The Dalles-Wasco County Public Library book discussion group is seeking readers.
Each month there is a new book to read and discuss. The group meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month upstairs in the magazine corner. The next meeting will be Jan. 16.
The book for the January discussion is “The Help, by Kathryn Stockett. Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step: Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962 Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy until Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.
Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her 17th white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.
Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody’s business, but she can’t mind her tongue, so she’s lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.
Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.
In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women — mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends — view one another.
For those of you that need to plan a little further in advance, the book for February will be “East of the Mountains”, by David Guterson.
Copies of these books are widely available in the Sage Library System, as well as an audio book version. All readers are welcome (a library card is not required), even if you haven’t finished the book.