The Help

I did manage to read a bit over the weekend.  I finished up Kathryn Stockett’s The Help and started the fifth book in the Tea Shop cozy series.

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?

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14 comments on “The Help

  1. Tee says:

    I’ll make a note of ‘The Help’. Am presently reading Larsson’s second book ‘The Girl who Played with Fire’. Very intriguing read!

  2. gMarie says:

    I haven’t heard of it – but will take a look at it.

    I’m reading which ever tea shop book I’m on now – I think I have 1 or 2 more finished to send onto you. But heck – I can’t keep track any more! 🙂 g

  3. Marjie says:

    I’m reading the Maltese Falcon! Of course, I’ve read it before, but that was years ago. I wonder if I’m the only one who ever watched that show “Without a Trace” and laughed at the name Samantha Spade.

  4. Blond Duck says:

    My MIL has been telling me to read this for ages!

  5. AlisonH says:

    I was looking around last night, thinking, I have to take a break from the knitting–but what to read next? Didn’t have time to reread Stones into Schools by Greg Mortenson before bedtime, and I knew if I picked it up I wouldn’t want to put it down again at all.

  6. Barbara S. says:

    That was our Book Club read for September and it was great! I haven’t quite finished it yet,but will be soon. I will report back to let you know when I do. There was a great personal experience story about the book on “The Story” radio show last week. (http://thestory.org/archive/the_story_1144_Hays_and_Cousin.mp3/view)
    (I haven’t started this month’s book, To Kill A Mockingbird. Hubband has it with him at Stanford right now, and will have it done by the time he gets home Wednesday night, so I will have plenty of time to reread it by next Tuesday. His take after one leg of his plane trip, “Great book, not at all what I was expecting.” Turns out he was expecting “Cat On a Hot Tin Roof” or some such.)

  7. Barbara says:

    The Help was a good book, but I do get tired of reading Southern books, don’t you? They all seem to say the same thing.
    Hate to be even more mundane, but I’m reading a couple political books right now….

  8. Sounds like an interesting read…if I add to my TBR stack, it will likely cause an avalanche…Just finished the second book in the Black Sheep Knitting Mystery series…don’t bother, really….Still reading Frankenstein on Kindle with the Rav group, and slogging through the endless, though interesting, Wolf Hall, on cd. (18 cds, 23+ hrs….)

  9. Sue says:

    I’ll order it from the library. It sounds like a good read.

    I’m reading another one by Jodi Picoult. I guess I must be addicted to her, this is about the eighth or ninth of her books that I’ve read. I like the fact that I can’t guess the ending even when I’m almost there. Of course, none of them are very happy endings, but that’s OK.

  10. Kathy says:

    I had seen that book on the bestseller list, but didn’t really know what it was about. Thanks for your recommendation. I just finished In the Kitchen, a novel by Monica Ali. I kept going even though it never really spoke to me. I was really disappointed because I’d read Brick Lane by the same author and I could really feel the feelings of the characters as they felt them. In the Kitchen just wasn’t that good.

  11. StarSpry says:

    I really enjoyed reading this book! I think I’ll listen to the audio book sometime, too, since I’ve heard such great things about the reader. I’m currently reading The Magicians and Mrs. Quent by Galen Beckett. It’s quite good…in fact, I’ve been reading the book instead of getting any knitting accomplished!

  12. Nichole says:

    I’m more than half way thru “YOU HAD ME AT WOOF: How Dogs Taught Me the Secrets of Happiness” and OMG, am loving it and keep thinking “yea, that’s me too” and “uh-huh” with every page I read. GREAT!

  13. Julie says:

    I am reading this book, so I did not read much of the post. I love this book!!! Whenever asked what I am reading, I almost always say the Bible and Charlotte’s Web, one of Austen’s books, and am now also reading Love and Respect (a book about marriage).

  14. marily sturman says:

    Help. I found you thru the Mr. Puffy blog. There was a picture of a wood tapestry needle case that
    came from you. Please let me know if these are available.

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