May 9, 2011

New! The Help

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

About: Four peerless actors render an array of sharply defined black and white characters in the nascent years of the civil rights movement. They each handle a variety of Southern accents with aplomb and draw out the daily humiliation and pain the maids are subject to, as well as their abiding affection for their white charges. The actors handle the narration and dialogue so well that no character is ever stereotyped, the humor is always delightful, and the listener is led through the multilayered stories of maids and mistresses. The novel is a superb intertwining of personal and political history in Jackson, Miss., in the early 1960s, but this reading gives it a deeper and fuller power. (from
My sister and mom both read this book and enjoyed it a lot. They are very much wanting to see the movie when it comes out and dragging me along. So I need to quickly read this book before we all venture to the theaters.

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