The Help is a story base in fact and takes place in the 60s in Mississippi. A writer gets an assignment to write some stories told from the point of the help, the black maids who help raise the white children but are not allowed the same privileges, such as using the bathrooms in the homes, as the people living in the houses. Eventually she puts the stories together in the form of a book that becomes the center of attention and debate in the south. I like the poignancy of the book, I was born in the early 60s and its still hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that this has only changed in my lifetime. I am so glad we have come so far, but it took so long. This book is a must read for me and I think it would be an eye opener for some of the younger folks who don't know how hard life was and how much things have changed. The book is also a look at enjoying life, no matter what your circumstance and it is sprinkled with humor and love. I hope everyone gets a chance to read it before they see the movie version. I was able to find the book in paper back for the lowest price at The Book Depository for $8.49 with no shipping fees, you can download the Kindle printed version of the book for $9.99 from Amazon, or you can download the unabridged audio version from Audible.com for $26.60 and they will give you two free movie tickets from Fandango so you can see the move on them.
Hope you are all having a great weekend.