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The Help by Kathryn Stockett
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The Help (original 2009; edition 2011)

by Kathryn Stockett (Author)

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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.
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Title:The Help
Authors:Kathryn Stockett (Author)
Info:Berkley (2011), Edition: Media Tie In, Reissue, 544 pages
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The Help by Kathryn Stockett (2009)

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Stockett is one hell of a good storyteller. I find that I am still thinking about her characters and their lives, and can't help but wish for a sequel equally as moving, to tell us what happens to these people we have come to care about, particularly Miss Mae Mobley. ( )
  Mona07452 | Oct 23, 2020 |
Another one that I own, but haven't bothered to pick up,
  ewarrington | Oct 23, 2020 |
This book is a must-read. It captures why race relations, particularly in the US, are so complicated, and treats everybody with the dignity of their humanity. ( )
  askannakarenina | Sep 16, 2020 |
For as much as I was engrossed in it when I was reading it, I felt strangely empty when I was done. I felt like another reviewer did, that it didn't hit hard enough. ( )
  JenniferElizabeth2 | Aug 25, 2020 |
I enjoyed this book immensely, in part because of my own childhood upbringing in the 1960s and 1970s in southern Illinois, with a mother and other family from the deep South. The book's amazing immersion into the culture of that region and time period, and even the dialects, took me back home. I didn't grow up in a family with a black maid, so I can't identify with that. But this story takes you into a unique perspective of that era and I personally wrestled with ever putting down the book down (which I read on my handy little Nook, by the way). I want to read it again because I know I'll get even more out of the second reading. The characters are rich and varied in their personalities and desires and, despite the heavy context of the story, there are some very entertaining moments. The plot keeps you hooked to find out what will happen as a group of maids secretly tell what their lives are like working for white families in a period when speaking out could be quite devastating. Stockett skillfully captures some of the complexities of black-white relationships back then. I felt this complexity in a variety of ways while I grew up but have never been able to articulate it. I thank this author for stepping out there with this work. ( )
  jjpseattle | Aug 2, 2020 |
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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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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."
Constantine wrote to me on parchment paper that folded into an envelope.
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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.

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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)

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