TOM HENNESSY: 'Mockingbird' sweetest memory of Long Beach Reads One...

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"To Kill a Mockingbird" was a magic selection by Long Beach's Read One Book panel.

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George Long

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Jul 24, 2010
 
"To Kill A Mockingbird" is an excellent read. Thank you, Mr. Hennessy, for defending this great book, and for having helped to make it part of LB Reads One Book. The citywide project to get schools and the general public involved in sharing literature is an example of how well a community can come together. Harper Lee's book tells a good story; and it's a good read for the summer, or anytime.
Martha L

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Jul 25, 2010
 
This article makes me want to read "To Kill A Mockingbird" again. That book should be mandatory reading for every school child. Reading comprehension is the core of all education; not tweeting, texting, facebook, 24/7. People who criticize the book are the types who never have anything good to say about anything.
JUSTIN_dot_TV

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Jul 25, 2010
 

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"To Kill A Mockingbird" is a TERRIBLE read. No thank you, Mr. Hennessy, for misleading so many.

If you want to pick somethingthat is Gregory Peck related, I suggest "TWELVE O'CLOCK HIGH". It teaches principles which are more illustrative of life.(1) Don't worry about quitting work and going into retirement, consider that you are already dead,(2) try to show some leadership at work,(3) the cult of personality should be avoided,(4) everyone should have access to the data and actively work to be more efficient.

In contrast to the illustrative and useful aspects of "TWELVE O'CLOCK HIGH", "Mockingbird" shows the story of growing up in a strange place, about wasting time and effort on a BS trial, interacting with the one crazy guy in a million who won't try to kill you, and slathering syrup on everything you eat. Cheesh. Pick a better book.
Clapton

Long Beach, CA

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Jul 25, 2010
 
At least TKAM was a better choice than the maudlin and cliched "Tuesdays With Morrie." What a load of soppy drivel that was.
Agent Orange

Westminster, CA

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Jul 25, 2010
 
What a great book and a great pick. I read this in 1969 and this is one book that I wouldn't mind reading again.
eqpod

Alexandria, VA

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Jul 26, 2010
 
I loved reading this book at Lakewood, and having the pleasure of meeting Mary Badham. She started to tear up when she talked about the set being burned down at Universal Studios. One of my all time favorite movies and books.
LMo

Harbor City, CA

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Jul 26, 2010
 
I was fortunate to have attended the Long Beach Reads One Book, "To Kill a Mocckinbird" culminating event. I think it's important to add to Mr. Hennessy's remembrance the performance of the Long Beach Poly High School Symphony Orchestra. Under the direction of Mr. Andy Osman, the orchestra performed excerpts from the TKaM movie score. Inviting the orchestra from LB Poly was a terrific addition to the "home-town" feel of the Long Beach Reads One Book program. And for the students of the Grammy winning school, the opportunity to play for Mr. Bernstein was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Marian Wong

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Jul 26, 2010
 
I agree with LMo about how wonderful it was to hear the the LB Poly H.S. symphony orchestra perform under Mr. Andy Osman during the program about "To Kill A Mockingbird." Poly's orchestra was, and still is, a fantastic organization. Remembering the book and the movie was a very special week for Long Beach.

Another book selected for LB Reads One Book," was "The Greatest Generation", I loved reading the stories about all the different veterans that Mr. Hennessy wrote about during that week. Seeing those stories of WWII veterans and their experiences was truly memorable. Most of those veterans were LB residents and it was good to see those men and women get recognition.

Thank you, so much, Mr. Hennessy, for helping to bring LB Reads One Book alive. It's a special community event, and we look forward to next year's selection.

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