Swagbucks Book Club – Discussion of The Help

The HelpWelcome to the Swagbucks Book Club monthly discussion.  Today’s topic is The Help by Kathryn Stockett.  As usual we have just a bit of business to take care of before we begin.

Thank you for everyone’s input in our selection for next month.  The winner was The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins which narrowly beat out The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard.  Because both were so popular we will discuss The Hunger Games for August and The Scent of Rain and Lightning for September.  Hopefully this allows plenty of time for all those who want to read and participate.  Both of these selections are available for the Kindle in the Books & Magazines section of the Swag Store.  Or check out the TrialPay wall on the Special Offers page for several book clubs like the Doubleday Book Club which offers 5 books for 99 cents and the chance to earn 900 Swag Bucks.  And new this month on TrialPay is Simply Audio for those who prefer audio books (and the chance to earn 675 Swag Bucks at the same time).  So you have your choice – physical book, audio book, e-book.  Is there really any reason not to join us in the Swagbucks Book Club?

With that out of the way we can move on to the business at hand – The Help by Kathryn Stockett.  The Help is told by Miss Skeeter, a young white recent college graduate returning to her childhood home in Jackson, Mississippi; Aibileen, an older and sometimes wiser black maid raising her 17th white child. and Minny, Aibileen’s best friend and fellow maid with a mouth that always seems to get her in trouble. Miss Skeeter sets out to write a first-person account of what it is like to be a black maid in the South in 1964. With these three voices we learn first hand the various sides of the civil rights movement both as a whole and on a one-on-one personal level.Loree and Mandy, 1964

The Help raises many questions about times and the people that lived them.  In that regard I wanted to share with you a photo of a dear friend of mine, Mandy,and her housekeeper, Loree, from 1964 in Mobile, Alabama.  Seeing this brought home that these times and places are not so distant after all.


Join me in the comments as we discuss various themes and voices from this entertaining yet educational debut novel.


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