Why To Kill a Mockingbird Matters by Tom Santopietro

Why To Kill a Mockingbird Matters

Tom Santopietro, an author well-known for his writing about American popular culture, delves into the heart of the beloved classic and shows readers why To Kill a Mockingbird matters more today than ever before.With 40 million copies sold, To Kill a Mockingbird's poignant but clear eyed examination of human nature has cemented its status as a global classic. Tom Santopietro's new book, Why To Kill a Mockingbird Matters, takes a 360 degree look at...

Details Why To Kill a Mockingbird Matters

TitleWhy To Kill a Mockingbird Matters
Release DateJun 19th, 2018
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
GenreNonfiction, Writing, Books About Books, History

Reviews Why To Kill a Mockingbird Matters

  • Carol
    4+ Enlightening Stars for me! NELLE HARPER LEE - April 28, 1926 - February 19, 2016. Its all here....How it all came to be....the novel, the screenplay, the movie, and discussion of "America's Original National Sin......Slavery." Perhaps I'm the only one, but did not know TKAM was a semi-autobiographical work....that Lee's attorney father, A. C. Lee was the inspiration for Atticus....that he actually defended two African American men accused of m...
  • Cheryl
    Why to kill a mockingbird matters by Tom SantopietroAs much a biography of Harper Lee as it is a telling of the era’s racial climate surrounding the book’s publication, subsequent film production and Academy award for Gregory Peck.The back story to Lee was quite interesting, her familial life leading up to her semi-autobiographical writing of Mockingbird. Her tomboy ways, attorney father and how the mental maladies of her mother absented her ...
  • Janet
    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- Tom Santopietro, an author well-known for his writing about American popular culture, delves into the heart of the beloved classic and shows readers why "To Kill Mockingbird" matters more today than ever before.With 40 million copies sold, To Kill a Mockingbird’s poignant but clear-eyed examination of human nature has c...
  • SundayAtDusk
    Since I recently read Joseph Crespino's Atticus Finch: The Biography, I'm not sure why I decided to read this book by Tom Santopietro. I'm not really a fan of To Kill a Mockingbird, and only read it after reading Go Set a Watchman. I also only saw the entire movie, with Gregory Peck, for the first time after reading both novels. Maybe I was wondering if Mr. Santopietro could convince me the book and movie still mattered. He did not. Nevertheless,...
  • Jaclyn
    Admittedly I wanted to read this after reading Roxane Gay’s review - To Kill a Mockingbird (TKAM) is a very special book in my life and for all its faults is one of the most iconic books of its time. I’ve read quite a lot around the context of the novel, Harper Lee and the film adaptation, and I think readers looking for more about these topics will find this book interesting. Personally, I felt like I was left at the end of this still unsure...
  • RJ McGill
    Her words ring down through the generations, falling as forcefully as the free-flowing waters of Niagara. A book that took a decade to write, garnered a Pulitzer for the author, and a career-defining role for one Hollywood A-Lister. Now Tom Santopietro digs deep, peeling away the hype, tugging at the very fibers that bind Lee's work. Searching to answer the lingering question - "Why To Kill A Mockingbird Matters?"Some five decades after it was fi...
  • Biblio Files (takingadayoff)
    I've enjoyed Tom Santopietro's books about the movies and the stars (The Sound of Music Story, Considering Doris Day, etc.), so I was looking forward to his treatment of To Kill a Mockingbird. I have to give him credit, he tackled all the controversial aspects of the book and the movie and didn't shy away from discussing them from all angles. The first part of the book details Harper Lee's life and her writing of the novel. Following the "discove...
  • Brent Soderstrum
    I won this book through GoodReads First Read program.I had never read TKAM nor had I seen the movie before winning this book. I figured it was a sign that I needed to do so. I read the book and watched the movie before reading this book which takes a deeper dive into both the book and the movie.In this book we learn more about Nelle Harper Lee and how TKAM was basically based on her childhood growing up in Monroeville, Alabama. It was fun to see ...
  • Anna
    This book had a LOT of information about Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird. I felt like I probably should have re-read To Kill a Mockingbird and probably read Go Set A Watchman before I started this book. I did appreciate the history, not just of TKAM but also of Harper Lee and everything that had happened in her life. I was completely unaware that GSAW was written as her original book and was just left in a safe deposit box for several decade...
  • Exapno Mapcase
    This is a Goodreads First Reads review.Santopietro provides a thorough look at Harper Lee’s most famous work. He starts out with Ms. Lee herself, with a childhood that closely resembled Scout’s and follows that with the publication and resultant exaltations. Then the story shifts to the film with insightful biographies of the cast and crew. This will be a sublime read for book lovers.
  • Genereams
    I love the book it is by far the greatest book of all time in my opinion.
  • Anita
    An excellent way to refresh one's memoies of the book.Like good non-fiction books it can be enjoyed in small bites or read consecutively.
  • Denise
    I don't know the facts well (so can't rate whether the details are correct), but to me this seemed an extremely scholarly book
  • Mary Nee
    An interesting read about the book and film.
  • Christopher
    A fantastic and fascinating read that feels more relevant than ever today.
  • John
    Attached is a link to my review.https://johngrecoauthor.com/2018/07/1...