Books to look for: Mockingbird : A Portrait of Harper Lee by Charles Shields

As readers of W.A. Bilen's wonderful essay "Hiding Harper Lee" already know, the greatest living enigma in Southern Literature is Harper Lee, author of the classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird.

While I agree with Bilen's point that people should respect Harper Lee's desire to have a normal life and to avoid the glitz and fanfare that have arisen around her only novel, I also understand that there are many people who desire to learn more about the author of what one of the top novels of the 20th century. For these people I suggest they check out Mockingbird : A Portrait of Harper Lee by Charles J. Shields. Shield's book examines Lee's life and her most famous book and puts to rest a famous rumor (that Truman Capote wrote To Kill a Mockingbird) while also pointing out that Lee had a much larger role in the creation of Capote's classic In Cold Blood than many people thought.