Apr 282010

And the third book selection of the Hermit Crab Book Club is….

The Help, by Kathryn Stockett.

Monkees, look. You gotta read this book. It’s the best book I have ever read about what keeps women locked up and what sets us free. The Help is a REVOLUTION.

I can’t remember if it was Jesus or Dr. Phil who said “the heart rejoices when it hears the truth,” but my heart rejoiced the entire time I read The Help. The Help is the Truth. It will pick you up where you are and drop you off a little further down the road. Trust me on this one.

We’re going to discuss it in three weeks. Mid May. So please go get it. Pretty please. I think the more people who read The Help, the better for the world.

Love, G

P.S. If you’ve already read it and loved it, tell, tell! But not too much.

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  30 Responses to “Big News”

  1. I loved this book. But, living on the edge of the South, I found that some of my friends who are died in the wool Southerners brought some different insights to the discussion. Should be a lively book club!

  2. Read it. LOVED it!

  3. Ha! My city has a half dozen branch libraries, and 80+ copies of this book. All 80+ copies are either checked out or on reserve to be checked out. Continuing to look…

  4. SLM – Does that mean you have never read Harry Potter or the Twilight Series?

    I want to join that book club of yours.

  5. SLM you rebel! It's probably the same reason I haven't read Eat, Pray, Love.

  6. Have any of you read the White Masai? I just finished it. It was very choppy, as it was originally in German. I found it very disturbing, but a blog friend in Africa (I don't know what color she is)had gently recommended it after I read "Cry the Beloved Country." I'm still processing what I read.

    I would love to discuss it, but I'm not sure it's a "book club" book because it is a kind of memoir rather than fiction.

    Any way . . . I've not read The Help mostly because I'm so rebellious. Anything that "EVERYONE" says I "MUST" read goes to the bottom of my pile…I want to find the books that no one would read and discover hidden beauty! Someone at the gym just invited me to join a book club in which the two rules are a) no incest and b) no books Oprah recommends. I laughed out loud . . .

    Just rebellious. Sigh.

  7. Couldn't put it down! What a great book.

  8. This book is AWESOME, WONDERFUL, INSPIRING…a true page turner!

  9. SEE, it's been 2 weeks since I finished the book and already I'm forgetting. I'll never make it to May.

    Thanks Joey 😉

  10. Wasn't her name Minny? Not to change the name of future children b/c Milly is SUPER cute. :)

    Great book choice G! I'm sure your insights into all the characters and the writing will be profound and deep…a lot like when I said, "I loved when the big boobed blonde beat the crap outa that one dude."

  11. Jennifer hit the nail on the head. All three are my southern sweethearts from Georgia and Mississippi, two are African American and one is white. Admittedly, one of them doesn't like to read anything remotely touching race in America.

    Of course, I have to see, touch, taste, and feel anything on my own before I think one way or another about it. That habit has gotten me int trouble many times…

    I heard the author speak on NPR and was interested, which is why I brought it up to my southern belles in the first place.

    I think I'll reserve any of their specific thoughts for our discussion in May so that I can have my own peppered in there too and those of the rest of the monkees.

  12. LOVE, LOVE, LOVED it!

  13. Can I just note how great it is that people go to the library? I thought the library was the big green and beige one that says Barnes and Noble and requires you to PAY for the books :)

    Abbey B.

  14. Ok, well this book must be good because I went to hold it at the library. I would be number 176 on the list. I'm guessing I won't get it in time to discuss. :)

  15. Chimmy, I honestly think you would enjoy this book. I think you have to read it and decide for yourself.

    Of course being "white" and reading this book, I might have a different opinion. There were definitely times when I was pissed off and just couldn't even imagine living in those times. I can't imagine what it would be like being African American and reading it, so I think I can kind of understand why some wouldn't like it.

    This book definitely brings forth the black vs. white issues and it was hard at times, I won't lie. But I really think Chimmy, if anyone would have something poetic to say (good or bad) about this book it would be you.

  16. Chimmy, I am very interested to know why they didn't recommend it, as well.

  17. Chimmy,
    I am intensely curious about why your friends didn't like it. I have to know. So interesting.

    If you know, email me!

  18. Jennifer, you are so Milly. SO MILLY, really.

    I know, I wish we could talk about it now, too!

  19. I've been dying to read this book, but for completely different reasons. No one has recommended that I read it. Quite the opposite. My girlfriends suggested I don't read it. Dismissed it.

    Now this is only three women, but these are my girls and when a book so piques them… I've got to read it too.

    Jennifer, write your commentary down now and try to remember where you put it when we do have the HCBC discussion in May. Also, next baby??? You got big news too? 😉

  20. I SO badly want to talk about it right now. By May I will have totally forgotten everything I want to say because I probably will have read 3 more books by then and I'll be totally confused with my Characters.

    Let it be known now, my next childs name WILL be Milly :-)

  21. I just placed a hold for the book at the library. I really look forward to reading it!

  22. I just read an interview with Kathryn Stockett, in which she said that The Help manuscript was rejected 25 times before she found an agent who would take a chance on her.

    Note to self: Never, never, never give up.

  23. BEST book EVER! I heart Milly :-)

    So funny, my BFF just recommended The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Reading that one now.

  24. Just received it in the mail yesterday and it is definitely a page-turner!!

  25. Highly recommend the Guernsey nLiterary and Potato Peel Pie Society!!
    Quick and great read for busy moms!

  26. Yes, Krystal I absolutely loved that book, too. My mama suggested that one, and The Help to me.

  27. yay! I recommended this book back when you first asked for suggestions for book club. I still love it more than any other book.
    I can't wait to love allover it during HCBC.

    Hey also consider reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society if you're looking for something lovely to read. It's beautiful.

  28. I read it with my book group several months ago. We had a great discussion. I'm sure the discussion here will be thoughtful and thought-provoking.

  29. My book group just met to discuss this book…I think it's my favorite read this year! I'm from the midwest and this book was a HUGE eye opener! Thanks for picking this one:) Jami

  30. Yes, this is probably my favorite book of all time. It really is amazing.

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