Monday, May 24, 2010

The Help

I just finished reading The Help, by Kathryn Stockett. It was so good. It made me think, laugh, cry, and think some more. I wanted to share on of my favorite moments from the book.

The first time I was ever called ugly, I was thirteen. It was a rich friend of my brother Carlton's, over to shoot guns in the field.

"Why you crying, girl?" Constantine asked me in the kitchen. I told her what the boy had called me, tears streaming down my face.

"Well, is you?"

I blinked, paused my crying. "Is I what?"

"Now you look a here, Eugenia - Ugly live up on the inside. Ugly be a hurtful, mean person. Is you one a them peoples?"

"I don't know. I don't think so," I sobbed.

Constantine sat down next to me, at the kitchen table. I heard the cracking of her swollen joints. She pressed her thumb hard in the palm of my hand, something we both knew meant Listen. Listen to me.

"Ever morning, until you dead in the ground, you gone have to make this decision." Constantine was so close, I could see the blackness of her gums. "You gone have to ask yourself, Am I gone believe what them fools say about me today?"

The book is amazing. If you haven't read it already, do it. You won't regret it.

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SomeGirl said...

Oh no, not another book to add to my list! ;) But, after reading that snippet, how can I resist??!! Thanks for sharing this! And congratulations on your new sponsor... I've seen her stuff, it's GREAT! ♥ Michelle

~ValianEfforts~ said...

Great book, I love your blog its so neat and tidy and very well written, you seem very intelligent!

Lua said...

I’ve had The Help on my nightstand for more than 5 months now but I just couldn’t get around to reading it… I’m glad you enjoyed the book and that bit you shared was fantastic :)

EP said...

My mom is currently reading that book, and she said she has really enjoyed it so far. And reading this little excerpt here makes me want to check it out even more! Thanks for sharing!

BloggingWriter said...

Great book! I just finished it a week ago - I couldn't put it down. It's the first book I've read by that writer, so I'll be looking for others.

Leca said...

I loved this book! It was amazing. I really enjoyed the way it opened my eyes to a part of history that really wasn't that long ago. When I finished it I wanted all of my family to read it. It's currently on the family rotation. Great pick!