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The Help by Kathryn Stockett - a surprisingly realistic portrayal of race relations in 1962 Jackson Mississippi. An easy read. The characters are well developed and the questions posed profound: Why do we trust black women with our children, but not our silver?

The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak: two novels in one. A middle aged New Jersey housewife is a reader for a publisher and reads Sweet Blasphemy which is about the famous 13th Century Muslim poet Rumi and his freindship with the itinerant Sufi dervish Shams of Tabriz. What is it about the 12th and 13th centuries? Eleanor of Aquitane wrote the rules of courtly love and Rufi wrote some of the most beautiful love poetry . . . the book is an easy read. The characters are well drawn . . . the 40 rules are incorporated into the dual plotlines. I loved this book.

June 4, 2010 at 10:54 a.m. ( | suggest removal )