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Kathryn Stockett
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Book Description

13 May 2010

The Help is the phenomenal international bestseller (that inspired the Oscar nominated film) by Kathryn Stockett.

Enter a vanished and unjust world: Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Where black maids raise white children, but aren't trusted not to steal the silver . . .

There's Aibileen, raising her seventeenth white child and nursing the hurt caused by her own son's tragic death; Minny, whose cooking is nearly as sassy as her tongue; and white Miss Skeeter, home from College, who wants to know why her beloved maid has disappeared.

Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny. No one would believe they'd be friends; fewer still would tolerate it. But as each woman finds the courage to cross boundaries, they come to depend and rely upon one another. Each is in a search of a truth. And together they have an extraordinary story to tell...

'The other side of Gone with the Wind - and just as unputdownable' The Sunday Times

'A big, warm girlfriend of a book' The Times

'Harper Lee's classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird has changed lives. Its direct descendent The Help has the same potential . . . an astonishing feat of accomplishment' Daily Express

Kathryn Stockett was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. After graduating from the University of Alabama, she moved to New York City, where she worked in magazine publishing and marketing for nine years. She currently lives in Atlanta with her husband and daughter. The Help is her first novel.

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (13 May 2010)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0141039280
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141039282
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,941 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The other side of Gone with the Wind - and just as unputdownable (The Sunday Times)

A big, warm girlfriend of a book (The Times)

Harper Lee's classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird has changed lives. It's direct descendent The Help has the same potential . . . an astonishing feat of accomplishment (Daily Express)

Outstanding, immensely funny, very compelling, brilliant (Daily Telegraph)

Immensely readable (Observer)

Daring, vitally important and very courageous, I loved and admired The Help. Fantastic (Marian Keyes)

A laugh-out-loud, vociferously angry must-read (Marie Claire)

Touching, disgraceful, funny. Highly recommended (Daily Mail)

Utterly brilliant (She)

Remarkable, shocking, brave, brilliant (Easy Living)

Wonderfully engaging dialogue (Good Housekeeping)

A compelling, great first novel, with soaring highs, poignant side stories and laugh-out-loud anecdotes. You'll be sorry to finish it (Psychologies)

A winning story of courage and truth (Woman & Home)

A brisk, involving read (Metro)

An exciting and atmospheric story (Rachel Cooke Observer Books of the Year)

A wise, poignant novel. You'll catch yourself cheering out loud (People)

About the Author

Kathryn Stockett was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. After graduating from the University of Alabama, she moved to New York City, where she worked in magazine publishing and marketing for nine years. She currently lives in Atlanta with her husband and daughter. This is her first novel.

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935 of 956 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Brilliant 28 Jun 2009
When a book makes you occasionally laugh out loud, has your eyes brimming with tears or has you shouting at the pages through empathy and anger, you know the author has a very rare talent. 'The Help' is one such book. I have not enjoyed a tome so immensely since Michel Faber's 'The Crimson Petal and the White'.
The story is told through three wonderfully real female characters; Minny, Aibileen and Miss Skeeter. The location is Jackson, Mississippi and it's the early 1960s - a turbulent time as the civil rights movement thunders along to the chagrin of many bigoted fools. One visionary in the small town defies her heritage and vows to make a difference and with the aid of the local maids, begins a project which will create havoc for those with lofty positions and appalling attitudes. Within the pages of the book, we are privy to scenes of amazing warmth, great humour and delightful characters with whom you'd love to spend time. Kathryn Stockett has also created one of the most venomous villains since Cruella de Vil and at times I found myself cursing this woman as if I knew her personally.
Vital, engrossing and utterly compelling, 'The Help' is a book I'd urge anyone to read.
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331 of 340 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic of the future 9 Jun 2010
I finished this book this afternoon after trying to drag out the ending as long as possible. I did not want to leave these characters behind; I wanted to continue on their journey with them, make sure they were OK C I miss them already.

I have been hearing about this book and have read lots of positive reviews for the longest time but sometimes I get put off by books that have so much hype around them and end up passing them by. Oh how glad I am that I didn¡t do this with The Help. It is worth every glowing review, every recommendation and every superlative ever written about it.

