Books That Inspire 2009

To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird appeared on a reading list in my junior high school language arts class and is still one of my favorite books. The story of lawyer Atticus Finch risking his reputation to defend a black man unjustly accused of a crime in a small southern town during the Depression is a story of racial prejudice and social inequality and the man who leads a valiant fight against them. Many years after I read the book, our teenage son played the role of Atticus Finch in his high school’s production of the play, based on the book. It brought the story to life again for me of the lessons taught to us by this all-American hero.

Jody Foote
Librarian/Associate Professor
L.S. Youngblood Energy Library