Saturday, August 20, 2011

The Help

I know all I seem to talk about on here every other day is books.
I'm sorry.
I can't help myself.

I think this sign would be a perfectly cozy addition to my guest room/office that is beginning to define itself with books.

Since being sick lately,  I've checked out more redbox movies in one week than husband and I have watched all summer.
Movies have some serious ground to make up on books.
Half the movies I started, I turned off. 

A book whose mention here will not be new to anyone is The Help by Kathryn Stockett.
I opened the novel's first pages at a symphony concert and Jay Pritzker this summer, and I knew after the first page I was gonna love.
 The story made me laugh out loud and then feel deeply grieved, both within the space of a chapter, even a page.
The depiction of post-slavery employment for black women in Jackson, MS is, by Stockett's hand, intelligent, creative, and stirring.

I cried and laughed, in equal measure.
I do really want to see the movie, because the book was over too soon, and I heard the movie got good reviews.
Steph?  What say you?

See this blog post about the importance of reading fiction.


ilene @ muchloveilly said...

YES! i'm reading through it and in LOVE with this book! she is an amazing writer. (did you know she went to 60 publishers before getting published?! insane!) cannot wait to see the movie. i wish i was in chicago - i'd totally go with you.

Kyle Hamilton Tennant said...

I'm in! This is Steph ... not Kyle. :)