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Harper Lee takes top 2 spots on Amazon bestsellers

Anita Balakrishnan
Harper Lee’s novel, “To Kill A Mockingbird.”
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Author Harper Lee's latest novel, "Go Set a Watchman," is the No. 1 bestselling book on Amazon Wednesday after publisher HarperCollins announced on Tuesday its July 14 release date.

The hardcover book is available for pre-order at $16.79, where Amazon describes it as instant classic that explores "the tensions between a local culture and a changing national political agenda; family arguments and love."

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With familiar characters of Atticus Finch and Jean Louise, or "Scout," the new book is framed as a sequel to Lee's only other major work, "To Kill a Mockingbird," which is currently selling at No. 2 on the Amazon bestsellers.

In total, "To Kill a Mockingbird" has sold around 30 million copies since it was released by J.B. Lippincott in 1960. The 1963 film adaptation grossed around $13 million in the U.S., according to an IMDB estimate.

HarperCollins, the world's second-largest book publisher, plans to print 2 million copies, according to The Washington Post.

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