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Harper Lee's "Go Set a Watchman" hits stores

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 01:50

Readers get their hands on Harper Lee's ''Go Set a Watchman'', 55 years after she published her first Pullitzer Prize winning novel. Sharon Reich reports.

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Harper Lee's new novel "Go Set a Watchman" hits shelves in New York ...and book lovers are snapping it up. SOUNDBITE: MARY AMICUCCI, VICE PRESIDENT OF ADULT AND TRADE BOOKS AT BARNES & NOBLE, SAYING: "I think this book is hugely important. I mean in our lifetime we never thought we'd have another book by Harper Lee." That's Mary Amicucci, VP at Barnes & Noble Booksellers. They opened at 7am so that fans of Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" -- the Pullitzer Prize winning novel that is required reading for middle school students across America -- could get cracking... SOUNDBITE: Leslie Simmons, shopper, saying (English): "I've been so excited because I'm a public school teacher and we did the book club with the first book and I told the girls that I would come and get the second book once it came in. Some readers are hitting stores early because of the headlines the book is creating. Early reviews reveal that the book portrays 'Mockingbird's' noble lawyer Atticus Finch, who defended a black man wrongly accused of raping a white woman, as an older man who attends a Ku Klux Klan meeting and opposes racial desegregation. SOUNDBITE: Jonathan Lui, a 15-year-old New York City student, saying: "It deals with race in this. And I'm just interested to see like if Harper Lee changed her perspective on like what's going on." SOUNDBITE: Marie Lugano, reader, saying: "I wanted to find out what all the controversy was. And I loved To Kill a Mockingbird. I read it as a child. And I want to read this now and see what it says." So far, online reviews are mixed. Yet when it comes to sales, Barnes & Noble say the book will be a hit. Judging by their pre-orders, "Go Set a Watchman" will be their "number one selling book of the year."

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Harper Lee's "Go Set a Watchman" hits stores

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 01:50