Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Headlines About The Help

The movie version of Kathryn Stockett's book The Help, our second book club selection, was at the top of the box office this weekend, yet again! Alisha & her family came to visit & our sweetie husbands watched the babies for us so that we could see it at last. Kathryn Stockett herself has been in the news a bit lately, and the movie itself has created some controversy.

Although we aren't quite ready to move on from our hiatus, there's a lot in the news regarding the book and I thought it might be a great opportunity to get a little discussion going for those who might not be really wanting a hiatus!

SO...first...did you see the movie version of The Help? What did you think? How would you compare the book and the movie--did you get the same feelings as when you were reading? What were your favorite and not so favorite parts? Are you glad you read the book first or would you have rather been inspired to read the book after first seeing the movie? Do you think they were faithful enough or not enough? How did you feel about the actresses portraying the characters?

Also, I read on one of my gossip sites (yes, I read celebrity gossip when not enriching my mind with literature!) not too long ago that the Association of Black Women Historians were not fans of the book or movie (via Celebitchy). The women in the movie defend their participation and the perspectives in the book...who do you agree with? Can you see both sides of the arguement? If you are not an African American woman, is it possible to form an opinion on the issue?

Last, Kathryn Stockett is being accused of stealing the life story of her brother's family's housekeeper/nanny, Abileen Cooper, to create the character of Aibileen. Cooper sued Stockett but the lawsuit was thrown out due to the statute of limitations. Since we've read the book and reading this article via The Washington Post, do you think Abileen Cooper has a legitimate reason to be upset or do you think the lawsuit had no merit anyway? If you do believe Stockett unfairly stole details from Cooper's life without permission or compensation, does it change the way you feel about the book, movie, and the success of both? Does anything need to be made right, and if you do, what would be fair?

Hopefully this can incite enough discussion to tide everyone over until the hiatus is over! We'd love to hear your thoughts on these issues! Don't be shy!

Monday, August 22, 2011


You may have noticed, we haven't been posting much lately. In spite of Bossypants being an excellent book, participation was nearly non-existent (thanks though, sbaney!) and we have both had a lot going on lately. I'm STILL not unpacked (just passed the two week mark of moving into our new house), have an into-everything nearly 18 month old and another on the way, and Alisha has a full time job, is a full time mom, and is an excellent  and in demand photographer (, by the way!).

Due to all of the above, we're going to take a break for an undetermined amount of time. Hopefully when we do get back there will be more enthusiasm for participation. It's not as fun without the actual discussion of the books!

In the meantime, please do consider reading the next selection, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky so we are all ready to pick things up when the hiatus has come to a close. I did manage to read it at night snuggled next to my boys when I just couldn't look at another box and I had a hard time putting it down. 

Our e-mails are still available ( or in case you want to suggest some books or have any comments/questions in the meantime.

Hope to see y'all again soon! Happy reading!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Week 4 -- Bossypants

We are in our last week of Bossypants!
Next week we will start our new book, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

Candace is in the process of moving and so I am asking you all to please send me some discussion questions for this week. Please! I am no good at the whole question thing.

The last discussion post will be up on Saturday so that gives you two days to get them in!

Thank you to everyone who has participated so far.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Discussion Week 3 -- Bossypants

I completely missed the introduction to week three, and this discussion post is two days late!
Sorry guys, I had a busy week and I'm totally a slacker!

If you are behind and you want to catch up as well, you can find week one discussion HERE and week two discussion HERE.

Last week we read chapters:

A Childhood Dream, Realized--30 Rock: An Experiment to Confuse Your Grandparents

Questions are numbered to make it easier to reference the other responses. Be aware that the questions themselves may contain spoilers--read at your own risk!

Let the discussion begin!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Discussion: Week 2--Bossypants

Here are our discussion questions for our second week of reading Bossypants!

This week we read chapters:
Climbing Old Rag Mountain--Remembrances of Being a Little Bit Fat

Questions are numbered to make it easier to reference the other responses. Be aware that the questions themselves may contain spoilers--read at your own risk!

Let the discussion begin!

Friday, July 29, 2011


Tomorrow we will post our discussion for Bossypants--Week 2 (Climbing Old Rag Mountain--Remembrances of Being a Little Bit Fat). 

You can earn entries for a free book (or e-reader book, if that is your preference) by submitting questions for the discussion. E-mail those to us by midnight tonight (Alisha or Candace!

Don't forget you can also earn entries for each discussion question you answer until the end of Week 3 of Bossypants. Next week will be your last chance for this round. But no fear--you can still earn them by participating in the discussions for Week 1 of Bossypants, and our Week 4 & Final discussion for The Help

There are 8 days left to vote  in the poll to choose our post-Bossypants book! (Poll is to the left over there).

Happy reading/question writing/discussing/choosing!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Week 2--Bossypants

This week we begin Week 2 of Bossypants. How much are you laughing so far?

This week's reading is:
Climbing Old Rag Mountain--Remembrances of Being a Little Bit Fat

Discussion for Week 1--Bossypants can be found HERE

In our previous poll, popular vote demanded that we continue the Free Book Giveaway! Here are the rules for being entered:

  • For every discussion question you answer starting with the Week 4 Discussion for The Help until the end of Week 3 of Bossypants, you will receive an entry.
  • For every discussion question you SUBMIT (including the discussion for Week 3 of Bossypants), you will receive an entry.
  • For every friend you get to join us AND participate, you will receive an entry (have your friend comment on being sent by you).

You might have also noticed that we have a button (left sidebar, 3rd down)! Get an entry by posting it to your blog. You can post it in an entry or place it in your side bar. Don't have a blog? Link to this site on your Facebook & comment on this post to let us know.

We are ending the giveaway at the end of Week 3 because that is when we will be announcing our next selection, to give everyone a chance to get the book. The winner of the giveaway can use their win to get the next book club selection for free, or hang on to get the selection of their choice for free later. Either way, you get a free book!

(Your free book can be a physical copy or an e-copy!)

Don't forget to vote for your choice for our next selection! The poll is on the left sidebar; a link to a post of descriptions of each book is below the poll. You have 11 days left to vote!

To submit questions for discussion (due by midnight Friday night), book suggestions for the poll, or to get help posting your button, e-mail us! Alisha ( or Candace (

As always, discussions for any of the books are ongoing. Feel free to jump in at any time, especially if you're just joining us!