Aug 31 2015

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

I gained an incredible amount of depth and nuance from re-reading this book as a minority member of American society with African-American friends and neighbors and co-workers, with firsthand experience now of their culture and struggles, as opposed to my first encounter with To Kill A Mockingbird when I was a 13 year-old member of an Asian majority. Back then I thought this was an amazing book about injustice and prejudice and how to handle oneself with grace: now the pain that underpins the novel is no longer an abstract. To Kill A Mockingbird is an impassioned plea for social justice, self-reflection and kindness, and I’m almost afraid to read Go Set A Watchman now (tho I’m sure my Ingress bookclub will help carry me through!)

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