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The Help by Kathryn Stockett
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Interesting
The Help was a Success

The entire club really liked this one, and pleasing all of us is difficult. We even stayed on topic for this one- forgoing our usual forays into make up and celebrity scandals. We loved the characters and felt their stories were fresh and compelling ( a difficult accomplishment when tackling a historic topic). In fact, we liked it so much, we felt that students should be required to read it.

Push: A Novel by Sapphire
 
Book Club Recommended
Graphic, Dramatic, Inspiring
Off Topic

I won't lie; it was a difficult novel to get through. As much as we admired Precious for trying to make something of herself, we hated a despised her parents. The group, all mothers, had a difficult time understanding how a mother could allow such a thing to happen. Yet, with the recent allegations of Mackenzie Phillips, we agreed that apparently it does happen. What made us keep picking up the book even though it was tough was knowing that Precious needed someone in her corner cheering her on.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
Probably not as immortal as Henrietta

The concept, and the truth, behind this book is truly interesting and important. In fact, the first half was riveting. However, it does begin to drag a bit. Henrietta's contribution to science, although she doesn't know it, has had profound impacts on modern medicine. Equally important is the book's portrayal of race as a huge contributing factor.

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