One of my all-time favorite books. I have read it three times – once in high school (I wrote my AP English essay on an influential character who does not physically appear in the book and chose Boo Radley for my subject), once in my 20’s, and once in my 30’s.
Written over 50 years ago, the themes are as pertinent today as they were back in the 60’s. A banned book because of its racial undertones, To Kill a Mockingbird exposes the inequality between blacks and whites in America – and it does so through the eyes of a child. Scout learns about human nature – both the ugly side and the compassionate side – throughout the novel.
If you haven’t read this one, please do yourself a favor and pick up a copy. Or, at the very least, watch the movie, which is also excellent. This is a quintessential piece of American literature, and the fact that it is a banned book is just utterly ludicrous.