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I have always gravitated toward books set in the sixties, specifically those having to do with the Civil Rights Movement, perhaps because I was at such an impressionable age during that time. Regardless, I've recently added another to my list of favorites, The Help, a debut novel by Kathryn Stockett. Set in Jackson, Mississippi in 1962, the story is told in alternating chapters by two African American maids and the young white woman who has decided to write a book that anonymously chronicles their lives along with those of several other black maids in the city at that time. Central to their story, for instance, is the irony of being entrusted to care for the children of their employers while at the same time being relegated to use a separate bathroom for fear of diseases thought to be carried by black people. Strong characters, regrettably accurate accounts of race relations in the South at that time, and good pacing made this an especially captivating and fast read. I look forward to more by this author.