Travel along with Chicago Tribune journalist Marja Mills as she embarks on a friendship with one of the South’s foremost literary icons Harper Lee and her sister Alice Lee in this month’s Sip & Flip selection, The Mockingbird Next Door. The pages of this memoir are ripe with details of the To Kill a Mockingbird author’s hometown of Monroeville, Alabama while also giving a glimpse into the relationships that Harper protected so fiercely. Reading The Mockingbird Next Door is like opening a window into Harper Lee’s private world. As the window closes on the last page, we’re left with nostalgia for one of literature’s greatest talents and the feeling we had the very first time we read her remarkable novel.
The Mockingbird Next Door won’t hit shelves until July 15, but enter for a chance to win signed copies for your book club today! Details below. For now, here’s our quick Sip & Flip guide to help you get the discussion started at your next book club gathering. We kept it brief to leave plenty of time for mingling.
- What were you expecting Harper Lee to be like before you read The Mockingbird Next Door? Did the depiction of her surprise you?
- Did Alice and Nelle Harper’s relationship remind you at all of the sibling relationship at the heart of Harper Lee’s classic, To Kill a Mockingbird?
- Were you surprised by how normal the Lees’ life seemed to be, even with the incredible success of To Kill a Mockingbird? In what ways were their daily lives affected by that success, even decades later?
- Alice and Nelle Harper are very typical Southern women in many ways. They love history, the land, reading, good food, and good friends. Did you identify with them? Did they remind you of women you know in your own community?
- How did Alice and Nelle Harper live life on their own terms? Is that important to you? In what way?
Enter for a chance to win! Comment with your favorite Southern literature classic and why it tops your list for a chance to win 10 signed copies of The Mockingbird Next Door. Contest begins today and ends Monday, July 16. Official rules.