I am minutes away from finishing a book my wonderful mother-in-law recommended. In many ways, I don’t want to finish it; it’s one of THOSE books – one with characters so alive that they crawl off the page and into my living room. Then again, I really want to find out how it all comes out.
“Oh, come on! What’s the book? “you ask, tapping your foot with impatience. It’s The Help, by Kathryn Stockett. About the Civil Rights movement in the 1960’s, the book is sometimes raw and sometimes luminous in the clarity with which it depicts an era I lived through as a small child.
Some folks would scoff, because this one, I’m enjoying on audio. Since I’m library media specialist for a small private school, please tell me when I get to read books just for me… I listen to my books when I clean the kitchen, when I’m working out by myself, when I am doing the grunt work which is all about sticking with it and getting the job done.
The audio scared me at first on this book, because it was being presented by multiple voices. Sometimes, that can be a terrible thing!! This time, however, it is a gift. Each voice is crystalline clear in its characterization; nothing talks down to the reader, nothing is overplayed. It’s simply – lovely. There. That is my thought for the day.
I checked mine out as an Overdrive book from the public library. Downloaded it and transferred it to my favorite mp3 player. Did you know you can do that? It’s easy, and, thanks to the library, free… what’s better than that?