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September 10, 2011

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Thanks for posting. I loved the book and the movie as well. The themes of courage and love are universal. The issue of who raises the kids and who polishes the silver fits in with Leslie's Domestic Series.(http://lesliegraff.com/)

What a great connection to make Julia -- love it. Yes -- good idea. Please do hop over and see Leslie's art work in this context.

And -- see that it was featured on the venerable design mom.

http://www.designmom.com/2011/08/leslie-graff/

I loved this movie. One of many messages that touched me was that every woman fights her unique battle. Of course, women like Aibileen and Minny ("the help") fought bitter battles against forces of bigotry--as well as very personal and unique struggles with abuse, family issues, etc. But even the gorgeous blonde woman with a big house and handsome husband fought a battle of insecurity and isolation from the other women in town. At the end I even felt a little badly for "the mean women" in the town, wondering how much personal development and potential they had stunted by choosing to accept a life of ignorance over courage. "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle" (Plato). Great movie.

Perhaps that's why this is such a brilliant book/film. We can see ourselves in every character. And even the mean girls, except Hilly, possibly, are so stunted. There is something quite sad.

Nice insight Megan.

I loved the book and the movie for many of the reasons cited here. I found Celia quite fascinating too because in this character we really do see how she evolves. She's an outsider and pathetic in her attempts to become part of the junior league but we see (particularly in the book) how she gains strength and confidence. Her ability to defend Minnie from the intruder and her immediate reaction to do so were there all the time. Though she was "white trash" that background had given her a unique grit and backbone which unleashed allows her to acknowledge to Johnny the miscarriages, the help and more importantly that she doesn't "need" the society of the junior league.

Interesting insight Bonnie. Yes, it is interesting that it was actually her "white trash" background that gave her the unique grit and backbone needed.

I remember after reading The Glass Castle --which was tough to read, but really good, the dedication said something like, "Everyone that's interesting has a history."

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