Mockingbird Next Door, The : Life with Harper Lee

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To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the best loved novels of the twentieth century. But for the last 50 years, Harper Lee, has said almost nothing on the record. Journalists have trekked to her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, where Lee, known to her friends as Nelle, has lived with her sister, Alice, for decades, trying and failing to get an interview. But in 2001, the Lee sisters opened their door to Chicago Tribune journalist Marja Mills. It was the beginning of a long conversation and a great friendship.

In 2004, with the Lees blessing, Mills moved in next door to the sisters. She spent the next 18 months there, sharing coffee at McDonalds and trips to the Laundromat with Nelle, feeding the ducks and going out for catfish supper with the sisters and exploring lower Alabama with their friends. Nelle shared her love of history, literature and the Southern way of life with Mills, as well as her keen sense of how journalism should be practiced, while Alice, the keeper of the Lee family history, shared the stories of their family.

THE MOCKINGBIRD NEXT DOOR is the story of Mills's friendship with the Lee sisters and a testament to the great intelligence, sharp wit and tremendous storytelling power of these women. Mills was given a rare opportunity to know Nelle Harper Lee, to be part of the Lees life in Alabama and to hear them reflect on their upbringing, their corner of the Deep South, how To Kill a Mockingbird affected their lives, and why Harper Lee chose to never write another novel.

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Journalists have trekked to Harper Lee's hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, where she has lived with her sister Alice for decades, trying and failing to get an interview with the author. But in 2001, the Lee sisters opened their door to Chicago Tribune journalist Marja Mills. It was the beginning of a long conversation and a great friendship. In 2004, with the Lees' blessing, Mills moved in next door to the sisters and spent the next eighteen months there, sharing their lives as they slowly revealed their life stories and their love of literature and the South.

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