Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Can't Stop Reading Listening

I am reading the most fantastic book right now. FANTASTIC. I can't put it down. And technically I'm not even reading it, because I have been listening to it on my iPod. I downloaded it for my road trip to Texas and haven't finished it yet, so I walk around the house listening to it with the iPod in my pocket and headphones on while my oven beeps and my cake burns and my children scream for me and the phone rings off the hook. It's that good.

It's called The Help by Kathryn Stockett. WONDERFUL. And the recording is phenomenal. It is so good, in fact, that I often forget that I'm listening to an audio book instead of watching it on TV, or, more realistically, living it. I find myself inadvertently slipping into a Southern drawl. I keep accidentally calling my children, "Chile!" (like child without the 'd') or saying "Ooooo Lordy!" out of the blue. I am craving corn bread and fried chicken like a drunk craves bourbon. Like an old Chevy craves gas. Like a.... Well, her similes are way better than mine, but you get the idea.

I can't really tell you about it; the plot is hard to explain. But it is essentially the stories of black domestic help in the 1960's in Jackson, Mississippi...with a twist. Funny, clever, touching, thoughtful, and extremely well written.

Read it. Ya'll.

9 comments:

just call me jo said...

I concure. I just finished a week ago and wish I could go on in these characters's lives to find out what they do next. It IS the best book of the summer. I've tried 'em all.

Jen said...

I have the audio book on reserve at the library, I heard its the best way to "experience" the book. Though reading it is good also. :)

alex dumas said...

And if you were to rate it, would it be PG, PG-13, or R?

Suzie said...

This book has been on my list for a while now, I am anxiously waiting to get my hands on my mom's copy. Everyone and I mean EVERYONE raves about this book.

Mrs. Organic said...

I really enjoyed it and I bet it's even better on audio.

Mindi said...

oh. my. GOSH.

i am totally reading the help right now and can't put it down, too!!!

see? even with me off the radar, we are still in sync. (or is it n*sync? hmmmmmmmmmm.)

MiaKatia said...

I just might snatch the audio version. I love me a southern drawl/twang/you name it!

sevenalstons said...

I loved The Help! And it's so funny to hear that you've developed a southern accent. For the longest time after I read the book, my thoughts would be in a southern accent :) Sometimes I would use an accent while talking to my kids and they thought I was nuts (more than usual)!!!

Chelsea said...

I've heard so many good things about this one, it's on my beach reading list. Can't wait!