The Mockingbird Next Door

The Mockingbird Next Door

Life With Harper Lee

Book - 2014
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Describes the story of a journalist who befriended the notoriously quiet and private author of To Kill a Mockingbird, eventually moving in next door to the writer and her sister and becoming part of their life in Alabama.
Publisher: New York : The Penguin Press, 2014
ISBN: 9781594205194
Branch Call Number: 92 L5125m 2014
Characteristics: 278 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Mar 10, 2015

Where was the editor? Mills apparently wrote an article about Lee for a Chicago paper that apparently had real information about Lee - she tells us she did - but she doesn't include the content in the book. This book is all about Mills. Boring.

LaughingOne Nov 05, 2014

I was disappointed too. I likely shouldn't have been; I had read how reclusive and reticent Lee was. Mills (the author) herself kept carrying on about how unusual it was for Lee and her sister to open to outsiders, and Mills was definitely an outsider. Yet Mills presented herself as a fortunate woman who was invited into this inner circle. In some ways, the book seemed to be more about Mills, her physical illness, and what she thought about Monroeville and the people she met there, and less about really getting into the lives of the Lee sisters. I felt let down.

Aug 18, 2014

Life can be pretty boring, even for a best-selling author whose one and only book was, and continues to be, a phenomenal best-seller and often-studied treatise on southern living in the 20th century, and whose book, when made into a movie, only gained more stature, with the movie also then becoming iconic. And as I waded through this account of an unlikely friendship between Harper Lee, her sister Alice, and the journalist author, all I could think was 'wow, this is so mundane'.

beebee40 Aug 06, 2014

Mills tried hard to write an interesting book; she made a valiant effort. She is to be admired for the effort, work; however, there is much"padding", and the annoying use of "over a cup of coffee" and other repetition grates.

At the core I do not believe Mills was able to penetrate, Nelle's armor. Feeding the ducks does not reveal much about the sisters. Little was learned about the reclusive Nelle, or of Alice.

I was disappointed.


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