The Help (movie) is coming out in August! The book by Kathryn Stockett, was written from a young white woman's perspective in Mississippi.
Distressed by the status quo, the protagonist enlists the help of African American maids and nannies to tell the stories of their lives; of their service to white families. Once their stories go into print the world around them irrevocably begins to change.
I read this book en route to Germany last November and could not put it down. This is wonderful novel! I sincerely cannot wait to see the film.