The Help (take 2) and Book Clubs

I tend not to read books more than once.  Aside from Jane Eyre, the Little House on the Prairie books, and Plato’s Republic, I generally just read something once and move on.  Sometimes, however, I find I enjoy a book just as much or more the second time around.

Such was the case with The Help, which I first read in 2009 and named one of my favorite books of that year.  Last week one of the book clubs I’m in discussed the book, so re-read it.  I was struck again by how well the author differentiated the character’s voices and made them sound so authentic without being over the top.  I loved the nuances she created in the relationships between the white and black women, and how deftly she handled the complexities of navigating life in a time of social change.  I have to say I enjoyed the book just as much this time as I did a few years ago.

I also saw that they are making a movie based on the book, and I’m interested to see how that turns out.  I’m usually disappointed by movies based on books, but hopefully I’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Book Club News

If you’re in the central Indiana area and want to join a book club, it’s not too late to get in on one of the two I’m in.  The fiction book club is meeting next on Wednesday July 6 and we will be reading Still Alice.  The book club based out of my church is reading Same Kind of Different As Me (scroll down for review) and will meet on Wednesday June 29 (note date change from the last time I posted about it).  If you’d like more information about either one, feel free to email me or leave a comment.

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4 thoughts on “The Help (take 2) and Book Clubs

  1. I scrolled down for your review, but didn’t find it. I was especially interested since I enjoyed Same Kind of Different very much, which changed my perspective on the homeless. I also recommend the sequel, What Difference Do It Make?

    1. Right – if you click on the link “Same Kind of Different as Me” a post should open up in another window. If you scroll down on that post, you’ll see my review of Same Kind of Different as Me, below my review of The Help. Sorry for the confusion!

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