I just read a great book over the weekend, "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett. It's a very powerful novel about life in the South (specifically Jackson, Mississippi) during the '50's and '60's. It follows the lives of three strong women, two black/one white, and how they came together, and how their lives were changed by their courage, strength and determination. It was a real eye-opener for me to see the injustices some people endured at that time. It made me realize that the protective high-school life I lead in southern California during the turbulent events of the 1960's was so removed from theirs in so many ways -- we may as well have been a million miles away in a completely foreign country. It shames me to admit that I knew so little of what was really going on with civil rights in our country at that time, and therefore, I did nothing to contribute to making things better for other people.
I grew to love some of the ladies in this book, and was so drawn into their lives, that I just didn't want the book to end ...... I really wanted to see what happens next with all of them!