There’s a scene in the film “You’ve Got Mail” where Meg Ryan’s character rants about the impact of books: “When you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does.”
And it’s safe to say “To Kill a Mockingbird” is part of our identity as a nation.
To celebrate Harper Lee’s life and work, we posted a call-out on our Instagram page asking readers to share photos of their love-worn copies of “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Some submissions were more than 40 years old; others, brand new.
Scroll through the submissions below, and if you’d like to contribute a story or share an image, post it to Instagram using the hashtag #MyMockingbirdWP.
RIP Harper Lee, thank you for bringing us Scout, Atticus & Tom Robinson and shining a light ☀️on the truth as I underlined in the crinkled, yellowed pages of my high school copy of "To Kill a Mockingbird" #harperlee #tokillamockingbird Here is Gregory Peck delivering the closing arguments: http://youtu.be/-x6njs-cGUE
Funny how I was only rereading this yesterday. Couldn't sleep all night because I had to finish it and I kept bawling my eyes out despite knowing exactly where I would cry. And then I thought to myself, if I only could meet her, hug her tight and tell her thank you. Thank you for writing one of the most beautiful pieces of literature I have ever read. This all feels so bizarre in my head, so surreal, like it was meant to be. It hurts a lot more than I thought it would. Harper Lee, you've etched this book in my heart so deep, that I'd always, always carry a part of it with me wherever I am. [1926-2016] #RIP #harperlee #tokillamockingbird #books #bibliophile #bookworm #booksofinstagram #igreads
This is my library's one lone copy of To Kill A Mockingbird- as you can see, it's well-loved, just like Harper Lee & her characters. I read this book as a teen & didn't appreciate it as much as I should have- I read it again this summer & realized what the hype was all about. What a beautiful book & a beautiful writer. Rest in peace Harper Lee. #harperlee #tokillamockingbird #books #bookstagram
Harper Lee was not only a fantastic writer but a woman who saw more than what was in front of her. She took a stand on racism when it was and still is a touchy subject. Lee's books To Kill A Mockingbird and Go Set A Watchman have said volumes and made outstanding statements in the world. This society will dearly miss a great woman like herself. The literature world will truly miss this outstanding woman! #ripharperlee #MyMockingbirdWP