Historical Fiction

The Help

Thursday, July 1, 2010
Kathryn Stockett
The Help

There are a few books that have changed by outlook and captured a place in my memory. The Help is one of them. It was difficult to stop reading even when I was so tired my eyes were involuntarily closing and my mind could no longer comprehend the words. I loved everything about it. 

Southern settings, especially during the civil rights movement, are foreign to me. Despite the history classes and all the books I've read, nothing clicked in my mind until I read The Help. The revolving perspective of a white author and two black maids made it easier to understand the social hierarchy of the 1960s. It's difficult to imagine that only fifty short years ago, our country was still struggling with equal rights.

The Help was written brilliantly and simply. It is an extremely quick read because it's not easy to put down. I recommend it to anyone.

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Gabrielle M., Circulation

Alice I Have Been

Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Melanie Benjamin

A love story and literary mystery, as told by Alice Liddell Hargreaves, the muse for Alice in Wonderland, all grown up. Benjamin blends historical fact with rumor and innuendo as set in Victorian England mores. This is a sweet veiled story that I couldn't put down.

Donna O., Adult/Technical Services Librarian

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