Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Help: Movies, Television & Book Suggestions

Have you been enjoying The Help?  I know many of you have excitedly shared book suggestions and television selections (such as "Mad Men") that are similar in time, story, issues, etc. to our book.  This post is for any further suggestions you may have for literature, television, or movies.


  1. There have been times that the characters have reminded me of two women in the musical "Caroline, or Change." If ever given the opportunity, you should see it. It follows a young boy who just lost his mother and the maid he loves. It is set in Lake Charles, LA in the mid 60's. I just looked the show up in MTI and it looks like its showing Atlanta and Dayton next fall.

  2. Aww, thanks for checking on that for me, Katy! I adore musicals. :o)

  3. Here are some suggestions too:

    "Mona Lisa Smile" - movie; women in the 50s/60s

    "Corrina, Corrina" - movie; interracial relationships in the 1960s

    "Hairspray: The Musical" - movie; hilarious, civil rights

    "The Secret Life of Bees" - book and movie; strong black female lead.

  4. I don't know why I've had such a hard time thinking about these. As I'm reading your suggestions I keep thinking, "Ahhh....duh. Why didn't I come up with that". Now if only the characters in "The Help" would break out in random song and dance like in "Hairspray" when the story line starts to get serious!

  5. True. I'd love to hear the "crazy naked guy" song. :)
    I would actually recommend some era-specific movies. "The Secret Life of and American Wife" (1968) talks about housewives in the 60s. It's pretty funny too!
    Some of my other favorite movies: The Apartment (referenced in MM a lot)
    "Inherit the Wind" about the Scopes Monkey trial in the South - Spencer Tracey knocks it out of the park
    A Raisin in the Sun (1961) is by far an amazing movie about overcoming racism and the household dynamics for a black woman in the 60s trying to raise a family.


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