The Help

Thursday, July 21, 2011
Kathryn Stockett

This is a beautifully written story of three women and those in their lives during the early '60's in Jackson, Mississippi. They struggle with their role and place in society, acceptance and working for change. The story is told by three main characters, two of which are the nigra domestic help. They work together to tell their story and see it become realized as a published book. I truly enjoyed this book as it provided a jump start at looking at race relations for me. This book balances out some of the other stories that have come out of Jackson. This one shows the love/ hate relationship the domestic help had with the white families that employed them.  In the book the characters are telling their story to a white woman who can get it published and out to the world to hear. The frustration I had with reading this book-it is 2011, and this story still wasn't told by the help. I will be looking thru our collection to find other voices on the topic.

Cindy A. Circulation

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