Tuesday, August 4, 2009

From One Booklover to Another

Since I have been training for Ironmans, my reading has dwindled. But summertime is different. Summertime means beach reads, and park reads, and steal-away-and-close-the-curtains-to-the-heat reads. So I come to you with another book of choice.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett is an excellent novel about the hired "help" of the households of Mississippi in the Sixties. It's a debut novel from Stockett, which always amazes me -- the talent that is locked in the minds of these awesome storytellers. The book follows some very lovable and believe able characters that draw you in immediately and let you dive right into their complicated lives.

Amazon: Set in 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. The budding social activist begins to collect 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.

Anywho, I loved it. I'm always grateful to friends who pass along a good book recommendation to me.

But remind me to buy a Kindle.

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