Every book isn't right for every person. A book that sends me over the moon might bore you to tears. Something I find hilarious you might think is just disgusting. That said, I do think that there are some books that everyone should at least try to read. Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird is one of those books.
I came to the book late; embarrassingly so. Somehow, despite 4 years of high school, 4 years of college, and 3 years of graduate school, the book was never assigned and I never got around to it on my own. I was working in a bookstore and I won a contest at one of our distributors and I asked the staff there to send me their favorite books. Someone sent To Kill A Mockingbird, and I am forever grateful.
Mockingbird is a couple of stories, really. It's a warm and funny look at Scout Finch's coming of age in 1930s Alabama, complete with spooky neighbors to make up stories about, painfully uptight church ladies who just want Scout to be more of a lady, and life lessons from a revered father. But it's more than that. It's also the story of what causes Scout to grow up: the trial of a black man wrongfully accused of attacking a white woman. The trial, where her father defends the accused, and the townspeople's reactions to it remind Scout forcefully that people are not always who they appear to be and that true courage is standing up for what's right, even if everyone else is against you.
It's a great read with a fabulous voice and characters that anyone who grew up in a small town in the South will recognize. Check it out at the Runge Public Library, then like us on Facebook and tell us all about it!