February begins with… The Help

So many things going on in the library this month that I’m beginning to feel a little overwhelmed!  Between Chinese New Year’s, Freedom to Read week, Equality week and Black History Month, my boards are beginning to feel quite crowded!  But despite how crazy this month is, the themes fit in quite well together.  By promoting diversity and equality I can also promote Freedom to Read week and Black History Month!  Go multi-tasking!  As would be fitting, all the books that I review this month will fit in with the theme : Protect Equality, Promote Diversity – Read outside your comfort zone.

What does that mean?  Read outside your comfort zone?? That is going to depend entirely upon you.  Some people read only fantasy, so choose to read sci-fi or “realistic” fiction.  This is fine.  However, I’m going to challenge you to read even farther outside your normal sphere of book choice.  Read a LGBT book.  Read a foreign written novel.  Read a book that pushes you to think past your prejudices and open your mind to new cultures.  Get out there!

To start off the month, we thought that The Help by Kathryn Stockett would be the perfect book to do a small write-up of!  Unfortunately, I haven’t read it yet (I’ve been busy reading YA and trying to find sweet books for the boys!) but Linda and many other staff at SGSS have given this book RAVE reviews.  I’m only on chapter 4, but I figured I should start off the month on the beginning of the month.  I’ll let you know later on this week what I’ve thought of it!  I’ll also have the finalized list of books that I will be reading this month up on Friday.

Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step…

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home from graduating from Ole Miss.  She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger.  Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child.  Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way.  She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi.  She can cook like nobody’s business, but she can’t mind her tongue, so she’s lost yet another job.  Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.

Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk.  And why?  Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times.  And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.

Doesn’t that sound amazing?!  I’m really excited to finish reading it.  After only four chapters, the only reason I stopped is because I started work.  And as a bonus, we have a small reading from The Help which a staff member has done for us.  Thanks so much!

And check out what Kathryn Stockett has to say about The Help HERE


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