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22 July 2011 @ 11:18 am
The Help  
I downloaded the adult book, THE HELP, onto the Kindle after the umpteenth person raved about the book to me. I may be one of the last people on the planet to read this bestseller, but that I did on the plane ride back to Houston yesterday.




Set in Jackson, Mississippi, in the early 1960s, THE HELP is the story of Skeeter Phelan, a yong woman living with her mother, writing an advice column for the local paper, and trying to find her way in life. She is encouraged to write about what she knows and, thus, she begins to write about the African American women who are the maids in her home and the homes of all of her friends. At first she has a difficult time convincing the maids to talk to her as their income and livelihood depend on them being discreet and subservient. Anyone with a high profile ends up beaten or dead (Medgar Evers). Soon, though, she gains their trust. THE HELP is the behind-the-scenes story of the life of the maids in a southern town that does not believe in anything beyond separate but equal (and perhaps not even that). <331>


It was a quick read, and it only took me 2 years to get around to reading a bestseller. How about some ladder rungs DOWN this time to YA/children's books? Here are books that are well written and absorbing:


ELIJAH OF BUXTON
TONING THE SWEEP
AMIRI AND ODETTE
THE RIOT
BORROWED NAMES
CASHAY
SATCHEL PAIGE
WE ARE THE SHIP
CLAUDETTE COLVIN: TWICE TOWARD JUSTICE
MARCHING TO FREEDOM
MY FRIEND MARTIN
DAYS OF LITTLE TEXAS
DOPESICK
OUT OF MY MIND
ODETTA THE QUEEN OF FOLK
LIAR
MY PEOPLE
THE NEGRO SPEAKS OF RIVERS
ZORA AND ME
ONE CRAZY SUMMER
THE ROCK AND THE RIVER
HERE IN HARLEM
SAVING MADDIE
SIMEON'S STORY
SPIES OF MISSISSIPPI
SWEET HEREAFTER
SWEETHEARTS OF RHYTHM
THEY CALLED THEMSELVES THE KKK
WE COULD BE BROTHERS
YUMMY

Mind you, these are just titles from the past 12 months or so. I could go on and on. I think I just prefer children's and YA books...
 
 
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