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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Jackson, Mississippi in 1962 is the backdrop for this uplifting debut novel. Black women routinely raise and care for white children, but are not allowed to use the same bathroom as the children they care for and love. Skeeter Phelan, an aspiring journalist just home from college attempts to collect the stories of these black women and the resulting book requires courage and tenacity to publish. The voices of Aibileen and Minnie, two maids that help author Skeeter’s book are compelling and authentic. Kathryn Stockett deftly layers history, racism, dreams, life stories and hope into this must read book.

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2 comments:

alisonwonderland said...

For some reason, this one didn't catch my eye on the Reader's Choice list, but I've heard great things about it lately and am eager to read it.

Becky said...

I just finished this book, in about 6 days. I was transported to Mississippi in the early 1960's reading this. It was quite fascinating how much it takes to change social/racial views. I loved the characters Aibileen, Minny, Skeeter and even the out-of-place Miss Celia. Thought provoking, intriguing, encouraging and sad.