Books That Inspire 2002

To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee

I experienced the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee during an impressionable period of my life, my early teens. Though my family culture had prepared me to be sympathetic with those less fortunate, I had been raised in a sheltered environment in which exposure to difficult and controversial issues had been limited. With her superb ability to evoke a special era, Harper Lee draws you in with storytelling magic while simultaneously presenting lessons on courage, racial prejudice, and fear of the different. Her book had a profound impact on the development of my value system.
Diane Mayes
Coordinator, Academic Advising
University College