The Help

The Help - By Kathryn Stockett


So, for the first time in a long time I have started on a journey of being able to read freely again. I don’t know if it is from checking out so many books for the ladybug and Papa Nicholes, or just the fact that I miss being able to sit up late at night flipping through a good book and not being able to go to sleep.

I chose this book because it has been on the lips of SO MANY PEOPLE! Just last year, an online forum that I belong to had an informal book club discussion because so many of them had just read it around the same time.

The book left me with a lot of emotions. I laughed, I didn’t cry, but I did get angry. In fact, I had to stop and update my Facebook status regarding the fact that both of my grandmothers would have been in their thirties during this time period. A time where black people were separate from white people in the most ridiculous ways. Not being able to use the same toilets, water fountains, restaurants, grocery stores, etc.  It made me so upset that I had to close the chapter down that I was reading and just go on to bed. At six in the morning. I think the thing that I loved most about the book is it challenged me to really think about the sacrifices that had to be made in order for several women to realize a very lofty goal that they created for themselves. It also allowed me to see just how strong the black population is in general – and I’m speaking from my point of view from being a black woman in America,by no means am I saying that my viewpoint is the ONLY one. I admire Ms. Stockett’s willingness to put herself on the line and speak for blacks of that era, knowing full well that she would receive criticism from whites and blacks alike. I appreciate that. However, at the end, I was left with an empty feeling. And I guess that might be exactly what she was going for.

All in all, I would definitely recommend it for others to read and give you the caveat that even though so many people are giving this book five stars, or two thumbs up, or whatever mode of measurement that they are comfortable with, read it with an open mind. And let me know what you think.

~Make It A Fantastic Day!~

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  • Reply
    Nadine P
    July 31, 2011 at 2:24 am

    The book raised a lot of emotions and thoughts. I too experienced anger at some points, and even fear. I feared for the women who were quite courageous at such a time in history.

    We are eagerly anticipating the movie. My daughter (who is well into her 30’s) and I have a movie date planned.

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    Nadine P
    July 31, 2011 at 2:27 am

    I also experienced varied emotions and thoughts, including but not limited to anger and fear. I feared for those women who were so courageous at such a time in history.

    My daughter (who is well into her 30’s) and I are eagerly awaiting the movie. We have already planned our mother/daughter movie date!

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    July 31, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    I read this book based on the recommendations of my younger sister ~ we almost never like the same books but I thought Why not? Anyway, as an American History Instructor, I’ve learned to read things through a different lens (it doesn’t detach me emotionally but it helps me to understand the period that I’m reading about), so it just cemented my view that women of that time period ~ not just black but white also ~ were tougher than we give them credit for being. I do believe that there were white women who were sympathetic to black women but they didn’t have the “voice” to show their support. I also know there were black women who weren’t happy with the status quo so they challenged the system the best way they could, within the homes where they worked.

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