I read these books this summer, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot and The Help by Kathryn Stockett and recommend them both.
Skloot was a bit dry in a couple spots but her tenaciousness and sense of humor in dealing with the struggles she encountered and overcame while researching the book added to the realism of the story. Some of the facts regarding the treatment of Henrietta, her family and her race saddened me but most amazing stories have a harsh side somewhere or they wouldn't be as compelling.
Stockett's writing pulled me in 100%, I wanted to be Skeeter's friend and punch her so called "friends" in the stomach !! I'm not really violent, the post office bomb threat was a joke, honest!:) Parts of Skeeter's story hit too close to home, childhood trauma, that still hurts today.....crazy huh?? If you read either one let me know what you think, if anyone else has read them, would love to hear your opinion.
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