87 - The Help
Kathryn Stockett's popular debut novel, The Help, is worthy of it's reputation. Told from three unique and exquisitely drawn perspectives, Stockett creates a vivid picture of racial tensions in 1960s Jackson, Mississippi. Two black maids--Minny and Aibleen--and a young white debutante named Skeeter team up to incite change by writing an anonymous book about being a black maid in their city. The fear and hope they experience together make the book a significant beacon of light illuminating the truth that we are all human beings, and we really aren't that different after all.
~ Kristena Derrick