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"Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, champagne in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out & screaming “WOO HOO what a ride!”
Well, I think "The Help" was overdone. I grew up outside Atlanta during that period and everyone had African American maids. I dont' recall anyone telling Georgia Mae, Juanita or Rosa Lee not to use our bathroom! In fact, the maid ruled us children with an iron hand while my Mom was at work. Rosa Lee was with my Mom after I left for college, for over 35 years. They became more friends than employer/employee. I recall them sitting talking on the back porch drinking coffee. Mom said she couldn't function without her help (light housecleaning, Mom was pretty disabled). She paid all the ladies Social Security taxes and I still write and sent a little money to Rosa Lee five years after Mom died, in 2006. The book was just way too simplistic and over drawn, these issues were more complex and touched a deeper nerve. Of course things may have been different when I was little and Georgia Mae and Juanita worked for us. I suspect they said and thought a lot that wasnt' spoken, it was before Civil Rights after all. Personally, for Southern gothic you can't beat the great Flannery O'Conner, title alone of one collection "A Good Man Is Hard to Find." And for just plain southern color you should read "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe." (Mom loved fried green tomatoes Rick Bragg has written the most powerful contemporary southern writing I know in his biographies of his Mom and his Dad, "All Over But the Shoutin'" and "Ada's Man" He's a humorist and you both laugh and cry at these true stories. This is a real portrait of the hardscrabble South, and more convincing than "fiction lite."
Well, it definitely isn't summer, but steaming into another Olympics, this is a must read for any Olympic fan.
The Lords of the Rings - all about how the IOC came to be, and corruption thereof, was not available anywhere in the U.S. for some years. It is back on Amazon (You can download it for a whopping $3.10) in addition to what is being termed as an all new book by the same title (huh?).
I've only downloaded one so far, and I haven't read the preview for the second, so not sure if it is an entirely new book with new info as they are intimating, or just an updated version of the old one.
My point being, get your copy and read it before it goes the way of the dodo again. Also note that Amazon has a penchant for making controversial books you've PURCHASED disappear, the premise being that as far as they're concerned, you're just paying to RENT the book. In digital form, you didn't actually buy it. So download, read...and TAKE NOTES!