Bookclub-In-a-Box Discusses the Help, by Kathryn Stockett: The Complete Guide for Readers and Leaders

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Bookclub-in-a-Box, Aug 1, 2011 - Literary Criticism - 85 pages
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It is 1962 in Jackson, Mississippi, and 22-year-old Skeeter has just graduated from Ole Miss. She comes home with a diploma, but no husband, in a world where her friends are all married and raising children, with the help of their black maids. At a time and place where the ideal white woman is petite with carefully groomed straight hair and even more carefully groomed manners, Skeeter is tall and outspoken, with wild and curly hair. Her mother wants Skeeter to wed; Skeeter wants to be a journalist. With the help of Aibileen and Minny, two of the town s black maids willing to share their stories for the greater good, Skeeter sets out to write a book telling the maids stories from their point of view. But in Jackson, where a black boy is blinded for accidentally using a whites only bathroom, and Civil Rights activist Medgar Evers is shot in his driveway in front of his children, this is a dangerous undertaking. They must work in secret to protect their project, their jobs, and even their lives. Every Bookclub-in-a-Box discussion guide includes complete coverage of the themes and symbols, writing style and interesting background information on the novel and the author, as well as a complementary RAG (Read-Along-Guide), a quick reference pamphlet offering interesting facts and questions to consider while reading the novel.
  

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Contents

READERS AND LEADERS GUIDE
4
INTRODUCTION
6
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
13
CHARACTERIZATION
24
FOCUS POINTS AND THEMES
36
WRITING STYLE AND STRUCTURE
49
SYMBOLS
58
LAST THOUGHTS
65
FROM THE NOVEL QUOTES
74
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
83
Copyright

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Marilyn Herbert, the creator of Bookclub-in-a-Box, located in Toronto, Canada, is an international speaker and writer. As a former teacher and school librarian, she adapts her education skills to the effective and thought-provoking consideration of literary fiction and film. Bookclub-in-a-Box has over fifty published guides for contemporary novels. The company was established in 2002 and has an international customer base and subscriber list. Our discussion guides offer an interactive, yet educational, platform for interpreting and enjoying modern fiction. They are ideal for use by book club members, teachers, students, and all readers. Rona Arato is an award-winning children's author, teacher, and freelance writer. She has written eleven children's books. Her articles have appeared in newspapers and magazines in Canada, the United States, and England.

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