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Fresh Pick | THE HELP by Kathryn Stockett
Fresh Pick / June 4, 2011

April 2011 On Sale: April 5, 2011 Featuring: Minny; Aibileen; Skeeter 528 pages ISBN: 0425232204 EAN: 9780425232200 Trade Size (reprint) $15.00  Add to Wish List Fiction Buy at Must Read for the Summer! The Help by Kathryn Stockett Be prepared to meet three unforgettable women: Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone. Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken. Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody’s business, but she can’t mind her tongue, so she’s lost yet another job. Minny finally finds…

Andrew Peterson | Writing the Authentic SEAL
Author Guest / June 4, 2011

Operation Neptune Spear seems an appropriate name for the raid that ended Osama Bin Laden’s life.  In Roman mythology, Neptune is the god of water and the sea.  It’s common knowledge that SEAL Team 6 of the United States Navy conducted the raid.  The Navy SEAL emblem contains a trident, Neptune’s preferred hunting weapon. So who are Navy SEALs?  SEAL teams are the primary special forces of the Naval Special Warfare Command.  The SEALs were officially established during the Kennedy Administration, but their roots can be traced back to WWII.  The acronym is derived from Sea, Air, and Land.  Although Navy SEAL teams comprise the maritime component of the United States Special Operations Command, they’re often used for land based missions. The term “special forces” has evolved to encompass military and civilian units that are deployed for use in high risk missions that standard units aren’t equipped to handle.  Although technically not special forces in the military sense, the FBI, ATF, DEA, and other federal law enforcement agencies employ domestic SRTs (Special Response Teams) in much the same way as the military uses its special forces overseas.  It’s not my intent to make any kind of comparison between civilian SRTs…