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The mockingbird next door : life with Harper Lee

by Mills, Marja,

Format: Print Book 2014
Availability: Available at 17 Libraries 17 of 17 copies
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Bethel Park Public Library Biography 92 LEE Harper
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
 
Collection  Biography
 
Call Number  92 LEE Harper
 
 
Brentwood Library Biography 92 Lee, Harper
Location  Brentwood Library
 
Collection  Biography
 
Call Number  92 Lee, Harper
 
 
CLP - East Liberty Non-Fiction Collection PS3562.E353 Z765 2014x
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Collection  Non-Fiction Collection
 
Call Number  PS3562.E353 Z765 2014x
 
 
CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction PS3562.E353 Z765 2014x
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Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
 
Call Number  PS3562.E353 Z765 2014x
 
 
Carnegie Library of McKeesport Biography B L512m
Location  Carnegie Library of McKeesport
 
Collection  Biography
 
Call Number  B L512m
 
 
Community Library of Castle Shannon Biography 92 LEE Harper
Location  Community Library of Castle Shannon
 
Collection  Biography
 
Call Number  92 LEE Harper
 
 
Crafton Public Library Adult - Biography BIO 92 LEE 2014 CRAFTON 7/14
Location  Crafton Public Library
 
Collection  Adult - Biography
 
Call Number  BIO 92 LEE 2014 CRAFTON 7/14
 
 
Moon Township Public Library Biography B LEE Harper
Location  Moon Township Public Library
 
Collection  Biography
 
Call Number  B LEE Harper
 
 
Northern Tier Regional Library Nonfiction 813.54 MILLS
Location  Northern Tier Regional Library
 
Collection  Nonfiction
 
Call Number  813.54 MILLS
 
 
Northland Public Library Biography B LEE
Location  Northland Public Library
 
Collection  Biography
 
Call Number  B LEE
 
 
Penn Hills Library Non-Fiction 92 LEE
Location  Penn Hills Library
 
Collection  Non-Fiction
 
Call Number  92 LEE
 
 
Pleasant Hills Public Library Nonfiction 92 LEE Harper
Location  Pleasant Hills Public Library
 
Collection  Nonfiction
 
Call Number  92 LEE Harper
 
 
Robinson Library Non-Fiction 813.54 MILLS
Location  Robinson Library
 
Collection  Non-Fiction
 
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Sewickley Public Library Biography B LEE 2014
Location  Sewickley Public Library
 
Collection  Biography
 
Call Number  B LEE 2014
 
 
Shaler North Hills Library Biography 92 LEE
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
 
Collection  Biography
 
Call Number  92 LEE
 
 
Western Allegheny Community Library Non-Fiction 813.54 MIL
Location  Western Allegheny Community Library
 
Collection  Non-Fiction
 
Call Number  813.54 MIL
 
 
Wilkinsburg Public Library Nonfiction Biography 92 LEE
Location  Wilkinsburg Public Library
 
Collection  Nonfiction
 
Call Number  Biography 92 LEE
 
 
Summary
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is one of the best loved novels of the twentieth century. But for the last fifty years, the novel's celebrated author, Harper Lee, has said almost nothing on the record. Journalists have trekked to her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, where Harper Lee, known to her friends as Nelle, has lived with her sister, Alice, for decades, trying and failing to get an interview with the author. But in 2001, the Lee sisters opened their door to Chicago Tribune journalist Marja Mills. It was the beginning of a long conversation--and a great friendship.
 
In 2004, with the Lees' blessing, Mills moved into the house next door to the sisters. She spent the next eighteen months there, sharing coffee at McDonalds and trips to the Laundromat with Nelle, feeding the ducks and going out for catfish supper with the sisters, and exploring all over lower Alabama with the Lees' inner circle of friends.
 
Nelle shared her love of history, literature, and the Southern way of life with Mills, as well as her keen sense of how journalism should be practiced. As the sisters decided to let Mills tell their story, Nelle helped make sure she was getting the story--and the South--right. Alice, the keeper of the Lee family history, shared the stories of their family.
 
The Mockingbird Next Door is the story of Mills's friendship with the Lee sisters. It is a testament to the great intelligence, sharp wit, and tremendous storytelling power of these two women, especially that of Nelle.
 
Mills was given a rare opportunity to know Nelle Harper Lee, to be part of the Lees' life in Alabama, and to hear them reflect on their upbringing, their corner of the Deep South, how To Kill a Mockingbird affected their lives, and why Nelle Harper Lee chose to never write another novel.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Harper Lee, author of the national touchstone, To Kill a Mockingbird, withdrew from the relentless vortex of fame and never published another book. Her silence, like that of J. D. Salinger, has been a compelling literary mystery. When To Kill a Mockingbird was chosen for One Book, One Chicago in 2001, Chicago Tribune reporter Mills traveled to Lee's Alabama hometown, certain that she would never get anywhere near the author. Instead, Mills found herself living a literary fairy tale, as Alice, Harper's older sister by 15 years, still working as an attorney in her nineties, ushered Mills into their book-filled home. Soon Mills, much to her astonishment, is watching football games, going fishing, and sharing meals with Alice, Nelle (Harper is her middle name), and their friends. When the Lees express their hope that Mills will record their reminiscences and set the record straight, she rents the house next door and devotes herself to listening to tales of the Lee family; Nelle's relationship with their childhood neighbor, Truman Capote ( Truman was a psychopath, honey ); and the nearly overwhelming repercussions of Nelle's novel. Mills' struggles with lupus bring her even closer to the sisters. As she portrays the exceptional Lee women and their modest, slow-paced world with awed precision, Mills creates a uniquely intimate, ruminative, and gently illuminating biographical memoir.--Seaman, Donna Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Former Chicago Tribune reporter and first-time author Mills befriended the famously private Lee sisters of Monroeville, Ala., back in 2001, and moved into the house next door in 2004. Initially on assignment from her newspaper to gather information on Harper Lee (known as Nelle), neither Mills nor her cameraman, Terrence James, had any illusions about succeeding where countless other journalists had failed. But they were charged with at least trying to make contact with the famously reclusive author of To Kill a Mockingbird. Here, Mills recounts the surprisingly easy and natural way she did indeed meet, first, older sister Alice, a still-practicing attorney in her 80s, and then Nelle, whose sharp, eccentric personality, keen opinions, and generous reminiscences make this a must-read for fans. Subjects covered include the tribulations attending a first-time novelist's instant fame to Lee's childhood friendship with Truman Capote. An atmospheric image of the South, then and now, emerges as Mills recounts daily life with the sisters, as well as time with Nelle in her longtime second home, New York City. While upfront about what few areas (mostly "to spare the feelings" of living persons) must remain off the record, Nelle's sweet friendship with Mills elicits a forthcoming portrait of the author, her family, her time, and her South that is thoughtful, witty, and rich in feeling. Agent: Miriam Altshuler, Miriam Altshuler Literary Agency. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Lee, Harper.
Mills, Marja.
Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography.
Alabama -- Biography.
Publisher New York :2014
Language English
Description 278 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN 9781594205194 (hardback)
1594205191 (hardback)
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