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ISBN13: 9780425232200
ISBN10: 0425232204
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Awards

Puddlys 2011 2011and 2012 Puddly Awards for Fiction

The Rooster 2010 Morning News Tournament of Books Nominee

Review-A-Day

"In her tale of an aspiring white writer in 1960s Mississippi who decides to secretly compile the untold stories of black domestic workers, Kathryn Stockett attempts to work out her own complicated feelings about race relations in her native South. She throws herself into the attempt with gusto and gravitas, a risk that pays off to a point: The Help is buoyant in its most sober moments, occasionally insightful. Skeeter Phelan is a misfit, a 24-year-old college grad growing uneasy with the social hierarchies of home; the two black women who risk their lives and livelihoods to help collect the interviews she seeks, Aibileen and Minny, are sympathetically if somewhat predictably drawn. Yet the buoyancy often undermines the book's more serious intentions; ultimately, The Help can't decide if it's modern Faulkner or pop lit with some racial lessons thrown in for fiber." Erin Aubry Kaplan, Ms. magazine (read the entire Ms. review)

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

“A haunting peek at the life of a teenage girl in 1950s New Orleans.”--Entertainment Weekly

Its 1950, and as the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets, seventeen-year-old Josie Moraine is silently stirring a pot of her own. Known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer. She devises a plan get out, but a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie tangled in an investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her mother, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam on Conti Street.

Josie is caught between the dream of an elite college and a clandestine underworld. New Orleans lures her in her quest for truth, dangling temptation at every turn, and escalating to the ultimate test.

With characters as captivating as those in her internationally bestselling novel Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys skillfully creates a rich story of secrets, lies, and the haunting reminder that decisions can shape our destiny.

Praise for OUT OF THE EASY

“Sepetys writes with rawness and palpable emotional unease…the stakes are momentous.”--The New York Times Book Review

“Street-smart, literary and compassionate… Atmospheric and assured…nicely paced novel.”--Wall Street Journal

* "A surefire winner. Immensely satisfying."--Kirkus, starred review

New York Times bestseller

An Amazon Best Book of the Year 2013

A Kirkus Best Book of 2014

A Goodreads Best Young Adult Fiction Book of 2013

Yalsa Best Fiction for Young Adults nomination

Carnegie Medal Finalist

 

 

Review:

Southern whites' guilt for not expressing gratitude to the black maids who raised them threatens to become a familiar refrain. But don't tell Kathryn Stockett because her first novel is a nuanced variation on the theme that strikes every note with authenticity. In a page-turner that brings new resonance to the moral issues involved, she spins a story of social awakening as seen from both sides of the... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Synopsis:

In Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962, there are lines that are not crossed. With the civil rights movement exploding all around them, three women start a movement of their own, forever changing a town and the way women--black and white, mothers and daughters--view one another.

Synopsis:

The beloved and bestselling novel and winner of the Booker Prize, Life of Pi, now in a trade paperback edition with cover art from the major motion picture directed by Ang Lee, set for release in November 2012

Synopsis:

MORE THAN SEVEN MILLION COPIES SOLD

New York Times Bestseller * Los Angeles Times Bestseller * Washington Post Bestseller * San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller * Chicago Tribune Bestseller

"A story to make you believe in the soul-sustaining power of fiction."—Los Angeles Times Book Review

After the sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild blue Pacific. The only survivors from the wreck are a sixteen-year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a wounded zebra, an orangutan—and a 450-pound royal bengal tiger. The scene is set for one of the most extraordinary and beloved works of fiction in recent years.

Universally acclaimed upon publication, Life of Pi is a modern classic.

Synopsis:

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Listen to an excerpt from the audiobook.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...

About the Author

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 nine years. This is her first novel.

What Our Readers Are Saying

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DebZ, March 3, 2012 (view all comments by DebZ)
I read many appalling things in this book; my mouth literally dropped open a few times. I found myself often considering how cruel people can be, in all kinds of situations. But, I laughed, too - out loud. I found the dialect sticking with me throughout the day; I would stand at the sink doing dishes and "hear" Minny and Aibileen. I do not pretend to be fluent in any Southern dialect but thought the author did a fine job of keeping it consistent. I'm sure the situation was much, much worse for many at that time but that this offered a good balance of the good and the bad within individuals trying to co-exist. I think the book has done a good service. Also, it was well-written and flowed impeccably well. The book did what I expect any good book to do: it entertained me while running me through a gamut of emotions.
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tina blacksmith, March 1, 2012 (view all comments by tina blacksmith)
I'm not even done with this book (still have a little over 100 pages left) but it is such a good book. Stockett did such a good job of displaying the emotions that these people had to have felt back then. Excellent read!!
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fritter, January 31, 2012 (view all comments by fritter)
This book makes a point that one person seeing injustice can change it with the help of other courageous people.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780425232200
Author:
Stockett, Kathryn
Publisher:
Berkley Publishing Group
Author:
Various
Author:
Sepetys, Ruta
Author:
Martel, Yann
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Historical - United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Movie or Television Tie-In
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20110431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.66 lb
Age Level:
18-17

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Product details 352 pages Berkley Trade - English 9780425232200 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "In her tale of an aspiring white writer in 1960s Mississippi who decides to secretly compile the untold stories of black domestic workers, Kathryn Stockett attempts to work out her own complicated feelings about race relations in her native South. She throws herself into the attempt with gusto and gravitas, a risk that pays off to a point: The Help is buoyant in its most sober moments, occasionally insightful. Skeeter Phelan is a misfit, a 24-year-old college grad growing uneasy with the social hierarchies of home; the two black women who risk their lives and livelihoods to help collect the interviews she seeks, Aibileen and Minny, are sympathetically if somewhat predictably drawn. Yet the buoyancy often undermines the book's more serious intentions; ultimately, The Help can't decide if it's modern Faulkner or pop lit with some racial lessons thrown in for fiber." (read the entire Ms. review)
"Synopsis" by , In Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962, there are lines that are not crossed. With the civil rights movement exploding all around them, three women start a movement of their own, forever changing a town and the way women--black and white, mothers and daughters--view one another.
"Synopsis" by ,
The beloved and bestselling novel and winner of the Booker Prize, Life of Pi, now in a trade paperback edition with cover art from the major motion picture directed by Ang Lee, set for release in November 2012
"Synopsis" by , MORE THAN SEVEN MILLION COPIES SOLD

New York Times Bestseller * Los Angeles Times Bestseller * Washington Post Bestseller * San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller * Chicago Tribune Bestseller

"A story to make you believe in the soul-sustaining power of fiction."—Los Angeles Times Book Review

After the sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild blue Pacific. The only survivors from the wreck are a sixteen-year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a wounded zebra, an orangutan—and a 450-pound royal bengal tiger. The scene is set for one of the most extraordinary and beloved works of fiction in recent years.

Universally acclaimed upon publication, Life of Pi is a modern classic.

"Synopsis" by ,

Visit www.penguin.com for the latest news, tour information and more.

Listen to an excerpt from the audiobook.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...

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