Archive for October 18th, 2011

Get Help

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

I don’t believe I’ve ever recommended a book in this blog – even my own.  Although every week I take out about 3 or 4 books from the library  (for everyone under 30, that’s a big building where they store books), I rarely read fiction.  “The Help” is an exception.

“The Help” is set in the 1960s in Jackson, Mississippi during the early years of the civil rights movement.  The story is told from the perspective of three women: Aibileen, Minny, and Skeeter. Aibileen is a Black maid who just tries to keep her head down. Minny is Aibileen’s confrontational friend who tells her white employers what she thinks about them – and is fired often.

“Skeeter” Phelan is the daughter of a rich white family who’s just finished college and wants to become a writer. Her mother just wants her to get married.  Skeeter comes up with the idea of writing about race relations from the perspective of “the help”.  It’s a great idea – but how do you get the maids to talk when they’re afraid of being lynched?

“The Help” isn’t filled with stereotypes.  All the white people aren’t bad and all the black people aren’t good.  But all the reading is fine.

That’s the end of my book report.

Give The Friggin’ People What They Want…

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

“Give me your tired, and poor….strippers”