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    Kathryn Stockett(Author)

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.
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.

a"The Help" by Kathryn Stockett is a story that made me weep as I rejoiced for each of humanityas small but steady triumphs over hate and fear. I will never forget this wonderful book.aaDorothea Benton FrankaA magical novel. Heartbreaking and oh so true, the voices of these characters, their lives and struggles will stay with you long after you reluctantly come to the end.a aRobert Hicks, "New York Times"a bestselling author of "The Widow of the South"aI love "The Help," Kathryn Stockett has given us glorious characters and a powerful, truth-filled story. Abilene, Minny and Skeeter, show that people from this troubled time came together despite their differences and that ordinary women can be heroic.aaJill Conner Browne, #1 "New York Times" Bestselling Author of "The Sweet Potato Queens" series and resident of Jackson, MSaSet in the rural South of the 1960's, "THE HELP" is a startling, resonant portrait of the intertwined lives of women on opposite sides of the racial divide. Stockett's many gifts a a keen eye for character, a wicked sense of humor, the perfect timing of a natural born storyteller a shine as she evokes a time and place when black women were expected to help raise white babies, and yet could not use the same bathroom as their employers. Her characters, both white and black, are so fully fleshed they practically breathe a no stock villains or pious heroines here. I'm becoming an evangelist for "The Help," Don't miss this wise and astonishing debut.aaJoshilyn Jackson, Bestselling author of "Gods in Alabama"aA wonderful book. A compelling and comically poignant tale about three women, and a time and a place that is in many waysvery much still with us.a aBeth Henley, Pulitzer Prizea winning playwright of "Crimes of the Heart"aLush, original, and poignant, Kathryn Stockett has written a wondrous novel. You will be swept away as they work, play, and love during a time when possibilities for women were few but their dreams of the future were limitless. A glorious read.a aAdriana Trigiani, bestselling author of the "Big Stone Gap" series and "Lucia, Lucia"aFull of heart and history, this one has bestseller written all over it.aa "PW" starred reviewaThis heartbreaking story is a stunning debut from a gifted talent.aa "Atlanta Journal""I love "The Help." Kathryn Puckett has given us glorious characters and a powerful, truth-filled story. Abilene, Minny and Skeeter, show that people from this troubled time came together despite their differences and that ordinary women can be heroic."-Jill Conner Browne, #1 "New York Times" Bestselling Author of "The Sweet Potato Queens" series and resident of Jackson, MS"A magical novel. Heartbreaking and oh so true, the voices of these characters, their lives and struggles will stay with you long after you reluctantly come to the end." -Robert Hicks, "New York Times"a bestselling author of "The Widow of the South""Stockett's many gifts --keen e ye for character, a wicked sense of humor, the perfect timing of a natural born storyteller-shine. Iam becoming an evangelist for "The Help," Don't miss this wise and astonishing debut.--Joshilyn Jackson, bestselling author of "Gods in Alabama""A wonderful book. A compelling and comically poignant tale about three women, and a time and a place that is in many ways very much still with us." -Beth Henley, Pulitzer Prize winning pla ywright of "Crimes of the Heart""Lush, original, and poignant, Kathryn Stockett has written a wondrous novel. You will be swept away as they work, play, and love during a time when possibilities for women were few but their dreams of the future were limitless. A glorious read." -Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of the Big Stone Gap series and "Lucia, Lucia" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Kathryn Stockett(Author)
  • Penguin Lcc Us (Jun. 2010)
  • English
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  • By T. Wilson on 20 May 2017

    What an eye opener this book is. I read this book fairly quickly and was enthralled by how the Help's were treated in the fifties. Second class citizens, very hard working, a real education for me. Buy this book it will open your eyes as to how badly a lot of these people were treated. The book has great characters, some you love and some you hate, a great read.

  • By Hanat Balimuttajjo on 31 August 2013

    Best book ever. I don't think I can say more than this but my mind and heart shouts "more people have got to read this". It's more than the movie. It's life. It grips you at every page as you live, breathe and share each moment with these wonderful and inspiring women. I know the history of the south. But now I know a little of its people. They are real, inspiring and loveable. This is a must read. A message to all of us to change and look beyond our handicapped way of thinking defined by what we may think or believe to be socially acceptable, merely because we fear change, social exclusion, really seeing that what is in the ain't perfect and overcome insecurity to succeed. We're or can be our own worst enemy. But we can and must change. Abilene, Skeeter, Minny give us the courage to see, realize, accept and get out of our self made comfort zone and act. Do!Buy and Read

  • By Evelyn W on 21 August 2011

    I wanted to give this book a lower rating because of the rather cavalier way that the writer treated the real Aibileen in their court case but I really couldn't. The characters are wonderful, the picture of living both as a white woman and as a coloured one in Mississippi just at the very dawn of the Civil Rights movement makes you feel that you are in the middle of it. Two of the 'Helps' in particular, Minny and Aibileen herself are people you long to have living next door. The stuffy, convention-bound society of the white women is given just the right dash of humour. Who hasn't come across a Missus Hilly at some time, a woman whose personal authority is so great that she can make those who don't obey her into social pariahs? The appalling treatment of the coloured community by the white one is not preached at you but is all the more chilling as events happen to the characters you have come to love and and admire. And as a bonus, I've learnt a really good way of preparing a turkey for roasting.The book was so good that when I finished it, I felt bereft, like a friend had left town.

  • By judy b on 12 August 2017

    This is a brilliant book, funny in parts, extremely moving in others. I was so disappointed when I finished it - I wanted it to be much longer.I found myself completely involved in the problems of both sides - the hard lives of the maids, and also the privileged ( but possibly empty and pointless) lives of their employers.The affection between the maids and their young charges was a pleasant surprise for me, but showed another sad side to the story when the children and maids' relationship and bond was ended.And the funny thing is, the way the maids' dialogue is written, it even made me read their speech in a deep south accent!

  • By Em78 on 9 September 2017

    I wasn't sure about this book at the beginning I found it hard to get into but once I did I couldn't put it down. I fell in love with Aibelleen and Minny and loved the courage of Miss Skeeter. This book was an eye opener for me and I'll definitely be recommending it to others. I am now going to watch the movie but I bet it's not a touch on the book! Well done to everyone who helped put this amazing story/book together.

  • By Angela E on 3 May 2017

    The only book I have on Kindle as well as hard copy. An essential book in everyone,s library. Would make a great school text for historical and cultural reasons as well as for its excellent rounded characters, range of human emotions and gentle humour.

  • By Kindykidd on 8 August 2017

    I couldn't choose anything less than 5 stars, this was one of those books that I had to keep reading. One of those rare books that made me feel something whilst I was running it, I laughed and cried

  • By Cavo2 on 25 July 2017

    Outstanding book. I downloaded the audio book and the characters came alive. I was really hoping that the story was true and had taken place in the 1960s it would have been so wonderful. Enjoy....a must read especially if you want to educate yourself about 1960s racism. It wasn't that long ago.The dignity of the black characters was wonderful.

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