The project begins. My 2011 New Year’s Resolution was to read one book a week and review it online. Sounds simple enough…

Each month I will have a theme. This month’s theme is

Books I should have read last year…

The Help

by Kathryn Stockett

It was recommended to me more than once. I really should have made time to read it last year…

Book Review in one sentence:

Kathryn Stockett brings a fresh and compelling perspective to the subject of race relations in Jackson, Mississippi during the civil rights movement.

My analysis:

Stockett’s novel feels biographical, and in fact author admits the story has very close ties to her upbringing. Throughout the journey the book sets us on, we hear the literary voices of three different women, all of whom are trapped by their situations. Kathryn brings the south to life through the eyes of these vivid characters from food, music, fashion and beyond. The world of The Help was so mesmerizing, I found it hard to break the spell, to get my mind out of the book after I put it down. I found it both heartwarming and chilling as the author contrasted the hope and despair of people who have no physical chains, but are held to slavery by the restraints of society.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a book that makes them think, and to anyone who loves to get lost in a really good story.

This one will be on Oprah’s Book Club list soon, I’m sure. It seems right up her alley.

Themes Explored in this Book:  Race, Equality, Justice, Love, Freedom, Family, Friendship, Religion,

If you like The Help, you might also like:

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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