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The Mockingbird Next Door - Life with Harper Lee

Marja Mills

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is one of the best loved novels of the twentieth century. But for the last fifty years, the novel's celebrated author, Harper Lee, has said almost nothing on the record. Journalists have trekked to her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, where Harper Lee, known to her friends as Nelle, has lived with her sister, Alice, for decades, trying and failing to get an interview with the author. But in 2001, the Lee sisters opened their door to Chicago Tribune journalist Marja Mills. It was the beginning of a long conversation-and a great friendship. In 2004, with the Lees' blessing, Mills moved into the house next door to the sisters. She spent the next eighteen months there, sharing coffee at McDonalds and trips to the Laundromat with Nelle, feeding the ducks and going out for catfish supper with the sisters, and exploring all over lower Alabama with the Lees' inner circle of friends. Nelle shared her love of history, literature, and the Southern way of life with Mills, as well as her keen sense of how journalism should be practiced. As the sisters decided to let Mills tell their story, Nelle helped make sure she was getting the story-and the South-right. Alice, the keeper of the Lee family history, shared the stories of their family. The Mockingbird Next Door is the story of Mills's friendship with the Lee sisters. It is a testament to the great intelligence, sharp wit, and tremendous storytelling power of these two women, especially that of Nelle. Mills was given a rare opportunity to know Nelle Harper Lee, to be part of the Lees' life in Alabama, and to hear them reflect on their upbringing, their corner of the Deep South, how To Kill a Mockingbird affected their lives, and why Nelle Harper Lee chose to never write another novel. Jacket photograph: Leo Fuchs / The Leo Fuchs Archives

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is one of the best loved novels of the twentieth century. But for the last fifty years, the novel's celebrated author, Harper Lee, has said almost nothing on the record. Journalists have trekked to her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, where Harper Lee, known to her friends as Nelle, has lived with her sister, Alice, for decades, trying and failing to get an interview with the author. But in 2001, the Lee sisters opened their door to Chicago Tribune journalist Marja Mills. It was the beginning of a long conversation-and a great friendship. In 2004, with the Lees' blessing, Mills moved into the house next door to the sisters. She spent the next eighteen months there, sharing coffee at McDonalds and trips to the Laundromat with Nelle, feeding the ducks and going out for catfish supper with the sisters, and exploring all over lower Alabama with the Lees' inner circle of friends. Nelle shared her love of history, literature, and the Southern way of life with Mills, as well as her keen sense of how journalism should be practiced. As the sisters decided to let Mills tell their story, Nelle helped make sure she was getting the story-and the South-right. Alice, the keeper of the Lee family history, shared the stories of their family. The Mockingbird Next Door is the story of Mills's friendship with the Lee sisters. It is a testament to the great intelligence, sharp wit, and tremendous storytelling power of these two women, especially that of Nelle. Mills was given a rare opportunity to know Nelle Harper Lee, to be part of the Lees' life in Alabama, and to hear them reflect on their upbringing, their corner of the Deep South, how To Kill a Mockingbird affected their lives, and why Nelle Harper Lee chose to never write another novel. Jacket photograph: Leo Fuchs / The Leo Fuchs Archives
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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is one of the best loved novels of the twentieth century. But for the last fifty years, the novel's celebrated author, Harper Lee, has said almost nothing on the record. Journalists have trekked to her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, where Harper Lee, known to her friends as Nelle, has lived with her sister, Alice, for decades, trying and failing to get an interview with the author. But in 2001, the Lee sisters opened their door to Chicago Tribune journalist Marja Mills. It was the beginning of a long conversation-and a great friendship. In 2004, with the Lees' blessing, Mills moved into the house next door to the sisters. She spent the next eighteen months there, sharing coffee at McDonalds and trips to the Laundromat with Nelle, feeding the ducks and going out for catfish supper with the sisters, and exploring all over lower Alabama with the Lees' inner circle of friends. Nelle shared her love of history, literature, and the Southern way of life with Mills, as well as her keen sense of how journalism should be practiced. As the sisters decided to let Mills tell their story, Nelle helped make sure she was getting the story-and the South-right. Alice, the keeper of the Lee family history, shared the stories of their family. The Mockingbird Next Door is the story of Mills's friendship with the Lee sisters. It is a testament to the great intelligence, sharp wit, and tremendous storytelling power of these two women, especially that of Nelle. Mills was given a rare opportunity to know Nelle Harper Lee, to be part of the Lees' life in Alabama, and to hear them reflect on their upbringing, their corner of the Deep South, how To Kill a Mockingbird affected their lives, and why Nelle Harper Lee chose to never write another novel. Jacket photograph: Leo Fuchs / The Leo Fuchs Archives

Language:

English

Narrators:

Amy Lynn Stewart

Length:

8h 12m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:24


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:16


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

39:35


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

21:14


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

09:46


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

11:54


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

14:44


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

30:36


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

17:16


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

10:45


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

17:57


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

24:01


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:23


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

10:25


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:38


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:26


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:46


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:53


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

34:57


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:25


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:48


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

12:33


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:54


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:58


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

09:38


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

14:45


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:57


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

19:54


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

12:43


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

12:21


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

15:51


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:42


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

12:01


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

21:23


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

12:39


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

15:07


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:49


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

00:57