Tom Brokaw and To Kill a Mockingbird

As a part of the 50th celebration of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Tom Brokaw (you know, former news anchorman of NBC Nightly News) conducted a reading of his favorite passages from the book in my hometown today. He also shared his thoughts on the book and how it shaped his understanding of not only race but also class and poverty in the South (and the North). There’s just something about hearing Harper Lee’s famous novel (which is one of my personal favorites) being read by such a famous, comforting voice that really made the book come alive for me (again) despite the fact that the novel’s narrator is a young girl. And as my parents said, they didn’t remember the book being so funny.

Photo © The local newspaper. Retrieved: August 6, 2010.

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