Monday, December 13, 2010

Bagels and Books Next Read Winter 2011


Our next Bagels and Books pick is the award winner The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.  I read this a couple years ago when it first came out and enjoyed it.  Hope you will too. 
The discussion will take place on Thursday, February 24 during MP in the MP room. 
Here's the summary:  In his first book for young adults, bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author's own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by acclaimed artist Ellen Forney, that reflect the character's art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.

You can pick up a copy of the book from the IHHS Media Center the week we return from break.  

Friday, December 10, 2010

Little Bee by Chris Cleave

CoverHere's a new title that we just got in.  It's on my list to  read over Christmas.  It received great reviews.  
Here's the summary:  A violent incident on a Nigerian beach has tragic echoes in posh London in Cleave's beautifully staged if haphazardly plotted debut novel. British couple Andrew O'Rourke and his wife, Sarah, are on vacation when they come across two sisters, Little Bee and Nkiruka, on the run from the killers who have massacred everyone else in their village-in the pay, it turns out, of an oil company seeking the land. Soon the killers arrive and propose a not-quite-credible deal: they will trade the girls if Andrew and Sarah each cut off a finger. Andrew can't do it, but Sarah does, and the killers drag the girls away. So two years later, when Little Bee shows up at Sarah's house on the day of the funeral for Andrew, who has killed himself, it seems almost miraculous. Later, however, it's revealed that Little Bee has been hiding around the O'Rourke place, and that Andrew seeing her set off his suicide. Sarah nevertheless determines to help Little Bee get refugee status. Cleave has a sharp cinematic eye, but the plot is undermined by weak motivations and coincidences. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved From: Reed Elsevier Inc. Copyright Reed Business Information

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Bagels and Books Next Read

After all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, our next Bagels and Book Club pick will be: 

The Clockwork Three by Matthew Kirby.  

Publishers Weekly Review
In this riveting historical fantasy, which plays out in an unnamed American city in the mid-19th century, three children's lives intersect as they seek, individually and together, a treasure that could make their fondest dreams come true. For apprentice clockmaker and orphan Frederick, that means a promotion to journeyman and the identity of his mother. For Hannah, a struggling maid at an elegant hotel, it's a cure for her dying father and enough money to take care of her family. And for street musician Giuseppe, it means freedom from his oppressive master and a way back to his home in Italy. Toss into the mix an exquisite green violin, a headless clockwork man, a woman claiming to speak to the dead, a long-hidden secret room, and an assortment of unscrupulous enemies, and debut novelist Kirby has assembled all the ingredients for a rousing adventure, which he delivers with rich, transporting prose. Mixing fantasy and steampunk elements with subtle urban mythology, Kirby's immersive story can be read as a modern morality play or a satisfying stand-alone tale. 

I will have books available for you to check out in early January.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Your Next Read

Your Next Read is a neat little site that provides you with a web of book recommendations based on the authors and books you already like. Here's how it works; type in the title of a book you like or author you like and Your Next Read will provide you with a web of books that might also enjoy. Click on any of the books appearing the web to create another new web.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Hit the Road by Caroline D. Cooney

Brit has had her driver s license only 11 days when her parents drop her off to stay at her grandmother s house for two weeks while they go on vacation. Little do they know Brit is headed for a three-state road trip with Nannie to pick up her college roommates, Florence, Aurelia, and Daisy, and bring them to their alma mater for their 65th and most likely final reunion. A reluctant recruit at first, Brit is anxious as well as annoyed when she finds herself responsible for her fragile passengers. But things change as she sits behind the wheel up front and listens to the girls in the backseat laugh and reminisce about their 65 years of friendship. Inspired by their lifelong loyalty, Brit is willing to do whatever it takes to get the former college roommates to their reunion safely. From bestselling author Caroline B. Cooney, a heartwarming look at friendship, both young and old. From the Hardcover edition. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix

I just finished this quick read.  It may be suited for younger readers, but I enjoyed it's originality. 
CoverThirteen-year-old Jonah has always known that he was adopted, and he's never thought it was any big deal. Then he and a new friend, Chip, who's also adopted, begin receiving mysterious letters. The first one says, "You are one of the missing." The second one says, "Beware! They're coming back to get you." Jonah, Chip, and Jonah's sister, Katherine, are plunged into a mystery that involves the FBI, a vast smuggling operation, an airplane that appeared out of nowhere -- and people who seem to appear and disappear at will. The kids discover they are caught in a battle between two opposing forces that want very different things for Jonah and Chip's lives. Do Jonah and Chip have any choice in the matter? And what should they choose when both alternatives are horrifying? With Found, Margaret Peterson Haddix begins a new series that promises to be every bit as suspenseful as her Shadow Children series -- which has sold more than 4 1/2 million copies -- and proves her, once again, to be a master of the page-turner. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen

Something for our American history students to think about...

