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The Help

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Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step.

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Consta
Paperback, 451 pages
Published June 5th 2010 by Penguin Books (first published February 10th 2009)
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    Sidney I actually read this amazing book when I was exactly 12 years old, and I believe that it's crucial for children to understand that this actually…moreI actually read this amazing book when I was exactly 12 years old, and I believe that it's crucial for children to understand that this actually happened and it's not pretend. I would absolutely have your daughter read this, the voices are authentic and it perfectly sums up events that occurred during this time period. (less)

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    Meredith Holley
    Apr 30, 2010 marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
    Recommends it for: read Coming of Age in Mississippi instead, please
    Recommended to Meredith by: Linda Harrison, Gibney
    I have this terrible, dreary feeling in my diaphragm area this morning, and I’m not positive what it’s about, but I blame some of it on this book, which I am not going to finish. I have a friend who is mad at me right now for liking stupid stuff, but the thing is that I do like stupid stuff sometimes, and I think it would be really boring to only like smart things. What I don’t like is when smart (or even middle-brained) writers take an important topic and make it petty through guessing about wh ...more
    Sep 22, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
    I was uncomfortable with the tone of the book; I felt that the author played to very stereotypical themes, and gave the characters (especially the African American ones) very inappropriate and obvious voices and structure in terms constructing their mental character. I understand that the author wrote much of this as a result of her experiences growing up in the south in the 1960's, and that it may seem authentic to her, and that she was even trying to be respectful of the people and the time; b ...more
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    Jun 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Recommended to Annalisa by: Jeana Quigley
    Here is an illustrative tale of what it was like to be a black maid during the civil rights movement of the 1960s in racially conflicted Mississippi. There is such deep history in the black/white relationship and this story beautifully shows the complex spectrum, not only the hate, abuse, mistrust, but the love, attachment, dependence.

    Stockett includes this quote by Howell Raines in her personal except at the end of the novel: There is no trickier subject for a writer from the South than that o
    While it was a well-written effort, I didn't find it as breathtaking as the rest of the world. It more or less rubbed me the wrong way. It reads like the musings of a white woman attempting to have an uncomfortable conversation, without really wanting to be uncomfortable. It's incredibly hard to write with integrity about race and be completely honest and vulnerable. The author failed to make me believe she was doing anything beyond a show & tell. And if her intent isn't anything greater, th ...more
    Mar 15, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: novels
    The Kindle DX I ordered is galloping to the rescue today...


    AND, for all the book purists (which would include me), this is a need, rather than a want. Post-several eye surgeries, I'm just plain sick of struggling to read the words on a page.

    However, despite the visual challenges, I read all 451 pages of The Help yesterday. Clearly, the book held my interest. However, I spent last night pondering why the book wasn't as good as my nonstop reading would indicate.

    What was wrong?

    Most of all, I thin
    Nov 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

    “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?”

    Color me surprised. I’m not one to read many historical fictions, especially when they don’t include any fantasy elements. They read like nonfiction, and nonfiction is only good for me if I’m in need of sleep. B-but…

    The Help is different. It doesn’t only describe the life of housemaids, in the second half of the 20th century, in M
    Apr 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: it-is-for-class

    this book and i almost never met. and that would have been tragic. the fault is mostly mine - i mean, the book made no secret of its existence - a billion weeks on the best seller list, every third customer asking for it at work, displays and reviews and people on here praising it to the heavens. it practically spread its legs for me, but i just kept walking. i figured it was something for the ladies, like sex and the city, which i don't have to have ever seen an episode of to know
    “We are just two people. Not that much separates us. Not nearly as much as I'd thought.”

    My favourite book next to Harry Potter. This novel did so many things to me.

    There was lots of crying...



    ...more tears...

    ...and most of all friendship.

    Read it.

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    Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    "I know what a froat is and how to fix it."

    Aibileen Clark knows how to cure childhood illnesses and how to help a young aspiring writer write a regular household-hints column for the local paper. But she's struggling mightily to deal with grief over the death of her 20-something son, and she SURE doesn't think conditions will ever improve for African-American domestic-engineering servants in early-1960s Jackson, Mississippi or anywhere else in the South.

