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The Help

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The #1 New York Times bestselling novel and basis for the Academy Award-winning film. 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...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 534 pages
  • 129.54 x 208.28 x 33.02mm | 453.59g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Penguin USA
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0425232204
  • 9780425232200
  • 9,713

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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 Praise for The Help 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" Praise for "The Help" "" 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" "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" "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"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 Frank aA 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.a aJill Conner Browne, #1 "New York Times" Bestselling Author of "The Sweet Potato Queens" series and resident of Jackson, MS aSet 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.a aJoshilyn 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 review aThis heartbreaking story is a stunning debut from a gifted talent.aa "Atlanta Journal"
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About Kathryn Stockett

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.
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Review Text

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
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Rating details

1,624,935 ratings
4.45 out of 5 stars
5 59% (956,254)
4 31% (496,391)
3 8% (136,498)
2 2% (25,507)
1 1% (10,285)

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A well told story that unfolds further as it moves along and the characters develop, kept me up reading all night!show more
by Karen Crawford
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