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.