Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Book Review of The Help

From the Amazon.com website "...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. (Feb.)
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This may be my first and last book review but this book consumed most of my time last week and therefore I must comment.  The issues within this story will stick in your mind for days after reading.
This book was so well written I felt like it had to be a true story.  It is actually fiction but based on real historical events.
On a scale of 1-10, I give it a 10 for sure!!!
Very good book and it was Kathryn Stockett's very first novel.  Bravo!

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