One of my favorite things to do in the summer is shop sit by the pool and read a good book. I love a good book almost better than a good sale. Getting lost in words is such a great feeling (and a great excuse to ignore the kids. JK)
When I heard about Kathryn Stockett‘s debut novel, The Help, I knew it was for me.
It’s set in Jackson, Mississippi in 1962. It tells a heartfelt and funny tale about the relationships between black nannies raising white children during the Civil Rights Movement.
Don’t be fooled. The underlying issue is heavy, but the book is such a quick read filled with wit, humor, sarcasm, and jokes. I absolutely loved it!!!! I read it in 2.5 days and it’s one of those books you just hate to end. I fell in love with the characters. Being from the South, I could intstantly place people in my own childhood in many of the characters’ roles.
And of course, in true Hollywood fashion, the big screen adaptation of the this New York Times #1 best seller is in the works by DreamWorks Studios. Emma Stone, Bryce Dallas Howard (Ron Howard’s daughter), Viola Davis, Sissy Spacek, Octavia Spencer, and Cicely Tyson are all cast for the movie.
Call the girls now….there is a GNO in your future. The Help is hitting theaters August 12, 2011!!!!
I’m sure the movie will be great. But make sure you read the book before you grab the popcorn and twizzlers. Reading The Help is a great mental escape from being a mommy. It’s truly an amazing read.