"The Help" is the phenomenal international bestseller (that inspired the Oscar nominated film) by Kathryn Stockett. Enter a vanished and unjust world: Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Where black maids raise white children, but aren't trusted not to steal the silver...There's Aibileen, raising her seventeenth white child and nursing the hurt caused by ...Read More"The Help" is the phenomenal international bestseller (that inspired the Oscar nominated film) by Kathryn Stockett. Enter a vanished and unjust world: Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Where black maids raise white children, but aren't trusted not to steal the silver...There's Aibileen, raising her seventeenth white child and nursing the hurt caused by her own son's tragic death; Minny, whose cooking is nearly as sassy as her tongue; and white Miss Skeeter, home from College, who wants to know why her beloved maid has disappeared. Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny. No one would believe they'd be friends; fewer still would tolerate it. But as each woman finds the courage to cross boundaries, they come to depend and rely upon one another. Each is in a search of a truth. And together they have an extraordinary story to tell..."The other side of "Gone with the Wind" - and just as unputdownable". ("The Sunday Times"). "A big, warm girlfriend of a book". ("The Times"). "Harper Lee's classic novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" has changed lives. It's direct descendent "The Help" has the same potential ...an astonishing feat of accomplishment". ("Daily Express"). Kathryn Stockett was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. After graduating from the University of Alabama, she moved to New York City, where she worked in magazine publishing and marketing for nine years. She currently lives in Atlanta with her husband and daughter. "The Help" is her first novel.Read Less
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It really speaks to the real-life struggles of "the Help" of that era in a non-political, truthful way. Although this story is fiction, the ideas that comprise it are not. It is a beautifully told story of a time when life was not fair for all, and a reminder to us to never tread those paths again!
Aug 30, 2012
A delightful read!
My husband and I read books to each other and this one was so much fun...with the accents and picturesque southern way of saying things. Being from Canada I had only the news rendition of the black/white conflict so in that way it was very informative as well. The characters were so well depicted, we had trouble putting it down until it was finished. We vowed we would not see the movie until we had read the book. The movie did not come close to the book.
Jul 26, 2012
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I have recommended it to all of my friends. This is a great start to her career!! Bless you Kathryn Stockett for
writing what needed to be said.
Mar 15, 2012
This is hands down one of the best books I've ever read. Great story, great characters, great writing.
Mar 8, 2012
thoroughly enjoyable read
The author manages to tell an engaging story of several women, some white, some black, in the early 60's. The background of the civil rights movement is important, and she gives some devastating glimpses into the misery that gave rise to it. BUT, amazingly, she manages to counter the depressing aspects of the story with lighter, positive moments. There are some really very funny incidents and, overall, it's a hopeful, uplifting book. My own family is an amalgamation of races, and the black, as well as white, readers enjoyed "The Help" immensely!
Publishers Weekly, 2009-03-02 Four peerless actors render an array of sharply defined black and white characters in the nascent years of the civil rights movement. They each handle a variety of Southern accents with aplomb and draw out the daily humiliation and pain the maids are subject to, as well as their abiding affection for their white charges. The actors handle the narration and dialogue so well that no character is ever stereotyped, the humor is always delightful, and the listener is led through the multilayered stories of maids and mistresses. The novel is a superb intertwining of personal and political history in Jackson, Miss., in the early 1960s, but this reading gives it a deeper and fuller power. A Putnam hardcover (Reviews, Dec. 1). (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2008-12-01 What perfect timing for this optimistic, uplifting debut novel (and maiden publication of Amy Einhorn's new imprint) set during the nascent civil rights movement in Jackson, Miss., where black women were trusted to raise white children but not to polish the household silver. Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan is just home from college in 1962, and, anxious to become a writer, is advised to hone her chops by writing "about what disturbs you." The budding social activist begins to collect the stories of the black women on whom the country club sets relies--and mistrusts--enlisting the help of Aibileen, a maid who's raised 17 children, and Aibileen's best friend Minny, who's found herself unemployed more than a few times after mouthing off to her white employers. The book Skeeter puts together based on their stories is scathing and shocking, bringing pride and hope to the black community, while giving Skeeter the courage to break down her personal boundaries and pursue her dreams. Assured and layered, full of heart and history, this one has bestseller written all over it. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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