Loewen, whose interest lies in looking for "weapons of mass instruction" in American history textbooks, first shared his findings over ten years ago in the best-selling first edition of this book. Here he presents his updated assessments, starting with an introduction that "re-caps" and "pre-caps" what the book covers, and explains his concept of the failings of 12 American history textbooks. He finds, for example, that Woodrow Wilson is still given hero status although he was almost single-handedly responsible for forcing the removal of any one who was not a WASP from all levels of government. He also notes that we are spending more time on the War of 1812 than on our longest war: Vietnam. In an age of "truthiness" and "spin," a work that asks us to challenge students with actual and chronological history, and with images and comments from diverse viewpoints, leaving each student to come to his or her own conclusions, would seem to be of particular importance. Even if your library has the first edition, you must get this update. A fascinating work; highly recommended.-Suzanne Lay, Perry H.S. Lib., GA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. From: Reed Elsevier Inc. Copyright Reed Business Information

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley


Laced with metaphors about maps and treasure, Headley's (Girl Overboard) finely crafted novel traces a teen's uncharted quest to find beauty. Two things block Terra's happiness: a port-wine stain on her face and her verbally abusive father, a failed cartographer who views her as ugly and belittles the collages she creates. A car accident brings her together with Jacob, an Asian-born adoptee with unconventional ideas. Besides introducing her to new pursuits like geocaching, a treasure-hunting game using GPS, Jacob ends up traveling with her when they have an opportunity to visit China together with their mothers. The trip, far-reaching on many different levels, gives Terra a chance to rethink the past and re-map her goals. Taking readers to America's Northwest, then to China and back again, the author confidently addresses very large, slippery questions about the meaning of art, travel, love and of course beauty. All of her characters hold secrets; finding them out will be as rewarding as Terra's discoveries of caches. Ages 12-up. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved From: Reed Elsevier Inc.Copyright Reed Business Information

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SortFix - A new way to search

SortFix - A new way to search

Here's a really cool way to refine your search. You can grab (or remove) words from search baskets to refine your searches and create better results.  A dictionary basket is available to look up unknown words.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

10 X 10 Visual Links to World News

Here's a really cool tool-10x10.   Every hour, 10x10 collects the 100 words and pictures that matter most on a global scale, and presents them as a single image, taken to encapsulate that moment in time. I'm exploring a way to embed it on my website, until then, check out the link below:
10 X 10             

Friday, October 8, 2010

Defying the Diva by Anne D. Love

Here's a good read-l know you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but I love this one!

For Haley Patterson, freshman year of high school boils down to having a good time with her two best friends and making a name for herself at the school newspaper. But when Haley reveals one too many juicy details in her gossip column, superdiva and queen bee Camilla Quinn makes sure that Haley's life changes...for the worse. Completely ostracized by everyone at school, including her best friends, Haley finds herself alone and miserable.Reprieve comes in the form of a summer job at an exclusive mountain resort, where Haley forges new friend-ships, snags a cute lifeguard, and learns how to trust again. But her newfound hope is not bought without some heartbreak.As the summer draws to a close, an unexpected confrontation with Camilla forces Haley to face her fears. Will she continue to let Camilla control her life? Or will Haley find the confidence and courage to stand her ground?From the author ofPicture PerfectandSemipreciouscomes an honest, poignant novel about fear, friendship, and fighting back. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Great Web 2.0 Tools for Teachers!

Here's great info from Michael Zimmer a technology integration specialist in Hopkins County Schools in Western KY explaining some Web 2.0 tools that can enhance student engagement.

Check it out here:  A New Way to Lecture

Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris

I just finished this last night.  It's a great mystery set in present day Saudi Arabia, such a vastly different culture than ours!

Check it out!

