50 years ago today marks the publication date of the timeless American classic, To Kill a Mockingbird. You can read all about the history of the novel here at NPR.
Thank you, Harper Lee! You gave us one of the most wonderful stories ever written. I hope daily that I will find a box with chewing gum, or a pocket watch, a ball of twine, or soap figurines in a knot hole in a tree outside my house. I can't see a wardrobe closet without calling it a chiffarobe-- and wanting to chop it up for firewood. I never see camellias without wanting to chop off the flower heads. In the oppressive heat of summer, I can't help but feel like "a soft teacake with frostings of sweat and sweet talcum."
If you haven't read it, read it. If you read it a long time ago, read it. If you reread it every year, read it. Then come back and tell me all about your favorite part.