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Harper Lee Granted Presidential Medal of Freedom

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Harper Lee published just one book but it was a classic. To Kill a Mockingbird is the biggest selling novel of all time according to Guinness Book of World Records and was awarded the Pulitizer Prize in 1961. It is the number one book that every adult should read before they die according to the World Book Day poll conducted in the UK last year.

According the Guardian article, Harper Lee is a famous recluse who is known only for her one novel and one interview in forty years. To Kill a Mockingbird is said to have sold over 30 million copies, helped in no small part I believe to the fact that it is on the required reading list in many junior high and high school curriculums. A book like Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” should be on everyone’s required reading list.

Via The Guardian.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Brenna
    Oct 30, 2007 @ 19:46:12

    I love this book and I think everyone should read it. It’s a book that I constantly reread, one that I give as a gift to friends and recommend wholeheartedly. It is still in the USA Bestseller list and though it peaked only at 29 it is still there for a total of 619 weeks.

  2. Meri
    Oct 31, 2007 @ 20:10:46

    Woah! I didn’t know about this. I’m surprised it wasn’t all over down here as Ms. Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird are my town’s claim to fame. Boy, talk about oblivious to world events when living in a small town.

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