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The Help

Format:  Paperback,

534 pages

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

Publish Date: Jun 2011

ISBN-13: 9780425245132

ISBN-10: 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
Publish Date: Jun 2011
ISBN-13: 9780425245132
ISBN-10: 0425245136
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 534
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.95
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.25 x 8.5 x 1.25

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.

Book description

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.

Customer Product Reviews

Rated 4.8 out of 5★ by 36reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Fantastic Book! 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. 09/04/2011
Rated 5 out of 5★ by A must read for anyone! 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. 09/04/2011
Rated 5 out of 5★ by 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! 12/08/2011
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Best book of 2011 I've read this book 4 times and love it each time. I've never re-read a book before this one. I was just astonished that this was the author's first novel. She writes with the experience of a seasoned author. While the blatant racist attitudes of some of the characters is disturbing, it's the good hearted women, who are both black and white, that make the story fun and make it come alive in your mind. A good story should draw you in and make you a part of the story. This author definitely did this. Even though it's a long book, it reads quickly and you won't want it to end. You will become invested in the characters and want them to continue. 12/26/2011
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Great book!! My grandmother, my mother, and I all read it. It's one of those must-reads that you can't put down! ~*~ 09/29/2011
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Very good book 09/03/2011
Rated 5 out of 5 Great book, growing up in the mid west, did not know this was going on. Well written book, want to see the movie but will wait until I am finished with the boo 08/30/2011
Rated 5 out of 5★ by I read 1 or two books a week and it's been a long time since I've read one like this, I laughed and cried, was inspired. Excellent book!! 09/21/2011
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