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A film that brings tears to your eyes . . .

Describe your first kiss. 
It was in Paris, under a tree by a nice summer night. I was shy, so was she. We took a little while before we kissed but the kiss was even longer. It was long, soft and lovely. I will never forget this!

Your favorite children’s book, and why . . .

Dragon Ball Z. It’s a Manga ( Japanimation ) of one of the best Manga I ever seen when I was young. I learned how to appreciate a book by beginning to read this book.

A cause that’s closest to your heart, and why . . .

Racism and Africa in general. Since I have been in Angola ( Africa ) in 2013 to see my roots and family and cannot see world the same way as before, and my actions cannot be the same as well. I saw people were really suffering even people from my own family. I try to stay close to my rich culture and never forget where I really come from even though I was born and raised in France. I consider myself as an ” African in mission “! Racism because I faced it really often and really young. It’s an issue we must stop.

If you could be a character in any novel, who would you be and why?

<!–td {border: 1px solid #ccc;}br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;}-My knowledge in novel is really weak so I cannot tell. But I wish I could be a kind of hero who started from nothing but reached the top and helped his family and never forget his journey and where he came from.

Explain the worst job that you’ve held.
All my experiences were different. But I will say this summer job in France when I was taking out the trash of rich people. It was hot and people were rude. I learned a lot about this experience.

A quote that motivates you . . . 
“Failure is not an option.”

The title of the one song you would take with you on that deserted island . . .
 Curious Pimpin by Tony Yayo & 50 Cent

Three Wishes
– Reach my dream and become a professional soccer player
– Never forget where I came from and always stay the same
– Make my family and friends proud of the man they grew up with/raised

Favorite game you played as a child . . .

What would you like readers to take away from your writing?
 My experiences and my vision of life.

The Help Book Club

     Kathryn Stockett’s The Help leaves me mourning the lives of her characters.  Having first been welcomed into these characters’ homes and lives as a guest (perhaps a fourth at Miss Leefolt’s bridge table) in the form of a reader, a transformation occurs, though, by the end of the novel where the reader emotionally entangles himself/herself with these seemingly living, breathing, struggling human beings.  Will Aibileen continue to . . . ?  How will Miss Skeeter fare in . . .?  Does Minny triumph as a . . . ?  Does Miss Hilly ever admit to . . . ?  The telling dialogue and vivid descriptions places the reader in the moment.  In fact, Minny’s words, “I intend to stay on her like hair on soap” (158) induced the gag reflex (icks).
     Besides the entertainment factor,  I hope the reader, more importantly, acknowledges the issues The Help brings to light such as racism, sexism, and domestic abuse (which nonsensically remain in today’s society) and is motivated to take action.  Having personally dealt with a sexist stepfather during my own upbringing, the reality is that these negative, needless influences have life-altering effects.

Picture and cake courtesy of Rhonda Tibbs.

     For the purposes of book club, a delectable caramel cake
shared among members seems the ideal choice since this inanimate “character” weaves itself throughout the novel.  If feeling playful and wish to determine who has completed the book club’s reading of the month, serve a chocolate pie alongside the

Two-slice Hilly?

cake and see which members help themselves to a slice or two.  Then, without a doubt, as a group view the movie version of The Help and determine whether the book was better . . .

Kathryn Stockett