Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The Help


I have read a ton of books over the past year. I haven't been teaching since Jack was born, so I feel like I've much more brain power to devote to reading. And not just any reading like term paper after term paper, but reading for FUN!

I've found my new favorite book - The Help. This was my pick for book club and everyone LOVED it. An amazing novel about women, the pages take place in the deep South, circa 1960's. Never before reading this had I considered the lives of "the help" or the African American maids that worked in white women's homes. When I think of the 1960's, I think about the hippie movement, free love, drugs, and rock'n'roll. But not this. I read this book almost 5 months ago and I still can't get over it.

The Help is what I have been searching for in a piece of fiction. Such good, exciting, thought-provoking writing. It has everything I look for in a good read - strong female characters, history, suspense, romance... in fact, I am hard pressed to find something I didn't like about the book. Only that it ended. I have been meaning to blog about it for quite some time. You really, really must read it! I cannot wait until they make this into a movie. I dream about which actresses will play these characters. I hope it will happen and they can do it justice. Oh and Julie, I promise to return your copy and purchase my own! It belongs on my shelf and I plan to revisit it many times over.
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7 comments:

katieoz said...

by golly, you've recruited me! I'm going to go get a copy!

Emily Real said...

Was thinking the same thing!

Barbara said...

I'll have to get this book. I love recommendations!

Justin and Crystal Billing said...

It is so hard for me to find really good writing. Deep, encouraging, something that teaches me, and high quality literature are what I like the most. I am going to go check this one out. If you have others, please post!

Lindsay said...

I might have to pick that up too! Sounds great!

Julie said...

Yep, I want it back...it will be one I will read again!

Lori said...

It's on my top 5 list, too. And growing up in the South, i could hear the dialects of each of the women...all the different nuances from the different backgrounds. And I could feel the thick, humid air and smell the fertile soil. Beautiful book!