A captivating page-turner that vividly evokes Saudi Arabiansociety and introduces an original new hero.When sixteen-year-old Nouf goes missing and is found drowned in the desert outside Jeddah, Nayir-a desert guide hired by her prominent family to search for her-feels compelled to find out what really happened. Gentle, hulking, conscientious Nayir soon finds himself delving into the interior life of a wealthy, protected teenage girl in one of the most rigidly segregated of Middle Eastern societies.To gainaccess to the world of women, Nayir realizes he will have to join forces with Katya Hijazi, a lab technician at the coroner's office and the fiancée of Nouf 's brother. In the course of working with Katya and uncovering the mysteries of the dead girl's mind, Nayir must confront his own desire for female companionship-and the limitations imposed by his beliefs."Finding Nouf" offers an unprecedented glimpse of daily life in Saudi Arabia in a lyrical, character-driven, and immensely satisfying mystery. Like Mma Romotswe in Alexander McCall Smith's best-selling series, Nayir al-Sharqi is a completely new kind of detective, who is sure to captivate both our hearts and our minds. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.

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Friday, September 10, 2010

Bagels and Book Club is Back!

Come join Mrs. Mendoza for a book discussion of I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak.

Wednesday November 3 during MP in the MP Room
Bagels provided!

How it Works:
  •  Check out a copy of I am the Messenger from the IHHS Library
  •  Read over the several weeks
  • Come to the MP Room for bagels and a book discussion on Wednesday, Nov. 3 during MP
I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

Meet Ed Kennedy underage cabdriver, pathetic cardplayer, and useless at romance. He lives in a shack with his coffee-addicted dog, the Doorman, and he s hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence, until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery. That s when the first Ace arrives. That s when Ed becomes the messenger. . . . Chosen to care, he makes his way through town helping and hurting (when necessary), until only one question remains: Who s behindEd s mission? Winner of the 2003 Children s Book Council Book of the Year Award in Australia, I Am the Messenger is a cryptic journey filled with laughter, fists, and love. From the Hardcover edition. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

"Wicked" and "Three Cups of Tea" Authors Coming to Cincinnati

Main Branch at Public Library of Cincinnati: 

The Creation of the Wicked Series with Gregory Maguire: Meet best-selling novelist Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, the basis for the Tony Award-winning Broadway and international hit musical Wicked. Maguire will discuss the creation of the popular Wicked series, read from his work, and sign copies of his books, which will be available for sale. Reading Garden Lounge, Tuesday September 21, 7:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Friends of the Public Library & the Nolan Fund
Cintas Center at Xavier University

1624 Herald Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45207 

A Cup of Tea with Greg Mortenson: Peace Through Education: Greg Mortenson iss the co-author of the bestselling Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace, One School at a Time. It recounts the journey that led Mortenson from a failed 1993 attempt to climb Pakistan's K2 to successfully establish schools in some of the most remote regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Join Mr. Mortenson as he shares his inspiring true story of how one man is changing the world - one school at a time.

For ticketing and event information, visit A limited number of tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Main Library, Madeira and Green Township Branch Libraries. There is a limit of 2 tickets per customer.
Wednesday 29, 7:00 p.m.
All ages

Saturday, August 28, 2010

My Google Bookshelf

Hi All,

I just started building my Google Bookshelf, and boy, am I having fun!!

Check it out by clicking HERE!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Remix Culture: Fair Use is Our Friend

Here's a good video from The Center for Social Media that sheds some light on fair use for copyrighted materials...

Fair Use Prezi

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Monday, May 24, 2010

A Good Summer Read...

Here's one that's on my ever increasing summer reading list:  That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo.  I really enjoyed Russo's Empire Falls for which he earned a Pulitzer.  I'm looking forward to reading his latest.

Library Journal Review:

Joy and Jack Griffin head to Cape Cod to attend a friend's wedding, where their daughter Laura announces her own engagement. Sensing the malaise in their 30-year marriage, the Griffins decide to reconnect by visiting the B & B where they once honeymooned. Their arrival in separate vehicles seems symbolic of the discord in their hearts and minds. Jack, still coming to terms with his father's death and bristling at his mother's constant criticism, feels restless in his career as a college professor,wondering whether he should have left a lucrative screenwriting gig in L.A. Joy, chafing at Jack's implicit displeasure with her sunny disposition and maddening family, longs for an empathetic listener. Russo lovingly explores the deceptive nature of memory as each exquisitely drawn character attempts to deconstruct the family myths that inform their relationships. Verdict The Griffins may not find magic on old Cape Cod, but readers will. Those who savored Russo's long, languid novels (e.g., Pulitzer winner Empire Falls) may be surprised by this one's rapid pace, but Russo's familiar compassion for the vicissitudes of the human condition shines through.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Web 3.0

Here I was thinking I was current with Web 2.0, now there's 3.0!
Check out this video:

Web 3.0: A Story of the Semantic Web by Kate Ray features interviews by researchers, entrepreneurs and innovators in a 14-minute documentary highlighting the evolving Web 3.0.

