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The Real Help

Helping Put The Help in its Historical Context

The Real Help is a reading project co-founded by Amanda and I to read the books recommended by the Association of Black Women Historians in their statement on The Help. For more information check out our introduction posts (Amanda’s, mine).

Schedule:

September 10th – A Million Nightingales by Susan Straight: my review, Amanda’s discussion post, mdbrady’s review
September 24th – Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow: Black Women , Work, and the Family, from Slavery to the Present by Jacqueline Jones: my review and discussion, Amanda’s post
October  8th – The Book of Night Women by Marlon James: my review and discussion, Amanda’s post
October 22nd – Coming of Age in Mississippi by Anne Moody: my review, Amanda’s discussion post
November 12th –  Like One of The Family: Conversations from a Domestic’s Life by Alice Childress: my review, Amanda’s discussion post
November 26th – Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household by Thavolia Glymph: my review and discussion, Amanda’s post
December  10th – The Street by Ann Petry: my review and discussion, Amanda’s post
December 24th –  Holiday break…
January 14th – To ‘Joy My Freedom: Southern Black Women’s Lives and Labors after the Civil War by Tera Hunter: my review, Amanda’s review and discussion, mdbrady’s review
January  28th – Blanche on the Lam by Barbara Neely: my review, Amanda’s review and discussion, mdbrady’s review
Feb 11th – Living In, Living Out: African American Domestics and the Great Migration by Elizabeth Clark-Lewis
Feb 25th – Wrap-Up

The tentative plan is to review a fiction title on the second Saturday and a non-fiction title on the fourth Saturday of each month until we get through the list.

Are you interested in leading the discussion for one of the books? Email Amanda or I to schedule it! 

All titles to be covered:

Fiction:
Like One of The Family: Conversations from a Domestic’s Life
, Alice Childress
The Book of Night Women
 by Marlon James 
Blanche on the Lam
 by Barbara Neely
The Street
 by Ann Petry  
A Million Nightingales
 by Susan Straight

Non-Fiction:
Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household 
by Thavolia Glymph
To ‘Joy My Freedom: Southern Black Women’s Lives and Labors after the Civil War
 by Tera Hunter
Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow: Black Women , Work, and the Family, from Slavery to the Present
by Jacqueline Jones
Living In, Living Out: African American Domestics and the Great Migration by Elizabeth Clark-Lewis
Coming of Age in Mississippi
 by Anne Moody

21 Comments leave one →
  1. September 24, 2011 9:21 pm

    I just bookmarked this page. Your blog is awesome. You always have treasures posted here.

    • September 25, 2011 12:05 pm

      So glad to hear it Shannon. I hope you follow along and enjoy the posts / participate :D

  2. December 25, 2011 9:57 pm

    Good for you for following through with the suggestions from the Association of Black Women Historians. I want to join you. Maybe will even try to catch up on the ones you’ve already discussed.

    Blogs are new territory for me. I feel like I just dropped into Alice’s rabbit hole. Hopefully I will have my blog up by the first of the year.

    I would be glad to introduce a book. Preferablity non-fiction by Glymph, Hunter, or Lewis Clark which I have not read. If something else works better for you, I am open to doing it instead.

    Thanks. It feels so good to be in contact with women reading and talking about topics like this.

    • December 29, 2011 7:52 pm

      Yay so glad you’re interested! While While we’ve already talked about the others it is never too late to review them yourself and I can add your links here. Also, the Hunter one is still coming up :) And I agree, it is really great to have others to do reading projects like this with aloneinthedesertwithbooks.

  3. December 25, 2011 10:32 pm

    Ok I am learning. Just checked your schedule and realized how far through your list you have already gotten. I’d be glad to introduce Clark-Lewis or Blanche, but getting a copy of Hunter’s book and reviewing it by the deadline could be a problem.

    • December 29, 2011 7:55 pm

      Ah awesome aloneinthedesertwithbooks. How about send me an email at amy[dot]mckie[at]gmail[dot]com and we can nail down a set book and date? :D

  4. February 1, 2012 1:09 pm

    Amazing challenge. I know The Help has gotten so many different responses (good and bad), but I actually really enjoyed the novel when I read it. I read Living in, Living Out a couple years ago, but I might just read it again and a few of the others on your list.

    • February 2, 2012 8:05 am

      Good to know bookshy, I’ve yet to read it myself but am planning to at least watch the movie in a month or so. I’d love to hear your thoughts on some of these books!

  5. February 8, 2012 11:11 pm

    My review/introduction and questions are up my blog for Lewis’ Living In, Living Out.
    http://mdbrady.wordpress.com/

  6. October 5, 2012 9:33 pm

    I’m reading the book right now and am perturbed by some of this elements, things that the ABWH helped me understand. Terrific project Amy, bravo.

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