Tuesday, August 2

"The Help" by Kathryn Stockett

If you haven't read it yet (and I realize most you probably have), then read it. Simple as that.

I'm no bandwagon jumper (in fact, when dealing with a two year old book, even a #1 New York Times bestseller, you might say I am chasing the dust behind the bandwagon) but this book easily makes my Top Ten Books Of All Time. (Which, granted, may not mean as much to you when you learn that Sweet Home Alabama is on my list of Top Ten Movies Of All Time.)



On a recent camping weekend, I forced my own family as well as my brother's to put off the trip to the beach for an extra hour so I could sit and finish the book. I physically could not tear myself away from it. What really happened to Constantine? Would Stuart change his mind? What was the terrible awful thing that Minny did? How could I go to the beach and pretend like everything was okay without the answers to these questions???

(In case you honestly have no clue about this book, it's about a white socialite and a group of black maids in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi who join together "to write, in secret, a tell-all book about what it's really like to work as a black maid in the white homes of the South".)


Can't wait to see if the movie (out in August) enhances the experience or ruins it. I'd love to hear what others thought of the book...even people with questionable different taste, like my mother who didn't like it at all.

3 comments:

Bewildered Bug said...

I saw the movie in a screening last week. Definitely worth going to see. I haven't read the book yet - I'm off this week to get it :)

Kerry said...

I had a lot of trouble getting into it but by the end... also couldn't put it down. Worth a read for sure.

Diane said...

Just finished it this morning. I did way worse than go late to the beach - missed church - Yikes!
I read it on my Kobo so had lost track of the number of pages left. The last page came as a real shock just because I couldn't believe it was over - felt too abrupt to me. I hope the movie is not too disappointing.