Remember, a few weeks ago, I made a Summer Reading List? Well. Things are going swimmingly (summer pun; you're welcome). I finished my first book on the list SO quick, I had to wait a week or so to start the next one / tell you about it - just so I could pace myself. Boy, if only all things in my life could go this well.
Let's review, shall we?
2. A Seperate Country, by Robert Hicks
3. The Carrie Diaries, by Candace Bushnell
4. The Shack, by William P. Young
5. Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen
6. If You Want to Write... by Brenda Ueland
7. Bossypants, by Tina Fey
8. Half Broke Horses, by Jeanette Walls
9. Mornings on Horseback, by David McCullough
10.Heaven is For Real, by Todd and Colton Burpo
First up on my list this summer was Kathryn Stockett's, "The Help." I heard about this book a while back on NPR's "All Things Considered" radio segment. (Side note. I LOVE NPR. If it's reccomended on NPR, it must be good. I am an NPR-aholic. There I said it. Let's move on.)
I jotted down the title on a scrap of paper in the car, and knew it had to be at the top of my reading list.
This is an amazing story of the deep south in the 60's, in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement... and really, far beyond that... it's a story of generations of southern women raising generations of southern women. Isnt that powerful? I had never considered this before.
For me, as a good southern girl, raised in the Bible Belt... the perspective the book provides is heartbreaking and wonderful, both at the same time. (The NY Times review can be found here.) A review from Entertainment Weekly described the book as "graceful and real." I couldn't find a better way to say it if I tried.
(In her notes, the author notes the name of another book, "Telling Memories Among Southern Women," which is a collection of oral histories dating Civil War to 1900, of black women serving as "domestics" in white households. It's saying something ya'll, when I dig through the "Notes" section of a book. I already ordered it, in case you might be wondering.)
**oh. AND. Special thank-yous to the people in my life that taught me READING was super-cool.... a couple of fabulous English teachers (Mrs. Lee and Ms. Shuster) and READING! ABOUT HISTORY! yes, that would be one super-amazing-whistler, Mrs. Julianne Earwood.