This book would have made a good magazine article for a monthly but had much that was more relevant to Truman Capote and Harper's father rather than her. It's sources are primarily secondary and it offered far less illumination into Harper Lee than I had hoped.
Interesting history of "To Kill A Mockingbird," but a bit disappointing portrait of Nelle Harper Lee, because the author was unable to interview her.
An interesting biography of Harper Lee. It provides insight as to why she never wrote a second novel. It also provides information on her relationship with childhood friend Truman Capote. Since Ms. Lee is so reclusive, it is as close as you are going to get to her. She leaves no breadcrumbs, gives no interviews and walks away when people try to talk to her about Mockingbird or anything really. An interesting read.
I almost hate to post this book because I enjoyed it so much and I hate to see it go. However, since I now know why Harper Lee didn't write another book and I now know what her contribution to "In Cold Blood" was and I understand her relationship to Truman Capote, I'm content to let it go so that someone else can enjoy Charles Shields' telling of the Harper Lee story. I so enjoyed this book that I found myself limiting how much I read each day so that I could prolong the story. It is a good book because Harper Lee is such an interesting person. If you were enthralled with "To Kill a Mockingbird" you've got to read this book.
Reading this book gave me insight into Nelle Harper Lee's life as was intended by the book. I enjoyed the parallels with her own life and that of the character Scout in her novel. I enjoyed the friendship she maintained with Truman Capote. She was clearly a very loyal person to her family and friends. A wonderful book.
This is a hardcover book.