Thursday, August 18, 2011

In Pursuit of Pretty Things Book Club: The Help

Hi everyone! I'm super excited to announce our very first book club selection:


Thanks to everyone who voted! I'm so excited to read this book, and even more thrilled that I'll be able to "talk it over" with all of you afterwards! So, here are the details, if you want to participate: 
  • We will be reading The Help by Kathryn Stockett as our first selection.
  • Two weeks from today, on September 1, 2011, I will post a book club discussion page. I will pre-populate the comments (Disqus) with the discussion questions. Please use the "reply" button to answer the questions in the comments section accordingly. Feel free to reply to replies, if you have ideas or questions you'd like to add to a thread.
  • Feel free to add your own questions, if you have any that weren't already addressed (please note that I reserve the right to remove any duplicate questions).
  • If you're not a fast reader, no worries - I'll leave the comments for that book open, so you can add your thoughts when you're ready.
  • While we encourage a thoughtful and even vigorous exchange of ideas, please refrain from being unkind or impolite when expressing your views to other book club members. 
And that's pretty much it! Oh, and for some added fun, I created an In Pursuit of Pretty Things Book Club badge, for those of you who might want it for your blogs ***EDIT: Many apologies, but the badge that was posted here from early this morning to 10:22 AM PT was broken. If you added the badge to your blog, please replace that code with the new code below. Thanks!***:





Thanks for participating! I'm so looking forward to our first discussion!

16 comments:

  1. Hi gals,
    I just finished reading this wonderful book last week, but can I join in anyway? I enjoyed this read so much, and it's still resonating in my thoughts. I'm excited for this Pretty Things book club :)

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  2. carol_prettythingsAugust 18, 2011 at 5:23 AM

    Absolutely! We have quite a few people who are currently reading it or just recently read the book who've asked to participate in the discussion. We're happy to have all of you join in. =)

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  3. Oh goodie, I've already read the book, ADORED it and look forward to discussing it.

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  4. Definitely looking forward to the discussion! Thanks for putting this together!

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  5. Terrific, I just picked up this book and am about 20 pages in...can't wait to discuss! 

    Thanks, LIsa

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  6. Note that the Association of Black Women Historians have penned an open letter about the stereotypes in the film and novel version: http://www.abwh.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2:open-statement-the-help&catid=1:latest-news 

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  7. I've already read the book, but I would love to stop by and participate in the discussions. Enjoy!

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  8. Nice!  I'm already reading the book and super excited this is our first choice.  I can't wait to discuss!

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  9. yay!! Read it-loved it- can't wait to talk about it

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  10. i read this last month. loved it. cant wait to discuss! 

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  11. Oooh so exciting!  I just picked up the book last week and this has little announcement gave me the motivation to start reading today!  So great so far.  Can't wait to participate :)
     
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  12. I just finished this one a few weeks ago - it's a really awesome book - a great first choice!  I'm so happy to have people to discuss it with!  Yay!  :)  

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  13. Mindofmr Blgospot ComAugust 18, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    i just borrowed this from a friend- Yay! can't wait to start!

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  14. @Felicia: yes, there are some groups that are offended by the book's depiction of African American women. I can honestly say that both my Mother and a close family friend did "days work" as well as served as cooks and nannies over the years, primarily 1950's-1960's. I didn't really understand what it was, when I went with the family friend to the job with her. It's a sore spot for some in my community, but it was work, and fed families.

    I bought the book before it became wildly popular and started reading, but didn't finish. Not because I didn't like book, but because I fell off the reading bandwagon, but am anxious to get back through this club!

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  15. yeah! Can't wait to get started!

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  16. Great choice!  I just started reading it tonight.  :-)

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