[NEW ARRIVALS] The Help (Hardcover)
AUTHOR: Kathryn Stockett
GENRE: Literature & Fiction
What perfect timing for this optimistic, uplifting debut novel set during the nascent civil rights movement in Jackson, Mississippi, where black women were trusted to raise white children but not to polish the household silver. Eugenia Skeeter Phelan is just home from college in 1962, and, anxious to become a writer, is advised to write about what disturbs her. The budding social activist begins to collect the stories of the black women on whom the country club set relies on yet mistrusts. She enlists the help of Aibileen, a maid who’s raised 17 children, and Aibileen’s best friend Minny, who’s found herself unemployed more than a few times after mouthing off to her white employers. The book Skeeter puts together based on their stories is scathing and shocking, bringing pride and hope to the black community.