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25 Jun

The Help

By Kathryn Stockett

Reviewed by Lulu Hamdan

We’re warning you – once you pick this novel up for a cozy read, you will not be able to put it down. I read it in two days flat. Taking place in Mississippi in the 1960s, a Southern society girl with big dreams of becoming a writer defies the cultural norm by writing a book based on secret interviews with black housekeepers during the Anti-Civil Rights movement. Novelist Kathryn Stockett alternates the chapters between different perspectives, ranging from the hilarious and outspoken Minny Jackson, to college graduate and aspiring writer Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan, and finally to well-mannered Aibileen Clark.

 The best part is, you can enjoy a bowl of popcorn and watch Tate Taylor’s adapted movie of the same name, which earned multiple awards on its own and features amazing portrayals by Emma Stone, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer – who won an award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as feisty Minny.

Sara Hamdan