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Mockingbird by Charles J. Shields
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it was amazing

A thoughtful biography of the famous writer that shines some light on her reasons and inspirations for writing To Kill a Mockingbird; however, as Lee herself did not work with the writer of this book, it also leaves a number of intruiging questions raised but unanswered. It's easy to imagine (the cause Shields seems to suggest for the fact that Lee never wrote a second book) how much pressure a writer can put on themselves to achieve, when their first book is such an astounding success. Still, I wonder whether that's enough of an explanation for why Lee only ever produced one book. Though perhaps her house is chock-full of a lifetime's worth of manuscripts...who knows?

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February 16, 2013 – Started Reading
February 16, 2013 – Shelved
February 16, 2013 –
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73.64% "This book is absolutely fascinating. A perfect example of how a writer is so often their own worst enemy."
February 16, 2013 – Finished Reading

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