A month or so ago I finished a book I really enjoyed called The Help. The author is from Mississippi and she’s written a novel about life in Jackson, MS during the civil unrest of the 1960’s. A young white woman just out of college wants to become a writer and becomes interested in the plight of the black women who work for white families in the city. I thought the dialect was dead on, not fake as we sometimes read and hear. The characters were well developed and I sort of hated to see the story come to an end.
If you’d like to read this one (the few of you that read here!) leave me a comment and I’ll be glad to pass it along. If there’s more than one person interested then I’ll put your names in a hat and draw one at the end of the week, so leave me a comment by Thursday and we’ll see if there are any takers!

5 Responses to ““Help, I need somebody…””

  1. Lauren@Baseballsandbows Says:

    I would love to read this! I have been on the waiting list at the library forever!

  2. Claire Says:

    “Help, not just anybody. Help!” That was one of the three movies we had that would work with the Soviet system VCR when we were in Kyrgyzstan. “Help.” “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.” and “Mary Poppins.” An interesting selection. I saw someone reading this book at the gym…didn’t know it was a MS author. Sounds like a neat premise.

  3. annie Says:

    I have been looking for something to read… thought about my sister’s keeper but heard it is sad? Have you read it?
    I have liked all the other books you’ve recommended.

  4. Claire Says:

    I’m readying my sister’s keeper and it’s good…though I do know that the end is sad b/c I cheated and read the last few pages!

  5. Barb Says:

    You know, I saw a review of this book recently, probably in the Sunday paper (or maybe People Magazine). It sounds like a great book – I can’t wait to read it.

    I noticed a couple of your commenters mentioned My Sister’s Keeper. Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite authors and this book is wonderful, but I truly can’t imagine reading the ending before you get to it – the ending was a completely unexpected shock.

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