"The Help"

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I've attached (and pasted below) a brief review of "The Help" and some information on a National Nanny Night Out event that will take place the weekend the movie opens. Thought it might spark some discussion and that the movie event might help nannies find a local peer group!

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The Help is set in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, and focuses on 3 women and the changes that take place in their lives when they collaborate on a secret project with explosive implications.

Aibileen and Minny are black maids, whose work cooking, cleaning, and raising the children of their white employers allows the lives of the women they work for to run smoothly. Aibileen is raising her 17th white child, and while she still accepts her place as an unappreciated gear in the cogs of her employer’s life, she is also growing bitter after years of coping with blatant and ignorant racism. Minny doesn’t suffer fools gladly, which means she has been fired from multiple jobs before she finds work with a young married woman who is an outsider among the young white socialites that make up the “in crowd”.

Skeeter is a new college graduate who stepped outside the proscribed roles for women of her age by not simply marrying and having children after high school. When she returns to Jackson, she discovers that the maid who raised her, Constantine, has disappeared. Skeeter’s search for meaningful work and her desire to find out what happened to Constantine combine with her growing discomfort concerning the way her white friends treat their maids and lead her to a life changing decision. She’s going to write a book about the help.

Skeeter tries to recruit the maids in Jackson to tell their stories about what life is like for them, and meets plenty of resistance. The story about how the black women of Jackson decide to take the risk and tell the truth, and how the relationships between Aibileen, Minny, Skeeter, and multiple other characters develop and change over time as the proposed book moves from dream to reality is an amazing, heart wrenching, and eye-opening tale.

The Help was published in 2009, and a movie based on the book is being released on August 12th of this year. Nanny Biz Reviews is coordinating a National Nanny Night Out event for opening weekend, to encourage nannies across the US to go see the movie with their local nanny peers and then enjoy dinner and discuss the movie. To find an event near you, or for help coordinating your own event, you can find more information here: Or, feel free to check Facebook for updates, by searching for “The Help: National Nannies Night Out”.

Have you read “The Help”? What did you think?


world's best nanny said...

I downloaded this book on my Nook 3 weeks ago and just about read it in one whole day! Awesome, awesome read!

Nanny Busha said...

One of my new favorite books and I'm on the second go-around! Since I am also a knitter (and avid reader) I can't do both at the same time (but I'm a NANNY, I should be able to!!! :) so I purchased and listened to it through iTunes. Have to say the voices chosen for the reading are phenomenal! I highly recommend this book to everyone! Will probably attend if one pops up in the SF Bay Area.

Nanny Butler said...

I would love to attend but there aren't any events near NC. :(

Just My Two Cents Just Now said...

I haven't read it yet, but am planning on buying the book at Target (yes...I am old school Guys!!) in a few. My close friend is in the middle of reading it now and she can't stop talking about how I have got to read it. I can't wait!!~

Kleigh said...

I read it. Let's just say if I was nannying back then... I would be in jail. I would never have been able to tolerate the parents. I have always respected others so I have no tolerance for those who don't.
Excellent read. Not sure about the film because I've always felt they can never do books justice.

MissMannah said...

I read it when it first came out and loved it! I am planning to see the movie and then I hope to read the book again so I can compare the two. I found myself rooting for Aibileen and Minny so much. There aren't any events around here and I don't think I can afford to go all the way out to Denver for a nanny night out but I'll definitely be doing a girl's night out with my friends for this movie. It really looks good!

Rochelle said...

I have read the book and it was one of the best "nanny" books I've ever read! So good. I can't wait for the National Nanny Night Out either! If your city is not on the list, contact Lora! That's what I did and now Baltimore will have their night out too. I'm looking forward to meeting other nannies!

Marypoppin'pills said...

Tonight on 20/20 check out excerpts from "The Help".