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Southwest Book Club Meets November 15


Join the Southwest Book Club this month to discuss the NYT's bestseller book The Help by Kathryn Stockett. A spirited debut novel that explores the Civil Rights movement through the relationships among a young white woman and two African-American maids in 1960's Mississippi. Recently, released as a movie.

Anyone age 18 or older is welcome to attend. The book club meets monthly at the Southwest Branch Library.

For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info.

Discussion Questions
If you are unable to attend the meeting or you would like to join our discussion, you can share your thoughts or respond to the discussion questions below. Simply click "Comments" located at the bottom of this post. Join the discussion!

1. Who was your favorite character? Why?

2. How much of a person's character would you say is shaped by the times in which they live?

3. Do you think that had Aibileen stayed working for Miss Elizabeth, that Mae Mobley would have grown up to be racist like her mother? Do you think racism is inherent, or taught?

4. Do you think there are still vestiges of racism in relationships where people of color work for people who are white? Have you heard stories of parents who put away their valuable jewelry before their nanny comes? Paradoxically, they trust the person to look after their child but not their diamond rings?

5. What did you think about Minny's pie for Miss Hilly? Would you have gone as far as Minny did for revenge?

Discussion questions obtained at http://www.kathrynstockett.com/stockett-reading-groups.htm

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