I have come up with quite the novel idea! Each Thursday during the month of March I will be doing a “Thursday Giveaway” of a Bestseller. To enter the contest please leave a comment on my blog. You must be a verified subscriber/follower to enter. Random.org will be used to select the winner on Thursday at 12 noon EST. The first winner will be selected on Thursday, March 11th, 2010.
For this week I shall start off with a big bang and giveaway The Help by Kathryn Stockett. This book has been number 1 on the bestseller list for 9 weeks I believe and according to Amazon.com it has stayed in the Top 100 for a whopping 373 days!
I resisted reading this book for such a long time….I’m not sure why now – believe it or not, I actually read it when a high-powered attorney friend told me it was one of the best books he had read last year. I thought if a man was telling me that when I thought it was a chick-flick book it must be really good…and, well, he was right. Probably one of the best books I’ve read in a while, well, except for Stieg Larsson’s books and you know how I love his writing!
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam
Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step.
Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.
Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.
Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody’s business, but she can’t mind her tongue, so she’s lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.
Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.
In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women—mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends—view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don’t. (from Product Description at Amazon.com)
Best of luck to you and until next time….