The Help

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Penguin, Feb 10, 2009 - Fiction - 464 pages
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The #1 New York Times bestselling novel and basis for the Academy Award-winning film—a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don’t—nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.

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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I went back and forth between 4 and 5 stars and decided to round it on up to 5. Yes, there were some plot points that I thought were just too obviously tossed in to advance certain arcs but beside ... Read full review

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I needed a book that was full of hope and this one ended up being just what I needed at the time. I'd heard about the controversy surrounding the racial issues so I was a bit on guard when I first ... Read full review

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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 and marketing for sixteen years. She currently lives in Atlanta with her husband and daughter.

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