I agreed to lead a book discussion on the The Help because I'd intended to read the book anyway and I love a good book discussion. One chapter in, though, and I want to gouge my eyes out. You want it not to revel in tired, uncomplicated, misleading stereotypes. But how can it do anything else when it includes these unironic lines:
Fact, [Miss Leefolt] whole body be so full a sharp knobs and corners, it's no wonder she can't soothe that baby. Babies like fat. Like to bury they face up in your armpit and go to sleep. They like big fat legs too. That I know.And of course she knows because she's fat black woman who has raised 17 white children. Good lord, people, have we really not moved past this? Am I really reading a New York Times bestseller about a mammy?
To be fair, I've only read one chapter. Maybe it gets better.