The Help Book Club

Somehow in the hustle and bustle of the holidays, I missed posting about our book club where we discussed The Help.  We unanimously loved the book, although I would have preferred a little less language (especially since my teenagers were also reading it).  All in all, I liked it almost as much as These is my Words and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society.  I give it 4 1/2 pies!

What surprised me the most was that both of my teenagers liked it too.  They read so much fantasy that I thought this book would be a little too real for them.  Although they were dissatisfied with the ending, most of the adults were okay with it.  We would all love to know the rest of the story.

Just like our previous book clubs with The Host and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, we questioned how we would act if we were in Jacksonville in the 60’s.  Would we be so intrenched in the way things were that we would judge people by the color of their skin? Or if we were on the other side, would we be brave enough to stand up for changes?  Would we be able to fight peacefully and respecting the other side?

I also thought Kathryn Stockett’s voice was very interesting in this book.  She made a comment about how people would react to her writing from the point of view of a black woman.  I think she did a great job.  In a literature class I read the story “A Party Down at the Square” by Ralph Ellison. He is a black man writing in the voice of a young white man feeling uncomfortable by the treatment of blacks in the south.  I am impressed with both authors ability to see the other side and have such great compassion for their point of view.  Interestingly enough, Mr. Ellison’s book The Invisible Man is referenced in The Help.

In the spirit of the book, I tried my hand at a caramel cake like Minny’s that I found on Pinterest.  I’m sure I didn’t come close, but it did taste good.  I didn’t realize the frosting was going to be more like caramel than frosting.  And I frosted the cake while the caramel was too warm, I guess.  The top layer started to slide off the cake almost immediately.  And the caramel frosting continued to slide off the cake for the next few hours, leaving most of it on the cake plate and in a puddle on the counter.  Again, it tasted good and didn’t go to waste, but it wasn’t pretty!  I took a picture trying to make it look as good as possible, but I should have taken one showing all the devastation!

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