December 23, 2009

January 2010: The Help

"The Help" by Kathryn Stockett

What perfect timing for this optimistic, uplifting debut novel (and maiden publication of Amy Einhorn's new imprint) 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. -- Publishers Weekly

Jerilyn: An excellent book that provides real insight into the life and experiences of 1940 southern black mammies and really makes you think about if and how things have changed since then. There’s definitely a good reason this is a top seller!

Kerry: The Help was a fast read with endearing characters. When it was over, I wanted to be able to pull up a chair in the kitchen and talk to the characters some more. I learned a lot about life in 1960s Mississippi and I am glad that I did not live during that period! I would not have fit in...

Aday: Brilliant. Why can't all books be this good?

Shannon: I loved the book!

Holly: A book everyone actually read!

Jen S.: A great read! I felt like I was there, sharing in the conversation and fearing the worst.

Stephanie: The Help was a great read and an interesting look into the lives of people who were actually part of the start of the civil rights struggles in the early 60s. Well done, quick read and thought provoking!

Amanda: Touching, funny, and relevant--I loved this book!

Becca: An excellent, quick read. It stays with you long after you finish the book.

Chari: Loved this story and hope she writes a sequel. I miss the characters!

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