“That’s the way prayer do. It’s like electricity, it keeps things going.”
—Aibileen Clark in The Help
The Library Book Club invites the Regent community to join us for our summer selection, The Help, Kathryn Stockett’s acclaimed novel about black maids working in white households in Jackson, Mississippi during the early 1960s.
The genesis of The Help was the author’s recollections of growing up in Jackson, Mississippi and being raised largely by her family’s maid, Demetrie. Although the book is over 400 pages long, it is a terrific story and a very fast read—the perfect summertime novel.
The Help is an historical novel, the action of which begins exactly 50 years ago; it is also a deeply humane, moving story. Put it in your beach bag and give it a start while sitting in the sand, and you won’t want to stop until you finish. The Library has three copies of the novel, and an excerpt, interview and helpful background information are available from the Stockett’s website.
We discuss The Help in the Library Conference Room on Friday, July 13 at 12:00.