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The Help

Kathryn Stockett

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The wildly popular New York Times bestseller and reading group favorite

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...

Publishers Weekly Review

Dec 01, 2008 – What perfect timing for this optimistic, uplifting debut novel (and maiden publication of Amy Einhorn's new imprint) set during the nascent civil rights movement in Jackson, Miss., where black women were trusted to raise white children but not to polish the household silver. Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan is just home from college in 1962, and, anxious to become a writer, is advised to hone her chops by writing “about what disturbs you.” The budding social activist begins to collect the stories of the black women on whom the country club sets relies—and mistrusts—enlisting the help of Aibileen, a maid who's raised 17 children, and Aibileen's best friend Minny, who's found herself unemployed more than a few times after mouthing off to her white employers. The book Skeeter puts together based on their stories is scathing and shocking, bringing pride and hope to the black community, while giving Skeeter the courage to break down her personal boundaries and pursue her dreams. Assured and layered, full of heart and history, this one has bestseller written all over it.

Customer Reviews

Unexpectedly brilliant

I was unprepared for how amazing this book turned out to be. When I had finished reading it I was sad. Not because of how it ended, which can happen with a lot of books these days, they start off well but by the end one is ready to fling them across the room in disgust or pat it on it's proverbial head because you feel bad for it. No, I was sad merely because it was over and I had read it too quickly and should have paced myself.

The characters are wonderful and there are so many moments where I laughed out loud. Kathryn Stockett's narrative is wonderful.

I am so looking forward to her next book.

Can't stop reading

Fantastic story, I would never take the time to write a review, but this story gives me the feeling of reading a book during my teenage years. I am no teenager anymore! I hope the writer would keep on writing and give us more of this! Liking this story has nothing to do with my iPad and yes, I love it too.

The Help

Better than I ever expected.

The Help
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  • $8.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Literary
  • Published: Feb 10, 2009
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
  • Print Length: 544 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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