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New Releases: May 8th!


So, next week is a busy week in the book world. Dean Koontz and Janet Evanovich both have May 8th releases and a boat load of other authors.

My book of the week for May 8th is Atticus Finch: the biography by Joseph Crespino. Atticus Finch, the father/attorney/amazing person from To Kill a Mockingbird was one of the most beloved characters in literature. Until 2015. The posthumous release of Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman changed a lot of people's opinions in regards to Atticus. I was the exception.

The Atticus who defends what is right and loses anyway, is the Atticus we all want to know and love. "Miss Jean Louise, stand up. Your father is passing." gets me every time. I LOVE ATTICUS FINCH. The difference between me and almost everyone else is, I still love Atticus Finch. In Go Set a Watchman, we get an Atticus who is less tolerant. An Atticus who attends (cringe) racists meetings. Though I don't at all condone his behavior and, if this were my first introduction to Atticus, I wouldn't like him, I love GSW because it shows such a stark contrast between the Atticus Scout presented to us as a child and the Atticus Jean Louise has to come to terms with. These books were never about Atticus; they're about Scout and how she perceives her father.

Atticus Finch: the biography is about Harper Lee's father, who was the inspiration for Atticus. Historian Joseph Crespino delves into the complicated relationship between Harper Lee and her father, A.C. Lee. Like Atticus, he was an attorney. He was also a racist. The two Atticuses Harper Lee gives us in TKM and GSW are the two sides of her father.

Harper Lee, who passed away a few years ago, was an incredibly private person so I'm interested to read what Crespino's sources have to say.


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