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7/3/10 7:35 P

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After reading the write up, this does sound like an interesting book. As you said, it's not a particularly proud time in our history, but an important part of our history.

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7/3/10 10:33 A

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Here's a link to the reviews on Goodreads:

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I was a teen in the 60's living in the Upper Midwest, Naslund was a teen living in Birmingham. Although it's historical fiction, her life experiences are interwoven in the story.

This could be a difficult read for many of us, and that in itself is important. It's about an era in U.S. history I hope we never have to repeat.

Would anyone else be interested in this book for our next discussion?

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6/24/10 8:57 A

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I know I'm new and jumping in here, but I just read the amazon info and reviews about Four Spirits, and I'm really interested in reading that one. Just thought I'd put in my two cents! :)

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6/17/10 11:41 A

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I've seen the movie and have the book ... haven't read it yet.

I was curious about "Four Spirits". The author is well-known for her research. We've discussed her book "Abundance" about Marie Antoinette a couple of years ago.

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Secret Life of Bees is a good book for a discussion.



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6/17/10 12:46 A

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I did a little reader's advisory research and found several recommendations for books similar to "The Help":

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Berg, Elizabeth. We are all Welcome Here.
Browne, Jill Conner. The Sweet Potato Queen (series).
Hoffman, Beth. Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt. (2010 -- too new for us)
Jordan, Hillary. Mudbound.
Kidd, Sue Monk. Secret Live of Bees.
Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird.
Morrison, Toni. Sula.
Naslund, Sena Jeter. Four Spirits.
Nelson, Melany. Persia Cafe.
Nicholas, Denise. Freshwater Road.
Van Liere, Donna. The Angels of Morgan Hill. (Inspirational)
Walker, Alice. Color Purple.

Would any of these titles serve as a good substitute until "The Help" is more readily available?

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6/17/10 12:43 A

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Sorry. I did say when I suggested the book that I was "throwing this out for the future (and to get subscribed to this thread), because I don't think the book is readily available right now."

I'm a librarian too and almost never buy books for book club discussion (the exception would be for a discussion I'm going to lead, but even then, I'll have read a library copy first). I did buy "The Help" audiobook for my library's collection, and I am SO glad I did, because it is absolutely fabulous!

It was the book for my local book club's meeting last night, and we did have a good discussion. I listened to it twice before our meeting, but I do know it's currently only available in hardbound, and hard to get at libraries because it is so high on the bestsellers list.



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6/17/10 12:21 A

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I didn't realize "The Help" was a debut novel that had been rejected 60 times! I'm afraid we won't be able to discuss it for a while since the book is hard to come by unless we would all purchase it. I'm a librarian ... so it's not in my nature to encourage us to do that.

If you're anxious to discuss the book before we would, the "Bookworms" spark team is discussing "The Help" in August. Participants read the book during the month of July.

If you have trouble locating the team, you'll find the team icon on my sparkpage.

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6/10/10 10:55 P

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I just got "The Help," and I will hold off on reading it if it becomes one of the book discussions.

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6/10/10 7:38 A

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The Help. I have read it but would more than happy to read it again. It is my FAVORITE book.

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I would also like to read The Help. I have it but have not read it yet. I have heard it is great.

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6/8/10 2:38 P

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I agree with The Help. It was great.

I'd also suggest Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson.

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6/8/10 12:33 P

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Throwing this out for the future (and to get subscribed to this thread), because I don't think the book is readily available right now:

THE HELP by Kathryn Stockett is fabulous!



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How about The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks? I am reading and enjoying it right now. emoticon

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6/8/10 2:13 A

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The 'Daughters of Fortune" discussion is open-ended for now. I'm still readnig it and it's definitely a book you can't really discuss until you reach the end. And other than Riofriotex and myself, it's not clear if anyone else is making an investment in the book for our discussion.

So .....let's get a new discussion going. Feel free to suggest any genre. Keep in mind the book should be around 300-350 pages, available in multiple formats and likely available at most libraries, used book stores, or book swap sites.

We'll take suggestions for a couple of weeks and the top 5 most mentioned titles that are good candidates for a book discussion will move on to round 2 for voting.

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