The Help

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Paperback, Penguin Group USA, 2011, ISBN13 9780425245132, ISBN10 0425245136

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Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step.

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) Incorporated
Publish Date: Jun 28, 2011
ISBN-13: 9780425245132
ISBN-10: 0425245136
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 544
Written in: ENG
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.95
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 8.4 x 5.2 x 1.2
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9/5/2011

Customer review by wickedsquitty

5.0 stars by wickedsquitty

I have to admit, I was a little skeptical about this book at first. I had thought it was another of those popular "chick books" that end up getting turned into movies later. But I was very pleasantly surprised! Within the first couple chapters, I was already in love with the characters of this story. Having grown up in Mississippi, I know where all the places in the book are, which was really fun. I also have a good feel for the dialect, which Miss Stockett attempted to bring us in this story. I wasn't very happy with the way some of the pronunciations were spelled, however, because I feel the spellings, while mostly correct if spoken out loud, aren't the true words and could potentially be confusing. That, however, is a minor gripe. The only other thing I have to say on the negative side is that it feels like the last several chapters are a bit rushed somehow. You get to a point and it feels like everything is starting to speed by all of a sudden. I would have liked for those final parts of the story to have gone by with the same pace as the rest of the book. Overall, this is a fantastic book and very well written. This book has become my favorite, in fact, and I look forward to any other books Miss Stockett may write in the future.

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wickedsquitty
Twin Cities, MN
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
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A must read for anyone!
9/4/2011

Customer review by lorelie35950

5.0 stars by lorelie35950

I loved this book and it was much cheaper at Walmart.com than any other site or store I shopped. I received my book quickly at the store and was notified by email. Loved the notification feature of online shopping.

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lorelie35950
Albertville, AL
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
Gender:Female
Age:45 - 54
Usage:Once per year
12/8/2011

Customer review by EccentricAsh

5.0 stars by EccentricAsh

An EXCELLENT book! I could re-read this over and over! It was a book I could not put down! I cannot wait to see the movie, but reading the book is a MUST! I can't wait to get another book by Kathryn Stockett!

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EccentricAsh
High Point, NC
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Ownership:7 - 8 months
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Age:18 - 24
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