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I’ve mentioned how picky I am with what I read.

I’ve mentioned how I often lean towards cookbooks, health books, mysteries, and girly books (I think they call it “Chick Lit.”).

The Help falls into none of the aforementioned categories.

However,  it was an intriguing book that I really enjoyed reading.

The premise:  Set in the 1960’s in Jackson, Mississippi, this novel depicts the lives of the African American maids as they work for white families in Jackson.  The book emphasizes the deep rooted bonds the “help” would form with the children they raised, and how upon reaching adulthood, they took on the mind-set of their parents anyway.

Throughout the novel, historical events are woven in naturally get a sense of the time period being described. Eventually, Skeeter, a white woman who formed a memorable bond with her “colored” help while growing up, decides to venture on a book-writing journey to publish the true stories of the lives of colored people as they work for their white families.  Writing the book requires both races to work in unison and  form trusting relationships to produce a well-written, true account of the lives and struggles of “the help.”  What will happen when the book is published?!?!

I was a little surprised by how enthralled I was with the book.  Was it because it was the first book I read on my new Nook?

NO! 

It was well done, it touching, and it really provided me with something to think about.

Now, do I feel a movie on this particular  book would be a wise choice?  Not sure.  Books tend to be much better than movies.  Depending on how the reviews are on Rotten Tomatoes, I’ll decide whether I’ll pay the hefty ticket prices to go watch it at the movies, or wait until it’s released on Blu-Ray.

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