This book was fantastic, particularly because it made me laugh AND cry (a hallmark of an excellent book, in my opinion). Skeeter in particular had a hilarious take on the stuffy socialite world of 1960's Mississippi. The scenes between Aibileen, a black housekeeper, and Mae Mobley, the white daughter in the house, were so poignant. Mae Mobley was an adorable toddler whose mother was a horrible excuse for a parent. This story also evoked incredible anger in its description of the deplorable conditions that black people endured--physically, emotionally, and spiritually. It helped me understand the monumnetal history of the Civil Rights Movement. I loved the book.