The Help

The Help

Book - 2009
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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.
Publisher: Camberwell, Vic. : Fig Tree, 2009.
ISBN: 9781905490431
Branch Call Number: FIC STOC
Characteristics: 451 p. ; 23 cm.


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Infolass Oct 11, 2011

I loved this book. From many perspectives, US South history in the early 1960s, place and expectation of women in the worth, both white and black at the time. Motherhood, friendship, place in society. Men seem to skim the edges in this. A gret book to share with others. I highly recommend.

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Sep 26, 2018

This book, and the movie, brought back memories of the black woman who used to clean our house and look after me when my family lived in Richmond, Virginia! Her name was Geraldine, and she was like a second mother to me, but fortunately my mother had more time for me than Bryce Dallas Howard's character did for her daughter! My mom would have never even thought of treating Geraldine the way those white women treated their black housekeepers!

Sep 25, 2018

I LOVED this book. We had this among others as a choice for freshman summer reading and I do not regret my decision. It took me only 3 days to read, and even though I usually have trouble finding the motivation to read, I could not put this one down. Highly recommend!

Jul 11, 2018

1962 Jackson, Mississippi – Mix socialites, hired black maids and a a young ambitious woman who wants to write a tell-all book about life in Jackson. Unforgettable characters and one of my favorite books. Don’t forget to watch the movie too!

Jun 25, 2018

Uncomfortable with the "white savior" trope. Historically accurate perhaps, but how did the maids feel about this woman coming in to mediate their experiences?

Beatricksy Jun 23, 2018

This audiobook is such a delight. It's wonderfully read by three very distinct and charming voices that aren't afraid to launch themselves at the warm, funny, scary human element. They laugh, they choke, they gasp. It gives the story such life and fascination. I have no idea what it looks like on the page, but when read out loud this book has an intenseness to it that makes it very hard to stop listening. If you have a long drive ahead of you, as we did, it's an excellent choice for just about everyone in the car.

ArapahoeMaryA Mar 28, 2018

This entertaining, yet controversial, historical fiction by Kathryn Stockett sparks an important debate about racism, making it an excellent choice for book clubs. Not in a book club? Read it for yourself – it’s engaging, superbly characterized, occasionally funny, and deeply moving.

Feb 10, 2018

This is a very well-written, moving story set during the emergence of the civil rights movement. I definitely recommend it.

Jan 24, 2018

This has been favorite book ever! It's a must read especially before you watch the movie!! This author did a phenomenal job of character development and keeping my interest from the first to last page!

MVBOOKCLUB Jul 29, 2017

A Great Book Club discussion! Perfect selection for Black History Month.

Jul 20, 2017

The Help is a wonderful book that everyone should read. It's the kind of book that makes you care so much about the characters that you have to keep reading. The Help mentions historical people, such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks, and uses actual places to recreate a period in American history that feels absolutely real. You genuinely will love the three main characters and all of their flaws. If you want to read about human compassion and determination though unfair and hard times, I strongly recommend you read this book. 
- @BookThief of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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ArapahoeMaryA Mar 28, 2018

You is kind. You is smart. You is important.

I'd cry, if only I had the time to do it.

Jun 27, 2016

"You is kind, you is smart, you is important."

Feb 11, 2016

"If I'd played Mammy, I'd of told Scarlett to stick those green draperies up her white little pooper." --And this is partly how we meet Minny in Chapters 3 and 4.

"You is kind, You is smart, You is important."

“Ever morning, until you dead in the ground, you gone have to make this decision. You gone have to ask yourself, "Am I gone believe what them fools say about me today?”
― Kathryn Stockett, The Help

bookreader1001 Apr 08, 2014

You is kind. You is smart. You is important.”
― Kathryn Stockett, The Help

Sep 21, 2012

“I always thought insanity would be a dark, bitter feeling, but it is drenching and delicious if you really roll around in it.”
― Kathryn Stockett, The Help

TShura_Biggers Jul 31, 2012

" I might not remember my name but i do remember 2 things. My daughter putting me in a nursing home and you eating shit "

Jul 17, 2012

I'm sorry, but were you dropped on your head as an infant?

shaniserobinson May 29, 2012

"you is kind you is smart you is important"

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Feb 03, 2016

In the 1960's taking place in Jackson Mississippi, The most unlikely people become friends. Eugenia Phelan (aka Skeeter), Minny Jackson , and Aibileen, one white woman and two black. Together, through the craziest things possible, they take a risk... To make a change.

Jul 28, 2015

Skeeter is a white woman, Aibileen and Minny are black women and maids for other white women. They work together to write a book about the life of black maids working for the white women in Jackson, Mississippi.

Jun 17, 2014

Very entertaining and eye opening.

NLewis226 Jul 25, 2012

Set in Mississippi during the 1960s, Skeeter is a southern girl who returns from college determined to become a writer, but turns her friends lives and a Mississippi town upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families. Aibileen, Skeeter's best friend's housekeeper, is the first to open up to the dismay of her friends in the tight black town. Despite Skeeter lifelong friendships hanging in the balance, she and Aibileen continue their plan and soon more maids decides to tell their stories. It turns out, they have a lot to say. Along the way, unlikely friendships are forged and a new sisterhood emerges, but not before everyone in town has a thing or two to say themselves when they become caught up in the changing times

Jun 01, 2011

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home with a degree from Ole Miss , but her mother won't be happy until she has a ring on her finger. Aibileen is a black maid , a wise , regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Minny , Aibileen's best friend , can cook like nobody's business , but she can't mind her tongue so she can't keep a job . It's 1962 , and these three ordinary women are about to take one extra-ordinary step that forever changes a town and the way women-mothers , daughters , caregivers , friends- view one another.


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