    Aibileen's good friend Minny has been a
    Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I read this book at least 4 years ago, before I began to more consistently use Goodreads... and now I'm going back to ensure I have some level of a review for everything I read. It's only fair... if the author took the time to write it, and I found a few hours to read it... I should share my views so others can decide if it's a good book for them.

    That said... did anyone not love or like this book? I'll have to check out some other people's reviews... And I wonder how many people just watched the

    Posted at Shelf Inflicted

    One of my co-workers, a guy who isn’t much of a reader, borrowed The Help from the library based on his English professor’s recommendation. The guy just couldn’t stop talking about the story, so I decided to borrow the audio book. It’s not very often I get to discuss books with people in real life and I wasn’t going to let this opportunity slip by. Audio books are good for me. I was so engrossed in the story and characters that I drove the speed limit on the highway and
    Salome G
    Jul 10, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
    The story itself: This could have really used a better editor. I didn't understand why the boyfriend character was even in there--he added nothing to the story. In addition, Skeeter keeps telling us that Hilly and Elizabeth are her friends but that's just it--she tells us. We never see why she would want to be friends with either of them, Hilly especially. Other characters were equally unbelievable. All the maids are good people and so gracious to Miss Skeeter, save one. Reading their interactio ...more
    Mar 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: for-kindle, 2011, reviewed
    “It's true. There are some racists in this town,” Miss Leefolt say.
    Miss Hilly nod her head, “Oh, they're out there.”

    Law, this book be good! I’m on tell you how good this book be. Everthing ‘bout this book be good, you gone read this book and you gone see what I’s mean. Law!
    Dana Ilie
    Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: bookclub
    There is a lot to like about this book. It is easy to be drawn in by the storyline and the characters and it’s a pretty fast read. It’s a historical time-period I’ve been really interested, and I thought the portrayal of the events and the relationships were pretty accurately done.

    The characters are really well done – they’re all pretty different and easy to tell apart, and they’re all so likable in their own real, sometimes prickly ways.

    And I was impressed by the fairly even-handedness of the t
    Mar 22, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
    I don't think this could be any more obvious, trite and cliche-ridden. The book's only aim is to make white people feel better about themselves (you know, that same old a-brave-white-lady-savior story you've read and a few dozen times before). Guess it worked. Again.
    Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Recommended to Matt by: Sarah Suzy
    Shelves: audiobook, buddy-read
    Kathryn Stockett has created this wonderful story that depicts life in America’s South during the early 1960s. A mix of humour and social justice, the reader is faced with a powerful piece on which to ponder while remaining highly entertained. In Jackson, Mississippi, the years leading up to the Civil Rights Movement presented a time where colour was a strong dividing line between classes. Black women spent much of their time serving as hired help and raising young white children, while their mo ...more
    Apr 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Recommends it for: Everyone
    Originally, I thought this book should have been retitled The Hype. At least that's what I told my friend. I remember thinking something along the lines of, blah, another story about racism in the old southern days? Must be the chick-lit version of To Kill a Mockingbird. Wow. I was so wrong.

    The Help details the lives of three women living in Jackson, Mississippi, right when the Civil Rights Movement began. There is Skeeter, a twenty-two-year-old aspiring writer who terribly misses her maid, Cons
    Reading Corner
    Sep 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
    The Help is a touching novel that explores the lives of black maids living in the racially unjust, Mississippi in the 1960s, by using the perspective of two black maids and a female, white writer.Minny and Aibileen are the two maids who are close friends and like many other maids, have spent the majority of their life cleaning up after white families and raising their kids.Skeeter is the third character the novel centres around, she fondly remembers her own maid, Constantine but lacks informatio ...more
    Jul 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: canada-and-usa
    This is a powerful story about women's relationships with each other, and how they are affected by race (and class), told from the viewpoints of three women (two black maids and a young white woman). It is set in segregated Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962-64, at the dawn of the civil rights movement, but it's local and domestic, rather than looking at the big picture.

    The first third of the book establishes the main characters and their situation and relationships; the rest of it revolves around a
    Dec 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I done finished this book finally !
    I ain't never seen a book like this lately.
    it were not too long before I seen something in me had changed, reading it ! May be a seed was immediately planted inside a me.

