Okay, this book has been on my radar for a while, but I finally downloaded it on my Nook when I learned a friend was reading it as part of One Book, One Denver. Ironically, before I was more than a few pages in, our League President Elect (think president in training if you don’t speak Junior League) returned from a conference and shared how the Jackson League is involved in the movie, and is embracing the opportunity to clear up the image painted in the book of their League.
This struck home on another level, because our own League is working hard on figuring out who we are, and more specifically, what niche we should fill in our busy non-profit community. I challenge those of you who aren’t affiliated with a Junior League to get more information before you jump to conclusions. We are not all young, wealthy housewives. I stayed after a meeting last night in part because a small group of us were discussing diversity and the League, and diversity has been a passionate issue for me since early in my career as a firefighter.
At any rate, The Help is worthy of all the press it has received. Yeah, there’s a long list of books set in the segregated South that stir up awareness and make us think, but this one is fresh and unvarnished. If you haven’t read it, I hope you’ll consider adding it to your reading list. If you’ve read it already, what did you think?
What are you reading?