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If you have not read The Help, then it is time that you do yourself a favor and read it. This book was so popular when it was in hardcover that I just refused to follow the crowd and read it. When I finally read it, I wondered why I had waited so long. The characters are all engaging, the subject is so important, and the writing just sweeps you along so that you don't want to put down the book until you get to the very satisfying end. It also made me want to read more about civil rights and to research the subject!

— jill

February 2009 Indie Next List


“The Help recreates a time -- Mississippi in 1962 -- that is totally engrossing and pitch-perfect. This story of women in the South, black and white, in the eye of a hurricane of monumental change is thoroughly satisfying and enjoyable.”
— Sheila Burns, Bloomsbury Books, Ashland, OR

Fall '09/Winter '10 Reading Group List


“We've been telling our customers who are members of book groups to read this story of race-ridden, 1960s Jackson, Mississippi. Unforgettable characters live out a story that makes you rage against intolerance as you step into the lives of three Southern women who are committed to creating change.”
— Gail Wetta, Anderson's Bookshop, Naperville, IL

Description


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...

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.

Praise For…


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.”—NPR.org
 
“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
Product Details
ISBN: 9780425232200
ISBN-10: 0425232204
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: April 5th, 2011
Pages: 544
Language: English

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