    After finish it I seen a small baby in street. She very much like Mae Mobley Leefolt. When I see her, she laugh, dance a little happy jig. I touch her cheeks, she smile again.
    Then I go to work but find her dancing again weaving her hand !
    I'll try to righ
    Will Byrnes
    Sep 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    The Help is a tale of lines, color, gender and class, in the Jackson, Mississippi of the early 1960s. This is a world in which black women work as domestics in white households and must endure the whims of their employers lest they find themselves jobless, or worse. It is the Jackson, Mississippi where Medgar Evers is murdered, and where spirit and hope are crushed daily. It is the Jackson, Mississippi where Freedom Riders are taken from a bus, a place where segregation and racism are core belie ...more
    Ahmad Sharabiani
    The Help, Kathryn Stockett
    The Help is a 2009 novel by American author Kathryn Stockett. The story is about African Americans working in white households in Jackson, Mississippi, during the early 1960s.
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    “Do you ever wish you could... change things?”
    There are only a few novels that end up in my Home for my heart shelf, i.e. a shortlist of my all-time-favourite books. Those gorgeous prose remind me of limitless imagination, life's trials and tribulations, overcoming overwhelming odds with tenacity, fortitude, kindness, the strength of character, and love; and sometimes, it serves as a personal reminder about that gaping hole that nothing can ever fill. The Help is one of those novels.
    “They say
    Maggie Stiefvater
    Jan 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Recommends it for: everyone and their mum. and their barbers
    Recommended to Maggie by: everyone's mum and their barbers
    Shelves: adult, recommended
    So, it looks like THE HELP is turning out to be one of those novels that I love despite flaws. Nearly everyone in the world knows what this book is about (as I pen this review, it is at #2 in Amazon sales ranking) but I shall reiterate: it’s the story of three women -- two black, one white -- in 1960s Jackson, Mississippi, and how the two black maids work with the one extremely naive white young woman to write a book of their stories as “the help.”

    In the spirit of honesty, I should tell you tha
    May 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: favorites
    Gush, gush, gush, gush, gush! I cannot gush enough about this book.

    The Help, by Kathryn Stockett, follows the lives of three women living in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi. Two of the women, Aibilene and Minny are black, hired as help to wealthy, or trying to appear wealthy, white families. Eugenia, or "Skeeter" as she is called, is a white woman recently graduated from Ole Miss University and trying to become a writer. She is what probably most of us are, kindly ignorant of the world around her. Rai
    Sep 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    An engrossing, vivid, funny, and important book about three women living in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960s. Stockett writes in three first-person voices: 1. a middle-aged black maid who specializes in childcare, 2. a hot-tempered black maid who cares for a once-poor, now-rich white woman, and 3. a white girl who's just graduated from college and is floundering around. The Help is "about" race and feminism, but not in an earnest or heavy-handed way. Story is Stockett's first concern, and Jesus ...more
    Natalie Vellacott
    Oct 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: fiction
    "I know there are plenty of other "colored" things I could do besides telling my stories--the mass meetings in town, the marches in Birmingham, the voting rallies upstate. But truth is, I don't care that much about voting. I don't care about eating at a counter with white people. What I care about is, if in ten years, a white lady will call my girls dirty and accuse them of stealing the silver."

    I watched the movie based on this book a few years ago so when I saw this book at a neighbour's gara
    Ivana - Diary of Difference
    Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: read-in-2017, owned
    This is a book where coloured maids in 1963 are afraid to speak up. This is a book where they gain the courage to tell a white lady what actually happens inside their lives. No one is ready to hear the truth, everyone is scared for their future, but bravery is a strong attire to have, and the maids prove they have what it takes. Lot of courage, lots of excitement, anxiety and me biting my nails over and over again, but definitely book that's worth reading. And definitely a book that will open yo ...more
    Jul 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I've completed 69% of this book on Kindle, and must wait a week to read the rest. Roger is taking my Kindle to Ireland, so I'll be reading a different "real" book this week.
    I LOVE this book, with it being one of my favorite book ever. The Help is well written and well researched, giving unique insight into the black maids living and working in the southern US during the early 60's. As a child growing up in Atlanta, Lillie Frazier came to our house three times a week. She loved and nurtured me in
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    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 for nine years. She currently lives in Atlanta with her husband and daughter. She is working on her second novel.
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