Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Kathryn Stockett goes by the nickname "Kitty," but she won't mind if you call her Kathryn.
Skeeter and Constantine's relationship and Mae Mobley and Aibileen's are inspired by Stockett's relationship with the black woman who cared for her as a child, Demetrie.
The British cover of The Help features a photo of two black women in white maid's uniforms on either side of a little white girl in a pushchair (a stroller for big-kids). The photo is from The National Congress archives, and was considered too controversial for the US cover. Why do you think that is?
- Actress Octavia Spencer has been cast as Minny. This is a good thing, because Minny was actually inspired by Spencer, who is friends with Stockett.
Stockett never imagined her book as a bestseller and says she might have written it differently if she had known that gazillions of people would read it!
The film version of The Help is a collaboration between Stockett and several of her childhood friends, also natives of Mississippi.
Nearly fifty literary agents rejected The Help. It took Stockett five years to find one to represent her. Bet those rejecters are crying now – every time they look at the bestseller lists.
Monday, August 1, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Monday, May 9, 2011
Friday, May 6, 2011
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Fannie Flagg of Fried Green Tomatoes and I Still Dream About You
Carolyn Turgeon of Godmother and Mermaid.
Karen White of On Folly Beach
Mark E. Green, MD of A Night With Sadaam
Shelly Rushing Tomlinson
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Message from Queen Kathy Patrick in regards to the 2012 Girlfriend Weekend!
Announcing the BOOK THEME for Girlfriend Weekend 2012! It's "THE GREATEST 'BOOK' SHOW ON EARTH!" Think Sara Gruen's "Water for Elephants", Frank Delaney's "Venetia Kelly's Traveling Show", Melanie Benjamin's "The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb"! Girlfriend Weekend is MAGIC and since I juggle 405 book club daily, ON WITH THE SHOW!
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
January Bonus Selections: Don’t Quit Your Day Job: Acclaimed Authors and the Day Jobs They Quit Edited by Sonny Brewer
They Came to Nashville by Marshall Chapman
February Bonus Selections: The Miracle of Mercy Land: A Novel by River Jordan
The Perfect Love Song by Patti Callahan Henry
Cheap Cabernet by Cathie Beck
March Bonus Selections: Every Last One by Anna Quindlen
The Sanctuary of Outcasts by Neil White
As the Sycamore Grows by Jennie Helderman
April Bonus Selections: The Inheritance of Beauty by Nicole Seitz
Goodness Gracious Green by Judy Christie
Redefining Beauty by Texas Poet Laureate Karla K. Morton
Mothers & Other Liars by Amy Bourret
May Bonus Selections: Royal Blood (A Royal Spyness Mystery) by Rhys Bowen
Mink River: A Novel by Brian Doyle
Larkspur’s Cove by Lisa Wingate
June Bonus Selections: Gone with a Handsomer Man by Michael Lee West
Woof: Women Only Over Fifty by Diana Black and Mary Cunningham
Miss Hildreth Wore Brown: Anecdotes of a Southern Belle by Olivia deBelle Byrd
July Bonus Selections: Heart of Deception: A Novel by M.L. Malcolm
Murder at the Luther by Kathleen Kaska
Thunder Beach by Michael Lister
August Bonus Selections: Paper Children by Marcia Fine
A Cup of Friendship: A Novel by Debbie Rodriguez
Sue Ellen’s Daughter Ain’t Fat, She Just Weighs Heavy: The Belle of All Things Southern Dishes on Men, Money, and Not Losing Your Midlife Mind by Shellie Rushing Tomlinson
Monday, January 10, 2011
Saturday, January 1, 2011
Pat Conroy, the beloved American storyteller, is also a voracious reader. He has for years kept a notebook in which he notes words or phrases, just from a love of language. But reading for him is not simply a pleasure to be enjoyed in off-hours or a source of inspiration for his own writing. It would hardly be an exaggeration to claim that reading has saved his life, and if not his life then surely his sanity.
In My Reading Life, Conroy revisits a life of passionate reading. He includes wonderful anecdotes from his school days, moving accounts of how reading pulled him through dark times, and even lists of books that particularly influenced him at various stages of his life, including grammar school, high school, and college. Readers will be enchanted with his ruminations on reading and books, and want to own and share this perfect gift book for the holidays. And, come graduation time, My Reading Life will establish itself as a perennial favorite, as did Dr. Seuss’s Oh, the Places You’ll Go!