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The last good book I've read recently is The Help, by Kathryn Stockett. It was recommended to me by a mom at Chinese class. The film, based on the movie, is set to begin shooting this summer and planned to be released by DreamWorks in 2011.
The Help is a story about three different women living in the South in the 1960's. Aibileen is a black housekeeper, warm-hearted and caring, and still grieving from the loss of her grown son to tragic accident. Minny is another black housekeeper, the sassiest and best cook around, who often gets fired for saying too much. Skeeter is a young white woman, who sees the inequities in the world in which they live and wants to do something about it.
Skeeter is determined to write a book telling the tales of the black housekeepers who work for the white Southern women of Jackson, Mississippi. This is a risky project for the housekeepers and for Skeeter herself. Can she convince any of the housekeepers to share their stories with her? And if she succeeds, what will be the response from her friends and the community in which they live?
Overall, this book was eye-opening and engrossing. I would recommend it to anyone.
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