Run: 5.7mi/I have no idea
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
When I told a friend recently that I was reading a book about racism in the South, he said "you really like those kinds of books, don't you?" and he went on to remind me of a book I read a while ago (Cloudsplitter) that had a similar theme. I guess I do. I don't know if it's because it's not something I've ever experienced, a place I've never lived, or the simple astonishment at people's ideas and attitudes. Or, absolutely loving when people challenge those ideas and do something important.
The Help is a novel, an interesting read, an easy read. I was actually expecting something a little... deeper, but the story was told well and I consistently wanted to read the book. I enjoyed Stockett's ability to hint at plot progression and yet save the complete information until later in the story. Even with the central plot being interesting, there were mysteries to solve, and I just really wanted to know what atrocious things were hidden inside these lives.
The Help has been a popular book. A friend lent it to me, and right before she lent it to me I found it atop Powell's Puddly Awards list. This is Stockett's first novel, and I look forward to what she'll write next.