What I’m Currently Reading

I just finished reading The Help by Kathryn Stockett. I was a little dubious about the book when I found out that a Caucasian woman was writing from the perspective of African-Americans during the early sixties. I enjoyed reading the book and it turned out to be a better book than what I was expecting it to be. 

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4 responses to “What I’m Currently Reading

  • michellejoycebond

    I absolutely loved The Help!! I actually started reading it in the bookstore, unsure of all they hype, and must have cleared a quarter of the book right there! The movie wasn’t too bad either. Stockett really did her research–the book is probably one of the best historical fiction novels I’ve read in the past five or so years. She apparently sequestered herself in a hotel so she could get away from her family to finish it–incredible!

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    • mypersonallthing

      She’s not the first author to do that – JK Rowling did that so she could finish writing the last Harry Potter book. It was pretty well-written. I wasn’t sure if it was going to be a version of ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ or not. it says at the end that Stockett’s family had an African-American maid when she was a child as well.

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  • Jill Teresa Farmer

    i found this book very upsetting and exploitative.. I hope no one takes this as an accurate portrayal of the time. It is pure fiction. Stockett was sued over this book by Ablene Cooper, the real “Aibileen” and the nanny of Stockett’s brother and daughter. She felt humiliated. The case was dismissed because of a technicality – the statute of limitations had run out. I am dismayed over its popularity.

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    • mypersonallthing

      That’s one of the reasons why I was feeling dubious about a white woman writing from the perspective of African-American people during the sixties. I never knew Ablene Cooper had sued her over the book. I have read a few reviews written by other African-Americans who weren’t happy with the book either.

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