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The Last Resort: Taking the Mississippi Cure
The Last Resort: Taking the Mississippi Cure
by Norma Watkins
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 30.71
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The South: Poetic But Not Prettied Up, Aug. 11 2011
This is a beautifully written, evocative book. In general I don't like books written from a child's POV but Norma Watkins makes it work. Her child is credible and the confusion she feels over the differences between the way the beloved black servants are treated and the way family and friends are treated casts the South's racism in stark relief. I loved it.

The Help
The Help
by Kathryn Stockett
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 13.36
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9 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Feel Good About the South and Race, Aug. 9 2011
This review is from: The Help (Paperback)
The Help is an improbable story of black housekeepers (the help, pronounced "hep") putting their necks in a noose to assist our hero, the protagonist--white naturally--make her career as a writer. The fact that the protagonist has for most of her life been close friends with one of Jackson, Mississippi's most racist women--and this is 1963, mind you--doesn't make this cotton fluff go down any easier for anyone with experience of American apartheid. Finally, the denouement stretches the mind beyond ludicrous. One word of caution: no black maid in 1963 Mississippi ever got away with insulting any white woman. The notion that she could hold that woman over a barrel by "revealing" anything overlooks the vicious history of the racist South. Night riders in sheets were always available to whip her within an inch or so of her life--or worse, if necessary.

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