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The Help (Hardcover) by Kathryn Stockett - image 1 of 1
The Help (Hardcover) by Kathryn Stockett - image 1 of 1
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About the Book

In Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962, there are lines that are not crossed. With the civil rights movement exploding all around them, three women start a movement of their own, forever changing a town and the way women--black and white, mothers and daughters--view one another.

Book Synopsis

The #1 New York Times bestselling novel and basis for the Academy Award-winning film--a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't--nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read.

Aibileen is a black maid in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, who's always taken orders quietly, but lately she's unable to hold her bitterness back. Her friend Minny has never held her tongue but now must somehow keep secrets about her employer that leave her speechless. White socialite Skeeter just graduated college. She's full of ambition, but without a husband, she's considered a failure.

Together, these seemingly different women join together to write a tell-all book about work as a black maid in the South, that could forever alter their destinies and the life of a small town...

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Praise for The Help

"The two principal maid characters...leap off the page in all their warm, three dimensional glory...[A] winning novel."--The New York Times

"This could be one of the most important pieces of fiction since To Kill a Mockingbird...If you read only one book...let this be it."

"Wise, poignant...You'll catch yourself cheering out loud."--People

"Graceful and real, a compulsively readable story."--Entertainment Weekly

"A beautiful portrait of a fragmenting world."--The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"The must-read choice of every book club in the country."--The Huffington Post

"At turns hilarious and heart-warming."--Associated Press

"In a page-turner that brings new resonance to the moral issues involved, Stockett spins a story of a social awakening as seen from both sides of the American racial divide."--The Washington Post

About The Author

Kathryn Stockett was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. After graduating from the University of Alabama with a degree in English and creative writing, she moved to New York City, where she worked in magazine publishing and marketing for sixteen years. She currently lives in Atlanta with her husband and daughter.
Dimensions (Overall): 9.17 Inches (H) x 6.43 Inches (W) x 1.39 Inches (D)
Weight: 1.52 Pounds
Suggested Age: 13-19 Years
Number of Pages: 451
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Literary
Publisher: Putnam Pub. Group
Format: Hardcover
Author: Kathryn Stockett
Language: English
Street Date: February 10, 2009
TCIN: 11400719
UPC: 9780399155345
Item Number (DPCI): 059-01-2156
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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4.3 out of 5 stars with 3 reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
Angie K - 14 years ago
This book tells such a revealing tale. You'll be amazed by the way these women were treated by their employers. Such a sad story, but told so beautifully through the eyes of these three women. Your hearts will go out to them and you'll cheer them on.
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5 out of 5 stars
Minnesota Reader - 15 years ago
Kathryn Stockett has magnificently written a poignant story that captures the fears and tensions of racial discrimination in segregated Jackson, Mississippi. The year is 1962, when two black maids and one white woman come together to share their storieshoping the truth will instigate change. Young, white, aspiring writer, Eugenia Skeeter Phelan, decides to write a book from the maids viewpoint, documenting their experiences working for white families. Maternal Aibileen and best friend, sassy Minny, agree to help. All three risk their futures and put their lives on the line, for terrible consequences loom over anyone crossing racial boundaries. Told in alternating narratives, each woman describes the reality of her daily life in her own unique, distinctive voice. As a result, they reveal three distinct, insightful views of life in Jackson. Actual historical events are brilliantly woven into their lives. Ms. Stockett has skillfully created a truly intriguing storyline with a cast of captivating, endearing characters who grabbed my heart and never let go. Their humorous antics provided many laugh-out-loud moments. This book has an underlying thread of hope that extends through until the very last page. For me, reading this book was a very enlightening experience as I attended elementary school with a few black children in the 1960s! This book taught me much. I learned about the atmosphere and white ignorance of the South during the Civil Rights Movement. The eloquent writing allowed me to comprehend how it felt to be a black maid during this time frame. I was reminded of many truthsto not judge people by the color of their skin, and to do the right thing, no matter what the consequences are. I really loved this enthralling, deeply-moving book and I highly recommend it!
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