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Darlene Almer, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Darlene Almer)
A real keeper! Lived the way the characters interact and really come to life. Runs the gamut of emotions from laugh out loud to tears running down your face. People who have seen the movie will find that it stays quite true to the written story so I recommend you both read this book and watch the movie. The writing lets you really get to know who each character is and how they are each an integral part if the story. The time period in the book was one of much turmoil and change in our country and is very interesting and thought provoking. I recommend this book wholeheartedly!
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txcoby, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by txcoby)
This is such a good book! It is packed with emotion. The characters are wonderful.
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Book Worm Karen, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Book Worm Karen)
I loved the book! Saw the movie as well but as is most times the way, the book was far better than the movie!
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Very well written and captivating.And though it is from a 'white' perspective, which is problematic from a historical sense, it is very readable and entertaining.
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A great book to help our daughters understand the responsibility of building relationships and the surprises that follow.
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ISBN:
9780425245132
Author:
Stockett, Kathryn
Publisher:
Berkley Trade
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Publication Date:
20110628
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
544
Dimensions:
8.35 x 5.18 x 1.19 in 0.91 lb

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Product details 544 pages Berkley Trade - English 9780425245132 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Kathryn Stockett's characters aren't just memorable — they're the kind you start to miss the minute you turn the last page. Set in Mississippi in 1962, they speak from a world careening toward great and long-overdue change, in voices resonating with frustration, grief, humor, and hope.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"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)
"Review" by , "It's graceful and real, a compulsively readable story of three women who watch the Mississippi ground shifting beneath their feet as the words of men like Martin Luther King Jr. and Bob Dylan pervade their genteel town. When folks at your book club wonder what to read next month, go on and pitch this wholly satisfying novel with confidence. A-"
"Review" by , "[A] wise, poignant novel....You'll catch yourself cheering out loud."
"Review" by , "[A] story with heart and hope....A good old fashioned novel"
"Review" by , "I 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."
"Review" by , "The Help by Kathryn Stockett is a story that made me weep as I rejoiced for each of humanity's small but steady triumphs over hate and fear. I will never forget this wonderful book."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "This heartbreaking story is a stunning debut from a gifted talent."
"Review" by , "This book was sitting on my desk and everyone kept coming in and when they'd see it they'd gush about it, 'I love this book.' So, I brought it home and it didn't disappoint. It's very much a book like you would imagine Oprah would pick for her book club. Set in the early sixties, it's about female friendship and race relations and it's heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time."
"Review" by , "Set in the rural South of the 1960s, 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 keen eye for character, a wicked sense of humor, the perfect timing of a natural born storyteller — 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 — no stock villains or pious heroines here. I'm becoming an evangelist for The Help. Don't miss this wise and astonishing debut."
"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.
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