Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Help yourself

I tend to avoid mega-bestsellers, the books that everyone is talking about. It takes away from the fun of discovering that secret gem of a book. But lawdy, lawdy, I’m glad I took The Help to the beach. It’s the perfect beach read.

It’s got just enough depth to make it worth your while, but mostly it’s just plain enjoyable. The novel takes place in the homes of the young aristocracy of Jackson, MS during the Civil Rights era of the 1950s. When one of their own reveals the sometimes tender, sometimes vile relationship between Jackson Junior Leaguers and their black help, hilarity ensues.

Pick it up. Just don’t plan on doing anything else till you finish it. You won’t want to put it down.

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