March Book of the Month: The Help by Kathryn Stockett

After a lively discussion of Pope Joan for February, we're on to something completely different for March, The Help by Kathryn Stockett.

Here's a review:
From Publishers Weekly
"Starred Review. What perfect timing for this optimistic, uplifting debut novel (and maiden publication of Amy Einhorn's new imprint) set during the nascent civil rights movement in Jackson, Miss., where black women were trusted to raise white children but not to polish the household silver. Eugenia Skeeter Phelan is just home from college in 1962, and, anxious to become a writer, is advised to hone her chops by writing about what disturbs you. The budding social activist begins to collect the stories of the black women on whom the country club sets relies and mistrusts enlisting the help of Aibileen, a maid who's raised 17 children, and Aibileen's best friend Minny, who's found herself unemployed more than a few times after mouthing off to her white employers. The book Skeeter puts together based on their stories is scathing and shocking, bringing pride and hope to the black community, while giving Skeeter the courage to break down her personal boundaries and pursue her dreams. Assured and layered, full of heart and history, this one has bestseller written all over it. (Feb.)"

It turns out this is a rather popular book. All 30 copies at the Eugene Library are held or out and there are over 100 holds on the audio book. It is available for a modest price at Amazon.com, alibris.com or fine local retailers. http://amzn.com/0399155341

People seemed to to be happy with New Day Bakery for a venue for Feb. so we'll repeat for March. Our new and enthusiastic member Sue is our March host.

Please send the group suggestions for books you would like to host for our April book and come ready to talk about them.

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    good times, good discussion :)

    March 28, 2011

  • Sue S.

    Excellent read! The host that picked this one deserves an award! :)

    March 28, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I got my copy of The Help on Amazon as well. However, I got the hardcover (used) but in perfect condition for approx $7 including shipping....getting the books we read for this bookclub from the local library is close to an impossibility
    as there are always only a few copies and they are gone in a day or 2. I would suggest to anyone that orders online that they check Booksamillion whick lists all sites that carry the book being sought and the price.

    March 26, 2011

  • Sue S.

    My grandmother had "help" with her seven kids in Virginia from 1950 until 1972. My mother who lives in MN now, states that this book was fairly accurate according to her memory and reflection on the times.

    March 26, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oops, too late for my feedback then! I'll give the Larsson a try, despite all the ranting I've heard from some friends who hated it.

    March 23, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    My thoughts:
    I'm not interested in Stieg Larson, I've heard too much about it (and thus A: know too much about the mysteries, and B: have been heavily primed by people who hated it). I'd be quite happy with either of the Arundhati Roy books. I'll weigh in on later-posted suggestions another time :)

    March 23, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Didn't someone suggest Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother?? I'm down for that - or I just saw "The Road" by cormac McCarthy... looks interesting.

    Saffron: I'll bring the Steig #2 no worries

    See everyone Sunday!

    March 23, 2011

  • Barbara G.

    after reading The Help, I am glad it was chosen. It is a very insightful book that treats a very serious problem in a serious way, yet lightens the mood with some humor as well. Having visited Mississippi, during the mid 50's, when I was a very young child, I witnessed a small snippet of the Jim Crow laws and the segregation and was horrified.

    March 20, 2011

  • Sue S.

    I vote for "God of Small Things" or "Girl with The Dragon Tattoo" Good suggestions Saffron! Note for this month: New Day Bakery has assured us that there will be no piano player on the eve of "The Help" discussion on March 27th.

    March 15, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi all! I know I'm new here. I just found your Book Club and bought my copy of The Help yesterday. I'm very excited to meet everyone at the end of the month! Anyway, thought I'd weigh in on the above suggestions. I read the God of Small Things quite a few years ago and remember it being an incredible read with a lot of food for thought (and discussion). So that would be my vote, for what it's worth!

    1 · March 15, 2011

  • Sandor L.

    Saffron, thank you for bringing suggestions. I agree if we were going to do books out of a series, it would make sense to start with the first one in the series. In the interest of giving people time to get and read the books, I'm going to start posting selections earlier. People who are serious about coming to book club, please weigh in on Saffron's suggestions. To my recollection, Saffron has never hosted, and our whole point is to mix it up and get a flavor for different people's tastes.

    March 15, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone have an extra copy?? Saffron: I have girl who played with fire if you need a copy... can bring to book club

    March 14, 2011

  • Sue S.

    I can't respond to you personally due to your mail set up, so I must post it here. I have already given my copy away, otherwise you would have been welcome to it.

    March 11, 2011

  • Barbara G.

    we ordered a used book from amazon for about $9 plus shipping so around the $13 you mentioned. this is for a hardback. the paperback doesn't come out until april.

    March 1, 2011

  • Sue S.

    There are waiting lists at used book stores and library. Amazon has them for @13.00 + or -, with free shipping. This sounds like the best bet if you are looking to obtain a copy before 2012. It is about 450 pages of easy reading; encompassing 3 main character points of view for a grip of discussion material!

    March 1, 2011

  • Barbara G.

    someone posted that they received the notice of this meet-up for the book club after the meeting, however, i think they misunderstood and did not realize this is for next month, for the march meeting.

    February 27, 2011

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