I broke my own rule of reading only romance novels, for whatever reason, I still do not know.
Anyhoo, picked up a copy of Kathryn Stockett’s “The Help” on my kindle and two days after reading, I’m breathing and thinking of every character in that book. It was the best $12.99 I’ve ever spent on any novel…every cent was worth it as I read the pages of a book that I had to stay up the whole night reading. Never mind that I had piles of chores to do the next day – take kids to school, grocery shopping, clean house, write, laundry etcetera. The Help is one book that I know I will never ever forget.
Now, there are some books that you read for pleasure, but there are some that go beyond pleasure and completely change your world view and broaden your perspective. The Help was one of such books. Ms. Stockett took me to a place where every emotion came bubbling out in full force- I laughed, cried, smiled, cursed, prayed, hollered, cheered, clapped. Every imaginable passion, I displayed, as I read about Jackson, Mississippi 1962 -1964, becoming caught up with the lives of fictional characters such as Aibileen, Minny, Mae Mobley, Celia Foote, Hilly etcetera. I was so wrapped up in every page; it’s amazing that I’m still sane after reading.
I am yet to watch the movie, which recently came out last month. But from what I’ve heard from some of my Nursing colleagues at work who went to the movies last weekend, the movie stayed true to the book. Curious to link the faces of the actors/actresses to the book’s characters, I went online to IMDb, and was surprised to find out that one of the cast members is actually of Nigerian descent. His name is David Oyelowo, whom I’ve never heard of until now. Whenever I hear of Nigerians doing great things, I get very excited, and to see a Nigerian in the cast of The Help makes me even more thrilled. Now that I’ve known about him, I’m going to be following his career…He’s got a big fan in Ms. Lara Daniels – African Romance suspense author 🙂