>It’s not often that I get to tell you about a book I read, so savor the flavor, folks. Usually, if it’s not in an email, a report at work, or on the back of a cereal box, I aint reading it.
However, I do love to read – it’s just hard to tear myself away from the TV some evenings and curl up with a book. Reading requires brainpower, and usually I am running on about 1% of it when I get home in the evenings. That’s just enough to watch a couple of Hills re-runs…but not read a book.
Anyways, I did manage to read “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett which has been on my “to read” list (with about 37 other books) for quite a while.
Lots of you have already raved about this book – but for those of you that haven’t – join the club. It was SO good.
It’s set during the civil rights movement in Mississippi in 1962, and explores the relationships of white women and their families, and their maids.
This book leaves you thinking “what would I have done…would I have been able to see through the ‘this is just how it is’ and acted differently? Had the nerve to speak up? Or just go with the flow because that’s ‘how it is.'”
Really interesting book and you get so sucked into the characters.
Here’s a review from Publisher’s Weekly:
What perfect timing for this optimistic, uplifting debut novel set during the nascent civil rights movement in Jackson, Miss., where black women were trusted to raise white children but not to polish the household silver. Eugenia Skeeter Phelan is just home from college in 1962, and, anxious to become a writer, is advised to hone her chops by writing about what disturbs you. The budding social activist begins to collect the stories of the black women on whom the country club sets relies and mistrusts enlisting the help of Aibileen, a maid who’s raised 17 children, and Aibileen’s best friend Minny, who’s found herself unemployed more than a few times after mouthing off to her white employers. The book Skeeter puts together based on their stories is scathing and shocking, bringing pride and hope to the black community, while giving Skeeter the courage to break down her personal boundaries and pursue her dreams. Assured and layered, full of heart and history, this one has bestseller written all over it.