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The Help by Kathryn Stockett
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Sep 01, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: dysfunctional-childhoods-relationsh, cultural-novels, historical-novel

I resisted reading this book, as I felt I had read enough books relating to the civil rights era. However I heard so many recommendations that I finally decided to try it. It presented a new perspective, that of the black "help" to Southern white families and the complex relationships that resulted. I especially appreciated how the "help", considered by many whites as diseased and inferior, were often the ones to raise the children, the ones to nurture them, encouraging self acceptance and self confidence. It is an inspiring story of dis-empowered people having the courage to speak up against a oppressive system that had the power to literally destroy their lives. It made me wonder what race relations are like in the South today.
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