THE BOOK CLUB’S READ NO. 8 WITH DISCUSSION HELD ON NOVEMBER 17th, 2009
If I could recommend one book for you to read in your lifetime, it would be this darling of a novel, The Help, by Kathryn Stockett. All in the Mindful Readers Book Club absolutely adored this honest fiction story of aspiring journalist Skeeter and her quest to chronicle the lives of African-American maids Minny, Aibileen, and others in Mississippi in the 1960’s. This book is full of courage, hope, humor, and a handful of characters you will immediately grow to love, who — in the face of prejudice, hate, and misfortune — bask in the beauty and glory of just doing the right thing. You will love this journey, I’m certain, and in the end you too will be wishing for a continuation novel. Kudos to The Help for bringing so much joy and satisfaction to its reader.
Here is a synopsis from Barnes and Noble:
Be prepared to meet three unforgettable women:
Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.
Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.
Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody’s business, but she can’t mind her tongue, so she’s lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town…