How Harper Lee Saved Me

I just heard the news of Harper Lee’s forthcoming 2nd novel, a sequel to “To Kill a Mockingbird”, then I read this blog post from Mark. You should read it too.

Exile on Pain Street

Several people have pinged me about the announcement of Harper Lee’s new novel. It’s based on a recently-discovered manuscript that she wrote in mid-50’s and takes place 20 years after To Kill A Mockingbird.

I think just about everyone has already read and commented on this post but I thought I’d rerun it. It’s the reason why people are reaching out to me with this wonderful news. It explains who I am and why I’m typing these words right now. I’d be a hot mess if it weren’t for her.


Today is the 50th anniversary of the publication of To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s the single most important book in my life.

I didn’t read a book until I was 20 years old. It’s true! They attempted to force-feed me while attending my below-average schools, but I made it clear that I would only read a book under protest…

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8 thoughts on “How Harper Lee Saved Me

  1. I was in awe of the story of a man who went into the Coast Guard and felt insecure of his decisions. Then he started a new life known as post-Harper Lee. The book changed you and this is wonderful.

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