Hi all! So as you’ve seen previously, I’m hosting my own little feature Friday which I’m calling Beautiful Book Friday! All I’m doing is picking a book that has a beautiful cover or has amazing content that I want to share with everyone!
This weeks feature is:
Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from college. But the year is 1962 and no one thinks highly of a woman with a degree, only of a woman with a ring on her finger. Aibileen is a black maid in a white household. She’s raising the family’s children after the loss of her own son which causes her to feel something special for the little girl who is so neglected by her mother. Minny is the best cook in town but she’s lost another job because she smart mouths at her white bosses. When a new couple moves to town she manages to get a job working for the kind, yet a little eccentric, woman of the house. Together these three women embark on a journey together that could risk everything for them.
Content or cover?
Both. 100% content and this cover is just so beautiful.
It’s been a while since I read this book but when I did I was absolutely enthralled by it. This book gives you insight into what it was like to be a woman living in the 1960s. You have Skeeter, a young white woman who just got her college degree. That was a huge fete for women then and no one cared. All they knew was that she was 22 and unmarried and that made her odd. It didn’t matter that she wanted a career of her own and a life of her own, the only thing everyone else wanted for her was a husband. Aibileen and Minny are black women working in the homes of two white women. This was the peek of discrimination in the south and these women experiences were entirely different. Aibileen was good, hard working woman who did everything she was asked and yet she was still treated poorly by her employers. They were people who truly believed that blacks were beneath them. Minny went to work for a couple who never really had enough money for a maid but the woman of the house was desperate for help. Minny was a smart mouth but her employer was kind and as generous as she could be which was something Minny wasn’t used to.
These were all incredibly strong women living in a time where society thought they were worthless and oddities. They came together to fight against the norms and do something to show people what being a black woman in the south was all about. That having money didn’t make you superior and that having Help around the house tended to make people cruel and distant.
An absolutely phenomenal book.
Recommendation: READ THIS BOOK!