Thursday, September 10, 2009

BTT: Recent Informative

Today's BTT Question:
What's the most informative book you've read recently?

My answer:
Despite an unusually small number of nonfiction titles, I've still learned much from my reading this year. Good fiction can be informative, too!

The Help by Kathryn Stockett paints a vivid picture of the 1960's civil rights movement in Mississippi. Writer and budding civil rights activist, Skeeter Phelan, attempts to collect and publish the stories of several black maids. The novel is told in three voices (Skeeter and maids Aibileen and Minnie) and provides a stunning portrait of this era of unrest... from both sides of the issue. The Help will surely end up on my 'Best of' list this year!

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  1. I've read many terrific comments about this book recently, it would be extremely informative. I could devour social history books by the truck load!

  2. I've not heard of this book--sounds fascinating. Love your blog picture!

  3. I have read great reviews of this book and need to get to it!

  4. One of the few IRL people I know (that read) was reading this a few weeks ago. I had heard the title but didn't know what it was about. Now that I have, I think I will add it to my TBR.

  5. I have heard only positive about this book. I will have to look into it!

  6. Oh, dear. Another one for the List.

  7. Every time I see a post on this book, there's a glowing review attached. I need to read it :)

  8. Darlene - I think this is one of the best books published this year...and I LOVE social history, too.

    Tice Belmont - Thanks for stopping by. The Help was an excellent book!

    Gautami - Hope you get to read it soon!

    Nise' - I know you like audios and this worked really well with the three voices.

    busy91 - I don't think I've come across anyone that didn't like this book. Thanks for visiting.

    Christine - All the buzz is positive on this one...and rightly so!

    ds - LOL! I think this book really does belong on everyone's list.

    alitareads - There must be a reason for that ;-)

  9. I absolutely agree that fiction can be informative too. The Help sounds like a book I ought to read!

  10. Oh I loved this book! I agree it was really informative about the start of the civil rights movement.
    Nice choice!

  11. My book club just chose this for next month and I can't wait to read it!

  12. I've heard so much good stuff about this book that I'm now 100% sure I will be reading it at one point! And I agree -- you can learn tons from fiction books!

  13. I've heard so many good things about this book!

  14. So many great reviews on this book. I loved it and have to agree with you. Fiction or not it gives you great insight to the discrimination of those days. Great pick!

  15. Mine was also fiction.

    I've seen this book around and dismissed it as light comic stuff which is what the cover looks like to me.

    Now I'm going to have to give it a closer look. Sounds very good.

  16. Nymeth - I thought The Help was an excellent book. Hope you get to read it.

    Icedream - So glad to hear you loved it, too. I'm going to try and get my book club to read it as soon as the paperback is available.

    reviewsbylola - I hope you do a post about your group's reaction to the book.

    Jenners - I'll look forward to reading your thoughts on this one.

    Marie - Hope you get a chance to read it!

    Diane - You really can learn a lot from fiction!

    C.B. James - It is deeper than the cover suggests. I think it deserves a closer look.


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