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Monday, May 10, 2010

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout.

Here's one I'm adding to my ever increasing summer reading list.  It's won this year's Pulitzer prize.

"At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town of Crosby, Maine, and in the world at large, but she doesn’t always recognize the changes in those around her: a lounge musician haunted by a past romance; a former student who has lost the will to live; Olive’s own adult child, who feels tyrannized by her irrational sensitivities; and her husband, Henry, who finds his loyalty to his marriage both a blessing and a curse.

As the townspeople grapple with their problems, mild and dire, Olive is brought to a deeper understanding of herself and her life – sometimes painfully, but always with ruthless honesty. Olive Kitteridge offers profound insights into the human condition – its conflicts, its tragedies and joys, and the endurance it requires."

Friday, April 23, 2010

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The American Muslim Teenager's Handbook by Dilara Hafiz

Here's a good read suggestion:

"Are all Muslims terrorists? Does Muslim culture clash with American culture? Can Muslim teens go to the prom? Casual, colloquial, joking, contemporary, and passionate, this interactive handbook by two Arizona teens and their mom talks about their faith, about what it is like to be both proud Americans and proud Muslims, and about misunderstandings and stereotypes. Originally self-published in 2007, this revised paperback edition has a new afterword, updated coverage of social issues, and new chapters on interfaith discussion and Muslim fundamentalism and extremism. The design, which encourages browsing, includes occasional photos and lots of colored screens with questions and answers, as well as survival tips for dealing with stereotypes in a post-9/11 world. There are also step-by-step guides on how to pray, how to read the Qur'an, and how to fast at Ramadan. Muslim and non-Muslim teens alike will be caught by the candor, the humor, and the call for interfaith dialogue and tolerance. Great for group discussion.--Rochman, Hazel Copyright 2009 Booklist From: Syndetics Solutions, Inc. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc."

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Wow-All the Tweets Ever Made Archived!

The Library of Congress plans to archive every single Tweet ever sent.
With over 50 million Tweets posted each day, we're talking in the billions!
Be careful of what you Tweet :)  Read article here

Friday, March 12, 2010

Gardens of Water : a Novel by Alan Drew

This is a beautiful, multifaceted story, one of my most favorite reads in a long time.  The author, Alan Drew, even taught high school in Cincinnati!

"This first novel explores the interactions between two families, one Muslim and the other Christian, in an Istanbul suburb during the earthquake that struck Turkey in 1999. Sinan Basioglu fears the influence of his Christian neighbors, Marcus and Sarah Roberts and their son Dylan, on his son Ismail and daughter Irem. He tries to minimize contact with them, but the earthquake binds the two families together. Ismail is buried in the rubble for hours and presumed dead. He survives miraculously when Sarah Roberts sacrifices her life to let him live. Now indebted to Marcus, the Basioglus are also homeless and forced to stay in the refugee camp he runs. Irem is increasingly drawn toward Dylan, Ismail to Christianity, and the novel quickly builds to its tragic conclusion. Drew occasionally descends into melodrama but in general has produced a fast-paced and well-written narrative, one that convincingly explores the tensions between Islam and Christianity and the seismic cultural shifts that can result from natural disasters. Recommended for larger academic and public libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 10/1/07.]--Douglas Southard, CRA International Lib., Boston Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information. From: Reed Elsevier Inc. Copyright Reed Business Information"

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Friday, February 26, 2010

The Towering World of Jimmy Choo by Lauren Goldstein Crowe

Can't imagine paying several hundred for a pair of shoes, but it's interesting how Yeardye created an empire-  I guess Sarah Jessica Parker helped him...

This book traces the history of the Jimmy Choo line of shoes, exploring how Tamara Yeardye transformed the brand into one of the world's most popular luxury shoe lines and describing the company's inner workings, struggles, and triumphs.

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Friday, February 19, 2010

Barbara Kingsolver's The Lacuna

Can't wait to start Kingsolver's new novel The Lacuna.  She's one of my favorite authors.  Here's the summary...

