Sunday, July 29, 2012

Book # 41 - The Help

The Help
Kathryn Stockett
Audiorecording, 15 CD's
Finished 7/26/2012

All the hype about the Help is true!  I loved it!  The audiorecording gave a good feel for the characters.

Skeeter graduated from Ole Miss and went home to her parents' house in Jackson, Mississippi.  She applied for work everywhere, and got rejected everywhere, except for the local town newspaper.  She was hired to write housekeeping tips, a topic she knew nothing about. An editor at Harper and Row wrote her and gives sage advice, "Write about things that disturb you, especially if they don't bother anyone else."

So the stories about the help began.  Risking life and limb, Skeeter interviewed all the black maids working for the white families, including her own.  Not an easy task for the 1960's where the Jim Crow laws haunted everyone's movement.

Well-written.  The characters were carefully developed and I got to to care for them and root for them.  I can't wait to watch the movie.

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