The book is set in Jackson, Mississippi in 1962 and is narrated by three women in turn. Aibileen and Minny are black maids and Miss Skeeter is a white college graduate who mourns the disappearance of her old maid and wants to do something more with her life than marry a local boy and have her kids raised by maids.

The story takes us with these women as the embark on a dangerous journey to try and change decades of prejudice and pave the way for a better life for the next generations. Through the words of each of these women we learn how rife racism and intolerance was back in the 1960¡äs deep south. There are tales of unbelievable cruelty and humiliation but also tales of tenderness and real love. It was so good to hear a story told primarily from the point of view of the black maids too and refreshing to hear both sides in all its rawness; the distrust and even hatred on both sides. The book also successfully managed to avoid being sensational or over-egging the pudding. Despite the subject matter (which is so important) the book never feels too heavy or preachy: it is as light as one of Minny¡s famous caramel cakes and aswell as riotously funny and tender.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible book...don't be put off 29 April 2011
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As a bloke I found this a bit of a 'difficult purchase'; It's pitched (quite strongly... and wrongly) as a book for women, which rather does the book a total disservice. Even my wife looked at me oddly and said, "really?" when I made my mind up to buy it. Good leap on my part, that's all I can say!

To any blokes out there who are hesitant, teetering on the edge, this book is *not* a book for women. Nothing of the sort. It's about women. And, in my opinion, it should become compulsory reading in schools. Although it deals with the plight of black maids is 1960s Mississippi it is striking how the stories can still be superimposed over lives even today...and that is frightening. So it's relevant, but also it's funny, sad, shocking, and moving. Don't be fooled (I know I shouldn't have been) by the picture of a pretty blonde on the back cover, you'll discover that Kathryn Stockett's writing is beguiling and captivating. I really couldn't put this book down. The relationships are, at times, uncomfortably revealing, and the characters are so brilliantly crafted you know you're going to miss them at the end...

My wife now wants to read this, and my sister. But they'll have to wait or buy a copy, as I'm going to give it to someone else I know first. Someone I've known for 20 years, who may see himself and the world a little differently after he's read this book. :-D
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207 of 220 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely brilliant! 3 Mar 2010
It is not often I leave reviews, however this book deserves all the praise in the world and more! I have just finished reading this book and I have that empty and sense of loss feeling that comes with finishing a really good book. It is absolutely brilliant, I just couldnt put it down. The author has an amazing ability to transport you into each characters world and envision the stage of the characters. I came to love each character in the book and almost felt like they became my good friends by the last page. The book had me absolutely gripped and had me experience a range of emotions, one minute I was laughing out loud, the next almost in tears. It is very rare that a book be so successful at transporting me so effectively and willingly into the characters world. I really truly enjoyed this wonderful book.
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You will be moved by the different events that take place within this book. The true challenges faced by black women in hard times is amazing. Read more
Published 2 days ago by cbrowne
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I love the way the author has managed to write so many juxtaposing characters in such unique ways, I absolutely loved this book
Published 7 days ago by Anne-Marie Upton
1.0 out of 5 stars Dull
I didn't like this because I found it very difficult reading the dialogue that was written as it was spoken, I find that so unnecessary.
Published 7 days ago by Jenny in London
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One of the best books I have ever read - I could not put it down. Would definitely recommend it
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good to read
This is my second english book and I would say it is a good one to read although the tale is going really slowly for me.
Published 8 days ago by Judit
5.0 out of 5 stars As advertised
Great product and happy to purchase again. Highly recommended and worthwhile investing on this one if this is what your searching for.
Published 10 days ago by IPR Fisher
4.0 out of 5 stars very good
Lovely read :) brought this for my nan and she loved it. Great story and films good too. Very pleased
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Help
Heart felt read from start to finish, I laughed and cried throughout, I couldn't wait to turn the next page
Published 13 days ago by PAMELA RANTIN
5.0 out of 5 stars So eye opening and inspirational
I watched the film first and found out it was based on this book. So glad that I read it! Such an amazing read! Couldn't put it down. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
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Really good book. Better than the film. A must read :) very well written, I really felt for the characters. Couldn't put it down.
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