Welcome to the blog for Lighthouse Books, ABAA. My name is Michael Slicker. We are a family-owned and operated antiquarian bookstore that has been open more than thirty-five years, located in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. Please have a look around the blog. Bookmark us or subscribe to an RSS feed so that you will be alerted when we make updates. Please follow the links to our spot on AbeBooks and our online bookstore for listings of some of what we have available. Thank you for visiting us online. You can visit us in person at 1735 First Avenue N in downtown St. Petersburg. We specialize in rare books, unusual books, antique maps, vintage photographs and more.
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Saturday, April 28, 2012
Harper Lee wrote To Kill a Mockingbird
It is the birthday of novelist Harper Lee (1926), whose novel To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) won the Pulitzer Prize. It was an immediate bestseller and brought Lee attention in literary circles and in her home state of Alabama. It is considered a modern classic in American literature, and more than 30 million copies have been sold. It is her only published book. The book deals with racial prejudice in a small Southern town and is told through the eyes of a 10-year-old girl, Scout Finch. It is based on Lee's childhood in Monroeville, Alabama (where she still lives), and includes the themes of loss of innocence, gender roles, compassion, class and courage. She was a voracious reader as a child, mainly because there wasn't much else to do for a youngster in her small town during the Depression. She once wrote, "Now, 75 years later in an abundant society where people have laptops, cell phones, iPods, and minds like empty rooms, I still plod along with books." Lee and Truman Capote were childhood friends, and a character in To Kill a Mockingbird is based on him. As adults, Lee assisted Capote in research for the book In Cold Blood (1966). Lee received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007.
Our specialties include Floridiana (Florida History, Florida Authors, Florida Related Ephemera), American History, Literature of the South, Military History (including, but not limited to, Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, Vietnam, Korean War), Children’s Literature, Maps, Leather Bindings and Rare & Unusual items.
We also have a wide variety of general stock, including a large Landscape/Gardening section, a great selection of Christian/Church History/Bible Study titles, Beat Literature, and much more. Please browse our extensive category list.
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