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The Help by Kathryn Stockett
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Jan 02, 10

Read in January, 2010

This was a book club selection. I am so glad to be introduced to it. It is predominately about the interaction between African American maids and the white families they worked for in a segregated south. It is a touching reminder that we are ultimately human. How must it feel like to take care of children for eight hours a day and not even be allowed to sit on the table as the child you are feeding or not to use the same bathroom. Although this setting of the book is 1960’s Mississippi, it also gives us hope that society is moving toward progress. I don’t think Aibileen, Minny or Miss. Sketeer would have ever thought that the highest office in the land would be held by a ‘colored’ man fifty years ago. On a personal note, we are all struggling against some form of injustice. We can sit and wait for society to change or be the harbinger of change itself. If you choose the latter, be prepared for the short term implications of it just as the my favorite character Aibileen did.
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