Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Help The Help by Kathryn Stockett

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Hell of a book.
What did I learn...that ignorance is bliss? That even if one KNOWS that what they are doing is wrong, the ole' sentiment..."we've always done it this way..." can be used as an excuse? This book should be read in our high schools-in history class, in socialogy classes, in general education classes. This isn't dry facts and dates - this is real, documented stories about what was just happening 50 years ago and what is still an underlying current in many pockets of America. But will this shining work of 'historical fiction' even be considered when book boycotts are still happening in our local schools? Books like "The Color Purple" and "A Handmaiden's Tale" have been stripped from our IB programs for our high schoolers and deemed inappropriate. Is that the path that "The Help" will be made to follow-banned?

I will buy each of my children a hardback version and save it for their high school days.

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