It's summer vacation and time to crack open my old copy of To Kill a Mockingbird. Sitting in the hot sun on a sandy shore I thought back to when I was in the 7th grade and my first TKAM experience. No, it wasn't assigned reading in my jr. high school English class but on the television watching the movie To Kill a Mockingbird starring Gregory Peck.
It was in the very beginning of the movie when Scout's words sucked me in, “It began the summer Dill came to us, when Dill first gave us the idea of making Boo Radley come out.” At that time I didn't care about Atticus Finch, the trial or the hatred and prejudice that ran amok. All I cared about as a 12 year old girl was "Who was Boo Radley? What is the mystery behind the Radley place? I wanna see Boo Radley!" I loved the movie so much I ran to the library as soon as I could and checked out the novel. To my joy and happiness the book and movie were almost identical. The book of course giving more meat and insight.
Now as an adult I not only revel in the Boo Radley story, Jem and Scout but also Atticus's story and what happened to the little town of Maycomb, Alabama that forever changed it.
When we started book club ten years ago TKAM was one of the first books we read within the first year. Here we are nine years later reading it again. Of course we have new members and some have come and gone but when Harper Lee announced her newest novel (and an amazing back story behind it's release) Go Set a Watchman, I couldn't help but BEG my group to read both novels this summer.
I think some were hesitant since TKAM was school required reading for some and we already read it in book club. But after a lively discussion everyone agreed that Go Set a Watchman was a must summer read as well as an historic literary event! It will be exciting to hear what my book friends think of TKAM now and whether they loved it as much as I do or it was just OK. Whatever happens all I know is that I am hosting this time and I have lots to get ready for to make this a special mid July book club party!
Here are some ideas to what I am planning on: Classic Southern Recipes for our book party dinner (putting these links on the Evite.com) as well as yummy recipe examples straight from the book on Leafs and Leaves... virtual book club and tea party. Southern flower arrangements for the table and little touches of TKAM throughout my book club party.
To Kill a Mockingbird Book Covers
I love the dust jacket of a book (I try not to judge a book by it's cover but I think we all do at one time and another) to me they are a work of art. Here are all the covers of TKAM that I could find on Amazon.com and The Book Depository
The Book Club