The Help

After much talk about the book, “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett, I finally gave in, marched myself to Borders with a  30% off coupon in hand, and purchased it.  I flipped open the first page on a Friday and closed the back cover two days later. It was a remarkable story delving into the controversial issue of race and segregation in the early 1960s in Mississippi.

The story follows three women: Skeeter, a (Caucasian) recent Ole Miss graduate trying to make it as a journalist, Aibileen, an African American woman who has known nothing besides working as a maid her entire life, and Aibileen’s friend, Minny, a sassy maid who has a hard time keeping a job because of her mouth.

All three of these women work together to make a difference in the community by sharing their stories; all while dodging rumors, discovering  secrets and for some, risking their lives.

I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well-written, insightful novel about issues that we still face today. This book had me a little stirred up after reading it, looking to my parents for their take on segregation and their experiences while growing up in the 60s and early 70s.

“The Help” has been made into a major motion picture and will be soon released in theaters.  I watched the trailer for the movie and am somewhat skeptical of the “tone” the trailer seems to portray the book. It seems much too upbeat and comical, while the book was very serious and dark at times. However, I will still probably end up going to see the movie, just because I like to compare the movie vs. book . (The book is almost always better).