No.1: The Help, by Kathryn Stockett

This book was recently turned into a movie. I haven’t watched yet. If it was anything like the book, though, it’s sure to be lively.
The Help revolves around three women who couldn’t be more different: Aibleen Clark, Minny Jackson, and Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan. If you told me that the page in the beginning of the book (the one that claims that any resemblance to real persons living or dead is purely coincidential) was fake, I would yell, “I knew it!” I am still convinced that the author knew each of the main characters (Aibleen, Minny, and Skeeter) personally and decided to write a book, changing nothing but their names.
Aibleen is a motherly woman in her sixties (extreme left in the above image) who loves the baby she takes care of. Except that baby belongs to someone else. That someone is her boss, Elizabeth Leefolt.
Skeeter (third from left), tall, plain, and bossed by her mother is best friends with  Elizabeth Leefolt and Hilly Holbrook (far right). Hilly Holbrook may not be the Mayor, but she certainly has the entire population of Jackson, Mississippi wound around her little finger.
Finally, Minny (second from left), whom everybody clamours to hire, because of her killer cooking skills. She’s saucy, blunt and surprisingly vulnerable. It is her honest, straightforward back-talking that provides the humour in the book.
When Hilly begins to promote her “Sanitation Initiative” (in other words, that the hired help shouldn’t use the same bathrooms as their employers), the scales fall from Skeeter’s eyes. She begins to see how unfair the world she lives in is. This is what makes her write a book, a book that could easily get her killed, about what it is like to be a maid in Jackson, Mississippi.
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