Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Help

Have you read this book?  The Help is written by Katheryn Stockett and its amazing!  I've just finished listening to it on my I-Pod (I have an Audible membership).  Its been a few days and I'm still sorry its over.

There are three main characters voiced by three different women in the audible version. They all have very heavy southern accents since this story takes place in Jackson, Mississippi.  Although it is fiction, there are some facts woven into the story (Kennedy's assasination, Medgar Evars death, Martin Luther King, etc.) that make it seem very real. I found that if I listened for very long, I developed a southern accent without even realizing it (Dennis kept asking why I was talking "funny.")

Skeeter is one of the three main characters and the white woman whose idea it is to write a book about black women maids in Jackson and the relationships they have with their white women employers.  The other two voices are black maids that take a very active part in Skeeter's book.  There is also a chapter in here where an event takes place that is narrated by someone completely different which gives you an overview of the entire situation, instead of just one person's perspective.

If you like to read, do yourself a favor and get this book.  You won't be sorry.


  1. my book club read this a few months ago-one of my favorite books now. I understand it's to be made into a movie, always like the book better than the movie, but if done well it should be good!

  2. I thought it was an amazing book -- the writing was fantastic and the story was heart-wrenching.

  3. Loved this book - read it a while ago, and it was amazing. I was sorry when it ended also. Hope she writes a sequel so we get to see what happens next!


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