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The Help

November 17, 2009

Some books are so good that I’ll stay awake all night to finish reading them.  The Help is one of those books. This book is probably the best fiction book I’ve read recently – it’s about about race relations and the birth of the civil rights movement.

It’s set in rural Mississippi during the 1960s, [the book mentions Martin Luther King Jr.’s march, the death of Medgar Evers, the Freedom Riders, the integration of the University of Mississippi, the sit-ins at lunch counters, Rosa Parks and other events are also briefly mentioned].

The Help focuses on the daily lives of three women and the hypocrisy of white women who trust maids to take care of their children while insisting that the maids use a separate toilet in the garage or backyard because they fear catching *colored diseases*.  The maids are torn between their love for the children they care for and their recognition that the children they love will turn out just like their parents.  It was sooooooooo goooooooood.  Must read!!!

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  1. Jody Brower permalink
    November 18, 2009 3:48 am

    I have read this book. FABULOUS!! I, too, could barely put it down.

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