with insightful biographies of the cast and crew. This will be a sublime read for book lovers.
Genereams
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love the book it is by far the greatest book of all time in my opinion.
Anita
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An excellent way to refresh one's memoies of the book.

Like good non-fiction books it can be enjoyed in small bites or read consecutively.
Denise
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I don't know the facts well (so can't rate whether the details are correct), but to me this seemed an extremely scholarly book
Mary Nee
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
An interesting read about the book and film.
Christopher
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic and fascinating read that feels more relevant than ever today.
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Jun 21, 2018 marked it as kindle
The author perfectly summarized how relevant To Kill a Mockingbird is in the present day. Unfortunately, many schools do not require students to read this anymore, so hopefully this book will get some educators to rethink that decision.
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Tom Santopietro is the author of seven books: Why To Kill a Mockingbird Matters, Barbara Cook: Then and Now, the bestselling The Sound of Music Story, The Godfather Effect: Changing Hollywood, America, and Me, Sinatra in Hollywood, Considering Doris Day (New York Times Sunday Book Review Editor’s Choice) and The Importance of Being Barbra. A frequent media commentator and interviewer, he lectures ...more
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