The Help

My new Kindle has definitely awoken the book-lover inside of me. I loved reading when I was younger, but over the years I fell out of the habit of always having a book in rotation, unless I was on vacation. Blame it on the darn internet, always sucking me in and taking up all of my free time…

I’ve been wanting to read more lately, and a Kindle on my mom’s Amazon account (read: 20+ books that she bought for her own Kindle were already loaded for my reading pleasure!) has given me an awesome jump-start. On the plane to Chicago I started reading The Help by Kathryn Stockett, and I quickly got sucked in. I read during any spare moment I could find and I finished it within a week.

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This book was beautifully written and incredibly moving. I didn’t even read the description before I dove in, so I really didn’t know much about the story or what to expect ahead of time, and I think I enjoyed it more as a result (so I won’t give too much away!). Essentially, the setting is Mississippi in the early 60s, a time of turmoil and racial tension as the Civil Rights movement is gaining momentum. The book follows the lives of Aibileen and Minny, two black maids keeping the homes and raising the children of their white employers, as well as Skeeter, a well-off white woman who has just returned home after graduating from college. The three women have more in common than it may seem on the surface, and the story of what they accomplish with the help of one another had me anxiously awaiting each page (and in tears when no more pages remained).

If you haven’t yet read this book — you should! If you have — what did you think?


  1. I absolutely loved that book! One of my favorites this year. Another good read that had me so absorbed I missed my bus stop was Little Bee. Also about women and very moving.

  2. Read it and LOVED it! I really liked how it was written from multiple perspectives. The story was incredibly eye-opening and moving. About a week after I finished the book I visited the Lincoln memorial and listened to the daily broadcast of MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech. I actually got a bit choked up. I truly believe this is a book everyone should read.

  3. I particularly appreciated the author’s note at the end. Now that I’m living in the south, I found it very interesting to read more about the social climate.

  4. i LOVED this book! very eye-opening. it took me a while to get into, but by the time i was sucked in, there was no turning back.

    you know they’re making it into a movie starring emma stone? i’ll be curious to see how well they pull it off.

  5. I LOVED this book too — even the librarians were raving about it when I returned it.

    I think you’d like “The Blue Orchard” — it’s about a nurse in the 50s who works with an African-American doctor who performed abortions. And it’s set in Harrisburg. You’ll recognize some of the places the author describes. DM me on twitter if you want to talk more about it!

  6. Oh it is seriously good. I got the book from one of my co-workers who just raved about it–now I know why she did. It’s so interesting to hear about that time in history from an unexpected source. It makes it seem like the events aren’t fiction. I can’t wait to read the books that other bloggers have recommended.

  7. I’m really looking forward to reading this book on my Kindle soon. Question though – is it relatively easy to share books between you and your mom? Is there some sort of catch? I was reading online that the Kindle isn’t as good as the Nook for sharing books. I was planning on getting my mom a Kindle for Christmas and we were just going to swap Kindles to share books, but if there is an easier way I’d love to hear about it! Thanks!

  8. @Jen – you can only share books on Kindles if your Kindles are registered to the same Amazon account — I believe up to 6 Kindles can be on the same account. Not so convenient for sharing books with friends and acquaintances with whom you don’t feel comfortable sharing an account where credit card information is stored, but it’s a great solution for sharing with family, and there is no limit to how long you can share a book. (I believe Nooks only let you share a title for 30 days or something before it is removed from your friend’s Nook, though you can share with anyone.)

    I used this blog post to guide me in setting things up:

    It is slightly outdated but essentially all of the information is the same. I turned off Whispersync so if my mom and I are reading the same book at the same time, it doesn’t mix up our last page’s read on the other person’s Kindle. The books we each buy are stored in the same library, so we can access any books that the other person has downloaded on our single account.

    Perhaps I’ll write a blog post to go into a bit more detail, but the information I found in the link above helped me work everything out seamlessly!

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  10. At the suggestion of my librarian, I am listening to The Help. I downloaded the CDs onto my ipod and I am just in love with the story and the voices of the characters. The voices of Minny, Abileen and Skeeter bring it to life.

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