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Harper Lee, 1926-2016

posted by: February 19, 2016 - 12:15pm

Harper Lee 1926 - 2016Harper Lee, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of To Kill a Mockingbird, has died at the age of 89 in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama. Born on April 28, 1926, Lee was educated in Alabama and at one time thought about becoming a lawyer, but moved to New York in 1949 to pursue her dream of becoming a writer.

 

It took nine years, but finally Lee’s manuscript was accepted and the book was published on July 11, 1960. Set in a small Southern town, Lee’s masterpiece tackles racial injustice and was met with critical acclaim and commercial success. The film adaptation starring Mary Badham as Scout and Gregory Peck as Atticus was equally sensational and only added to Harper Lee’s literary fame and expectations for her next novel. For decades, though, it appeared that Lee would never publish another book. That all changed in 2015 when a manuscript was mysteriously uncovered and Go Set a Watchman, the sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird, was the book of last summer.

 

Harper Lee suffered a stroke in 2007, recovered and resumed life in her beloved hometown which served as the model for the small town in To Kill a Mockingbird. In fact, when asked by a radio interviewer about her small corner of the world, Lee said, “I would simply like to put down all I know about this because I believe that there is something universal in this little world, something decent to be said for it and something to lament in its passing.” She continued, “In other words, all I want to be is the Jane Austen of South Alabama.”


 
 

Here are some of our picks for BCPL's second reading challenge, read a book in the year that you were born. For more options check out this resource from Goodreads. 

 1930s and 1940s 

Cover art for Murder on the Orient Express Cover art for Little House in the Big Woods Cover art for As I Lay Dying Cover art for Gone with the Wind Cover art for 1984Cover art for The Diary of a Young Girl Cover art for All The King's Men Cover art for A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

 1950's and 1960s 

Cover art for The Catcher in the Rye Cover art for Lord of the Flies Cover art for The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe Cover art for Night Cover art for Slaughterhouse-Five Cover art for The Outsiders Cover art for In Cold Blood Cover art for I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

 1970s and 1980s 

Cover art for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Cover art for The Stand Cover art for Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee Cover art for The Bluest Eye Cover art for The Handmaids Tale Cover art for The Color Purple Cover art for Ender's Game Cover art for The Joy Luck Club

1990s and 2000s  

Cover art for Memoirs of a Geisha Cover art for A Game of Thrones Cover art for Bridget Jones's Diary Cover art for Fight Club Cover art for Forged by Fire Cover art for The Book Thief Cover art for Artemis Fowl Cover art for The Other Side


 
 

BCPL Reading Challenge

posted by: January 28, 2016 - 12:00pm

 

BCPL's yearlong reading challenge is on! This month, read a book by Maryland author. Here are some suggested titles from some of our state’s many great authors. Select any cover to learn more or to request a copy:

Cover art for Money Cant Buy Love Cover art for Grant Park Cover art for CarsickCover art for The Martini Shot Cover art for Charm City Cover art for A Spool of Blue Thread Cover art for Unmanned Cover art for Hush, Hush Cover art for The Liar Cover art for Someone

In the mood for a classic? These authors all lived and wrote in Maryland. We'd love to hear what book you chose. Share what you read and your thoughts in the comments.

Cover art for My Bondage and My Freedom Cover art for Tender is the Night Cover art for The Thin Man Cover art for Mythology Cover art for The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton


 
 

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