Sunday, June 13, 2010

Book Review: The Help by Kathryn Stockett

My Second Saturday Book Club reads great books. July's pick is The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Set in Jackson, Mississippi in 1962, during the early days of the Civil Rights movement, this uplifting novel tells a heart-warming, if a bit contrived, tale of three women who want to make the world a better place. Skeeter is a white girl who bucks the roles of Junior League Secretary and the Senator's son's girlfriend to take part in a secret mission. Abilene and Minnie are African-American maids who risk everything to help Skeeter in her quest. And that's all I'm going to say, because you really will want to read this one, too. This isn't great literature, but it is a compelling story that I really enjoyed. I'd say it's a lot like The Secret Life of Bees, only if that book is an A, this book is a B+. I read the whole thing (and it's a big book) in three days. I didn't want to put it down. I hope you will enjoy it, too.

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