We made it through “If the Buddha dated” and based on our book discussion, this was not our most highly regarded book. Still we had a lively discussion around it. Here are some the quotes we spent some time discussing:
- “Releasing guilt requires that we connect with our underlying resentment and anger.”
- “… to be genuinely equal, both people need to know they can support themselves financially so they know they have the option to leave the relationship.”
- “It destroys the house to unearth the treasure, and with that treasure builds it better than before. “
- “We sometimes tell ourselves the story that because life was easy before we me a lover, our anxiety and agitation is the fault of our new partner… While life may have been easier before, it may help to remember that the possibilities for spiritual growth speed up immensely when we become vulnerable and engaged with someone.”
Our current book is The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Here is an excerpt from an article on the author and book from the New York Times.
“In “The Help,” Kathryn Stockett’s button-pushing, soon to be wildly popular novel about black domestic servants working in white Southern households in the early 1960s, one woman works especially tirelessly. She labors long into the night. She is exhausted. Her eyes are stinging, her fingers bloody and sore.
Is she ironing pleats? Scrubbing toilets? Polishing silver for an all-important meeting of the local bridge club? No way. She is Miss Skeeter Phelan, a white woman. And the white women of “The Help” don’t do those demeaning jobs. They don’t do much of anything else either.
But brave, tenacious Skeeter is different. So she is slaving away on a book that will blow the lid off the suffering endured by black maids in Jackson, Miss. Skeeter’s going to call the place “Niceville,” but she won’t make it sound nice. All of Jackson’s post-sorority girls from Ole Miss will be up in arms if Skeeter’s tell-all book sees the light of day…”
Follow this link for the complete article called Racial Insults and Quiet Bravery in 1960s Mississippi