To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

November 2012

This was our first book for which points never dropped below 8. We all thought Harper Lee created unforgettable characters and scenes; we liked the fact that it was unsentimental and could be funny at the same time. Though not preachy, it was very satisfying to see a feisty tomboy like Scout point out racial prejudice in all its absurdity. Equal rights is no longer primarily a racial issue and we thought the book did well to highlight injustice of all kinds. And then we spent a long time discussing prejudice within the legal system. Someone mentioned that this book has inspired quite a few people to go into law. Many had read it for school, and we all concluded that it would still be an excellent school text.

POINTS: 8 – 8 – 8.5 – 8.5 – 9 – 9 – 9 – 9.5 – 9.5 – 9.5 – 9.9

Our next choice is A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

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