I am Scout To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the most widely read novels in American literature It s also a perennial favorite in highschool English classrooms across the nation Yet onetime author Harper Lee is a mysterious figure who leads a very private life in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, refusing to give interviews or talk about the novel that made her a household name Lee s life is as rich as her fiction, from her girlhood as a rebellious tomboy to her days at the University of Alabama and early years as a struggling writer in New York City Charles J Shields is the author of the New York Times bestseller Mockingbird A Portrait of Harper Lee, whi