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The Help

Format:  CD/Spoken Word,

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Publisher: Penguin Group USA

Publish Date: Feb 2009

ISBN-13: 9780143144182

ISBN-10: 0143144189

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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 a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.
Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.
In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women-- mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends--view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, "The Help" is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

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Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publish Date: Feb 2009
ISBN-13: 9780143144182
ISBN-10: 0143144189
Format: CD/Spoken Word
Number of Pages: 0
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.95
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.0 x 5.5 x 2.25

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2009-06-15)

Stockett's (www.kathrynstockett.com) deep and complex debut novel, set in early 1960s Jackson, MS, is about three women drawn together to make a difference. In an unlikely, even dangerous, alliance, an upper-class white woman and two black maids collaborate to write a book about what it's like to be a black maid working for white families, raising white babies. Actresses Octavia Spencer, Bahni Turpin, Jenna Lamia, and Cassandra Campbell immediately pull listeners in, breathing life into this touching novel. Certain to become a book group classic and to be popular among fans of Sue Monk Kidd and Jodi Picoult.

- Donna Bachowski, Orange Cty. Lib. Syst., Orlando, FL

(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal (2009-01-01)

Set in Stockett's native Jackson, MS, in the early 1960's, this first novel adopts the complicated theme of blacks and whites living in a segregated South. A century after the Emancipation Proclamation, black maids raised white children and ran households but were paid poorly, often had to use separate toilets from the family, and watched the children they cared for commit bigotry. In Stockett's narrative, Miss Skeeter, a young white woman, is a naive, aspiring writer who wants to create a series of interviews with local black maids.

Even if they're published anonymously, the risk is great; still, Aibileen and Minny agree to participate. Tension pervades the novel as its events are told by these three memorable women. Is this an easy book to read? No, but it is surely worth reading. It may even stir things up as readers in Jackson and beyond question their own discrimination and intolerance in the past and present.

[See Prepub Alert, LJ 10/1/08.] - Rebecca Kelm, Northern Kentucky Univ. Lib., Highland Heights

(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Audie Award, 2010 (United States)
  • Indies' Choice Book Award, 2010 (United States)
  • Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Book Awards, 2010 (United States)

Book description

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 a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.

Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women— mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends—view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don’t.

Customer Product Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5★ by 2reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 A Wonderful and Thought Provoking Read As a product of the South in the 60's, this book showed the "good, the bad and the ugly" of Southern women and the "help" that they employed. I knew good women that employed help - some that still employ the same women! Of course, there were the ones that overstepped and took advantage of their position - both types are represented in the book. The Help is written in a consise, light and honest tone - sometimes not showing one or the other side in a very good light! It was great! I thought more about this book after I finished it that any that I have read in recent history. I highly recommend it! I LOVED it in it's audio form - the characters are so believable and descriptive! Sometimes quite hysterical - I noticed my husband hanging around a lot when I was listening to it while getting ready for work or in the car! A sure sign that it was captivating! 12/13/2010
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Better than the movie! My sister & I were taken a long trip by car, we took "The Help" CD and it really helped pass the time away, a great way to travel! 07/29/2012
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