The Coker College Library will be sponsoring book discussions throughout the 2010 - 2011 academic year. The community is welcome to join us. Our first book is The Help by Kathryn Stockett. The discussion will be led by Dr. Jeanne F. Cook, Professor of Social Work and Chair of the Social Department. Please join us on Thursday September 30 at 11:00am in the library for our first discussion.
From Publishers Weekly... What perfect timing for this optimistic, uplifting debut novel ... set during the nascent civil rights movement in Jackson, Miss., where black women were trusted to raise white children but not to polish the household silver. Eugenia Skeeter Phelan is just home from college in 1962, and, anxious to become a writer, is advised to hone her chops by writing about what disturbs you. The budding social activist begins to collect the stories of the black women on whom the country club sets relies and mistrusts enlisting the help of Aibileen, a maid who's raised 17 children, and Aibileen's best friend Minny, who's found herself unemployed more than a few times after mouthing off to her white employers. The book Skeeter puts together based on their stories is scathing and shocking, bringing pride and hope to the black community, while giving Skeeter the courage to break down her personal boundaries and pursue her dreams. (February 2009)