In her most accomplished novel, Barbara Kingsolver takes us on an epic journey from the Mexico City of artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo to the America of Pearl Harbor, FDR, and J. Edgar Hoover. The Lacuna is a poignant story of a man pulled between two nations as they invent their modern identities. Born in the United States, reared in a series of provisional households in Mexico-from a coastal island jungle to 1930s Mexico City-Harrison Shepherd finds precarious shelter but no sense of home on his thrilling odyssey. Life is whatever he learns from housekeepers who put him to work in the kitchen, errands he runs in the streets, and one fateful day, by mixing plaster for famed Mexican muralist Diego Rivera. He discovers a passion for Aztec history and meets the exotic, imperious artist Frida Kahlo, who will become his lifelong friend. When he goes to work for Lev Trotsky, an exiled political leader fighting for his life, Shepherd inadvertently casts his lot with art and revolution, newspaper headlines and howling gossip, and a risk of terrible violence. Meanwhile, to the north, the United States will soon be caught up in the internationalist goodwill of World War II. There in the land of his birth, Shepherd believes he might remake himself in America's hopeful image and claim a voice of his own. He finds support from an unlikely kindred soul, his stenographer, Mrs. Brown, who will be far more valuable to her employer than he could ever know. Through darkening years, political winds continue to toss him between north and south in a plot that turns many times on the unspeakable breach-the lacuna-between truth and public presumption. With deeply compelling characters, a vivid sense of place, and a clear grasp of how history and public opinion can shape a life, Barbara Kingsolver has created an unforgettable portrait of the artist-and of art itself. The Lacuna is a rich and daring work of literature, establishing its author as one of the most provocative and important of her time. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Here's my latest read-all from the point of view from a dog named Enzo.

I thought this would be fun for students to read so I chose it for my library's Bagels and Books Book Club! 

Publishers Weekly Review

If you've ever wondered what your dog is thinking, Stein's third novel offers an answer. Enzo is a lab terrier mix plucked from a farm outside Seattle to ride shotgun with race car driver Denny Swift as he pursues success on the track and off. Denny meets and marries Eve, has a daughter, Zoë, and risks his savings and his life to make it on the professional racing circuit. Enzo, frustrated by his inability to speak and his lack of opposable thumbs, watches Denny's old racing videos, coins koanlike aphorisms that apply to both driving and life, and hopes for the day when his life as a dog will be over and he can be reborn a man. When Denny hits an extended rough patch, Enzo remains his most steadfast if silent supporter. Enzo is a reliable companion and a likable enough narrator, though the string of Denny's bad luck stories strains believability. Much like Denny, however, Stein is able to salvage some dignity from the over-the-top drama. (May) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. From: Reed Elsevier Inc. Copyright Reed Business Information

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Reframing Google's Search Options

Evolution of Reading

Here's something interesting, our reading rate has tripled from 1980 to 2008, thanks to the Internet...

Check out the full study by Global Information Industry Center at the University of California. Study

Monday, January 11, 2010

The Art of Racing in the Rain : a Novel by Garth Stein

Here's a book that a lot of friends have recommended. I just started it last night and already I'm hooked!

"If you've ever wondered what your dog is thinking, Stein's third novel offers an answer. Enzo is a lab terrier mix plucked from a farm outside Seattle to ride shotgun with race car driver Denny Swift as he pursues success on the track and off. Denny meets and marries Eve, has a daughter, Zoë, and risks his savings and his life to make it on the professional racing circuit. Enzo, frustrated by his inability to speak and his lack of opposable thumbs, watches Denny's old racing videos, coins koanlike aphorisms that apply to both driving and life, and hopes for the day when his life as a dog will be over and he can be reborn a man. When Denny hits an extended rough patch, Enzo remains his most steadfast if silent supporter. Enzo is a reliable companion and a likable enough narrator, though the string of Denny's bad luck stories strains believability. Much like Denny, however, Stein is able to salvage some dignity from the over-the-top drama. (May) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. From: Reed Elsevier Inc. Copyright Reed Business Information"
Publishers Weekly Review

The Help

Here's a great read: Kathyrn Stockett's, The Help

I can see a great movie made from this...

"Set in Stockett's native Jackson, MS, in the early 1960s, this first novel adopts the complicated theme of blacks and whites living in a segregated South. A century after the Emancipation Proclamation, black maids raised white children and ran households but were paid poorly, often had to use separate toilets from the family, and watched the children they cared for commit bigotry. In Stockett's narrative, Miss Skeeter, a young white woman, is a naive, aspiring writer who wants to create a series of interviews with local black maids. Even if they're published anonymously, the risk is great; still, Aibileen and Minny agree to participate. Tension pervades the novel as its events are told by these three memorable women. Is this an easy book to read? No, but it is surely worth reading. It may even stir things up as readers in Jackson and beyond question their own discrimination and intolerance in the past and present. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 10/1/08.] Rebecca Kelm, Northern Kentucky Univ. Lib., Highland Heights Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. From: Reed Elsevier Inc. Copyright Reed Business Information"