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The Help by Kathryn Stockett
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The Help (2009)

by Kathryn Stockett

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Proper review to be added later this week. ( )
  SarahHayes | Feb 20, 2017 |
I don't know how I missed this when it first came out, but I'm glad I found it. ( )
  maryhollis | Feb 20, 2017 |
THE HELP BY KATHRYN STOCKETT taker the reader back to the sixties in Mississippi. A time where segregation was the norm and Martin Luther King's famous march in Selma AL is about to happen. New college graduate Euphina Phelan who is white has questions. Questions like where is Constantine the black maid of the Phelan house? No one will give her the answer so she sets out on her own to find out one way or another. With the help of two black maids Minnie and Aibileen she gets her answers and more.
Euphina is writing a book, a book about what it is like to be black in Mississippi & what the maids and all blacks deal with. Everything from listening to white people talk about black diseases to having to use a bathroom for blacks only to having to go to black doctors at black hospitals, black libraries,black grocery stores and more. The covers of discrimination are being tossed back and the picture is NOT pretty, and its a white woman who's doing it!

I loved this book! The characters are right out of the pages of the early sixties. So real you can reach out and touch them! ( )
  DDJTJ1 | Feb 13, 2017 |
Great book! A page-turner and fun to read, while dealing with plenty of weighty subjects. When I turned the last page I was sad to say good-bye to the characters I had come to love. Highly recommended! ( )
  janb37 | Feb 13, 2017 |
I loved this book. I raced through it in four days and it was as good as my friends and sister said it was. It reads as a lighter, entertaining novel, but after sitting with it some more - you realize how deftly Stockett explored a lot of complex ideas.

My one complaint deals with the end, so rest is spoiler.

I felt like Stockett, for whatever reason (boredom, pressure, etc) rushed through the last chapters when the book comes out. I remember that we kind of wrap up Skeeter's and Minny's threads all at once - and then a few pages later we've wrapped up Aibelene's - and the book ends. I wanted more time with the book being released and the untangling that environment, and less time probably with the "hurry up and wait" once the writing was finished.

I also feel like the Minny/Celia relationship just kind of ended oddly too. One minute Minny is confiding in Celia, Celia thanks her - and that's the last we see of them talking. I would have loved that to have had some more. Especially more Celia. The drama between her and the other Jackson housewives was more interesting to me than the drama between Skeeter and Hilly, which got most of the attention.
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  corywa | Feb 9, 2017 |
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This is fun stuff, well-written and often applause-worthy. My only problem with The Help is that, in the end, it’s not really about the help.
 
I finished The Help in one sitting and enjoyed it very, very much. It’s wise, literate, and ultimately deeply moving, a careful, heartbreaking novel of race and family that digs a lot deeper than most novels on such subjects do.
 
As black-white race relations go, this could be one of the most important pieces of fiction since To Kill a Mockingbird... If you read only one book this summer, let this be it.
 
“Mississippi is like my mother,” [Stockett] writes in an afterword to “The Help.” And you will see, after your wrestling match with this problematic but ultimately winning novel, that when it comes to the love-hate familial bond between Ms. Stockett and her subject matter, she’s telling the truth.
 
Her pitch-perfect depiction of a country's gradual path toward integration will pull readers into a compelling story that doubles as a portrait of a country struggling with racial issues.
 

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Kathryn Stockettprimary authorall editionscalculated
Campbell, CassandraNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Carlsen, MonicaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gram, CathrinIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ingrid VollanIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lamia, JennaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To Grandaddy Stockett, the best storyteller of all
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Mae Mobley was born on a early Sunday morning in August, 1960.
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De bus jakkert door State Street. We steken de Woodrow Wilson Bridge over en ik klem m'n kaken zo stijf op mekaar dat m'n tanden zowat breken. Ik voel dat bittere zaadje groeien in m'n binnenste, 't zaadje dat is geplant toen Treelore dood ging. Ik wil 't liefst zo hard gillen dat Baby Girl me kan horen dat smerig geen kleur is, dat ziekte niet de zwarte kant van de stad is. Ik wil voorkomen dat 't moment komt- en 't komt in 't leven van elk blank kind- dat ze begint te denken dat zwarten slechter zijn als blanken.
I always thought insanity would be a dark, bitter feeling, but it is drenching and delicious if you really roll around in it.
My face goes hot, my tongue twitchy.  I don't know what to say to her.  All I know is, I ain't saying it.  And I know she ain't saying what she want a say either and it's a strange thing happening here cause nobody saying nothing and we still managing to have us a conversation.
"Can't afford no air-conditioning. Them things eat currant like a boll weevil on cotton."
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Passionnant drôle et émouvant , La couleur des sentiments a conquis l'Amériques avec ses personnages inoubliables .Une jeune bourgeoise blanche et deux bonnes noires . Personne ne croiraient à leur amitié; moins encore la toléraient . Pourtant , poussées par une sourde envie de changer les choses , malgré la peur , elles vont unir leurs destins , et en grand secret écrire une histoire bouleversante . THE LIFE STORIES OF AFRICAN AMERICAN MAIDS LIVING IN ALABAMA BEFORE AND DURING THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT.
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Black women raise kids/of white women who make them/use separate toilets (LC Brooks)

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0399155341, Hardcover)

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 Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody’s business, but she can’t mind her tongue, so she’s lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.

Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women—mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends—view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don’t.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:05:15 -0400)

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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.… (more)

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