To Kill a Mockingbird
Why this book?
What I love about this novel is the transparent honesty of the children and the unshakeable solidity of their father, who provides a moral compass for their sleepy Alabama town in the depths of the hardest times anybody can remember. The book is filled with poignant details of place and time, and the dialogue is pitch perfect. If you haven’t read Mockingbird lately, please do. It’s the best first stop on a journey through the 1930s. Favorite quote: “Real courage is when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.”