Have you read:
I wish I were an avid reader, but I am not. I often have a hard time finding books that capture my attention, but this one caught it and kept it for all 500 + pages. I was fascinated by the culture and the civil rights injustices of only 50 years ago. It seems we have come light years since then.
Publishers weekly synopsis:
"...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. "
It was refreshing to read a book that didn't need to be censored or feel like my heart was being torn out due to the horrific images words on a page can paint in my head. Although the book addressed many of the heartbreaking discriminations of the times, it was somehow kept rather light, beautiful, and poignant. I didn't want the book to end.
Now, as many of you know they are making it into a movie. I can hardly wait! Although the books are always better than the movie, based on this trailer, it looks Hollywood has done a good job of capturing the picture of the 60's country club housewives, their children, their neiborhoods and their "help."
If you haven't read the book, I highly recommend it!