The Help, by Kathryn Stocket

Best: Talks about how important black help was to white families. Worst: The black characters are somewhat stereotypical, and there is an unequal treatment of white and black characters—the black characters speak in a vernacular but apparently no southern white people had an accent in 1962!

Good for: I'm not sure—I enjoyed the story when I read it, but kept feeling a nagging thought: "Can a young white woman really know what black maids felt then?" It's a bestseller with a lot of hype, but according to amazon reviews, many people actually found this book offensive.


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