News & Trends: Ereka Vetrini + A Harper Lee Book Release

Honey Bees, here's another opportunity to watch a video produced just for you and this one's hosted by a TLC star! 

Ereka Vetrini, a TV personality and host of TLC’s new program, Sunday Brunch, offers travel and first aid tips for you and your families as you plan and enjoy time with your grandchildren, nieces or nephews. Watch it here...

In addition to her new TLC show debuting in August , Vetrini hosts Yahoo’s Easy Does It, and the Veria Network’s Naturally Beautiful. Also a Mom, producer and blogger, she has contributed to CNN, CBS, In Touch Weekly, Extra and The Wendy Williams Show, and was a contestant on the 1st season of NBC'sThe Apprentice. 

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Harper Lee's New Book Released Today!

In 1957 when author Harper Lee was 31 years old, she submitted her first novel to publisher J.B. Lippincott. Lee's editor wasn't enamored with the book, titled, Go Set a Watchman. Instead, she suggested that Lee rewrite it and focus on the childhood of the 26-year old protagonist Jean Louise Finch (nicknamed Scout as a child).

During the next two years, Lee followed her editor's advice and rewrote Watchman which morphed into Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, To Kill a Mockingbird. Oprah Winfrey has described Mockingbird as our national novel.

Today, nearly 60 years later, Lee's first novel, Watchman, is being released with minimal editing. It was made clear to us that Harper Lee wanted it published as it was, said Jonathan Burnham, publisher of HarperCollins. We gave the book a very light copy edit.

According to some early reviews, Watchman presents a dark portrayal of an elderly Atticus Finch, Scout's father and role model while others disagree with the naysayers. They believe that Atticus Finch is realistically portrayed as a complicated man with deeper feelings, attitudes and flaws and that he typified many residents of the South in the 1950's. Scout discovers her father's flaws when she returns to her childhood home of Maycomb, Alabama from New York City. Now an adult, she grapples with his racist views as well as those of her long-time boyfriend.

In spite of these tepid reviews, Watchman holds the No. 1 spot on's best-seller list. Mockingbird, published in 1960, was No. 2 as of midday Monday. Listen to Actress Reese Witherspoon narrate Watchman.

Lee's attorney, Tonja Carter, said she found the original script for Watchman in Lee's safety deposit box. It was hidden underneath a significant number of pages of another typed text. The other typed text, according to AP, may be the third unpublished manuscript in a planned Mockingbird trilogy.

To join the conversation about Lee's two books, sign up for The WSJ Book Club. The Club will discuss Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman on The WSJ Book Club Facebook page. Or, tune in for a live video chat Friday, July 17, at 1 p.m. EST with WSJ books reporter Jennifer Maloney.

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