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July 12th, 2010 by Dr. Phil

The Mockingbird Turns 50

blogmock2This past Sunday, July 11, marked the 50th anniversary of one of my all-time favorite books: To Kill a Mockingbird. I think I was 10 or 11 when I first read Harper Lee’s novel, the only book she ever wrote, (as far as we know) and to this day, I can remember the sensations I had while reading it: the overwhelming feelings of heartbreak, of shame and outrage, and, in the end, of love and acceptance. The characters were so real and so vivid to me as a naïve kid growing up in Oklahoma and Texas that I felt as though they had become close personal friends. Some now deride the book as simple and one dimensional — one critic called the heroic Atticus Finch “a repository of cracker-barrel epigrams” — but the book, and the nobility of Atticus, meant a lot to me. In fact, as soon as I finished it, I started it all over again. It was some years later when I saw the movie, which came out in 1962 starring Gregory Peck. Needless to say, it’s one of my favorite movies, too. (more…)

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