Every New Years I always make two resolutions.  One is to eat more vegetables and the other is to read more books.  Unfortunately every year I never follow up as much as I should.  I eat more vegetables for about 2 months before I go back to my terrible eating habits and I start reading books less and less.  I seem to always get distracted by Facebook or claim I am too busy with homework to read a book etc.  I particularly loved this week’s blog topic because it gave the opportunity to be able to read a book again.  I decided to start reading the book The Help.  Not only did its actors receive academy awards, it is also a #1 New York Times Best Seller.  Furthermore, I’ve heard from my friends that it’s great!

I haven’t made it too far into the book but The Help is immediately captivating from the first page.  With each page you become more and more engaged with the characters and often find ways to identify with them.  For those of you that haven’t read the book, the first character we are introduced to is Aibileen who is a black maid in Mississippi working for Miss. Leefolt.  Miss. Leefolt is careless mother that is more concerned about her appearances than her baby daughter.  We are briefly introduced to a young lady by the name of Miss. Skeeter that seems to be one of the few people white people that will stand for what is right in this article.  Miss. Skeeter is one of the fe people that actually interacts and ask personal questions about the help.

I find Miss. Skeeter to be the most intriguing character in this book.  It is difficult thing to go against the general consensus and to do what’s right.  I think she is an inspiring character.  While The Help hardly relates to our BGS class, I got a little laugh at the idea of placing Miss. Skeeter in the business world.  What if she had been the CFO of Enron?

I look forward to reading the rest of this book and thus far I highly recommend it!

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  1. brookeparker16 says:

    I loved the Help. I think I read it in about three days. It was a perfect summer read that I could not put down. I guess away you could relate it to BGS is just the accepted business practices back then. This was a time when black people could not even go into many establishments and that was largely not questioned. However many people’s views on ethics and morals changed and segregation was banned. I wonder if there is some huge ethical or moral change coming for our generation that we haven’t even conceived yet.

  2. Hannah says:

    Like Brooke, I also read it in a couple of days over the summer (I’ll admit though I only picked it up because I heard the movie was coming out, and I wanted to read the book before I saw the movie..as I do with most books I read), but I loved how it really delved into the characters and the circumstances that surrounded these maids during the 1960s. I forget that it is not actually a real story because the stores seem so real and believable, and you actually feel like you know the characters that Kathryn Stockett is writing about. Not only does she shed light on what life was like for an African American maid in the South during the height of racial discrimination, but she shows the daily dangers and risks that these women faced, and creates a character (Skeeter) that represents change and resistance even though she was not obligated to. Leading back to class, by writing about these women to ultimately give them a voice, she embodies Donaldson’s rights about trying to protect those who are deprived of their basic rights.

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