Book Buzz – The Help, Eat Pray Love

You know when you’ve become so busy, the thought of simply lying on the couch and reading for 30 minutes sounds like ECSTASY? I’m there. Here are two of my faves from the ones I’ve read so far this year. LOVED this one.

The first is The Help, by Kathryn Stockett. It’s one of the BEST books I’ve read in a while. Set in Mississippi in 1963, it shows how life was for white women and the black housemaids that waited on them hand and foot, with no respect. This book covers this life from the viewpoints of 3 different women. Two black housemaids, and one white woman who wants to help change everything. I loved this book from the first paragraph. Funny, heart-breaking, and endearing. I finished it in about 2 days. Then, I mailed my copy to my bff, and ordered copies for my mom and aunts online so that they could all read it and we could then discuss.

I know, I know. I’m sure I’m the last woman in the world to read Eat Pray Love, but I was working around to it. It’s about this woman, Liz (the author) and the fact that she’s just discovered she hates her life, doesn’t want to be in her marriage anymore, gets a divorce, but then she’s all alone and has no clue of what she wants as her world crashes down around her. She heads off, alone, to travel the world for a year and hopefully find the answers to all her life’s questions. (Seemed a bit high-maintenance for me, but I went with it anyway.) Loved it.
I’ve had a few groups of girlfriends go to see the movie since it’s been released, but I held out until I was actually able to finish the book first. There’s something about just leaving everything behind and venturing out on your own to see what you’re made of. It doesn’t always have to mean you’re going crazy and have lost control of your life but it can be an adventure. I didn’t move across the world or anything, but I moved, by myself, to San Diego… a week out of college, with all I could fit in my car and $800. I made it work. Lots of people have. I don’t regret it at all and hopefully neither does anybody else.
So find a good read this week/weekend and post up for a bit. Take a moment for yourself, even if it’s only 30 minutes. And then let me know if you’ve got any good suggestions for my next one!
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