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Kathryn Stockett

Author of The Help

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Kathryn Stockett was born in 1969 in Mississippi. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in English and Creative Writing. She soon got a job in magazine marketing and publishing in New York City. She became famous in 2009 with her debut novel, The Help. Her book tells the story show more of African-American Maids working in white households in Jackson Mississippi during the 1960's. It sold over ten million copies and spent more than 100 weeks on The New York Times Best Seller List. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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The Help in Orange January/July (February 2012)


Beautiful, satisfying story with rich characters. I cried just five minutes into the audiobook, then cried another 10 times at least before the end. The Help is going on my list of favorite books.

That being said, The Help should not be treated as an accurate portrayal of the black experience in America. I know lots of people are interested in reading more about race/racism right now - this book won't serve that purpose. The author is white, after all. And it's a piece of fiction which does not claim to be historically accurate. But I promise it's still 100% worth the read.… (more)
boopingaround | 1,486 other reviews | Mar 6, 2024 |
Wow. Love the movie, but the book is better. Great story of fighting back and overcoming. Also - really funny despite being an overall grief stricken and sad story.
ZL10 | 1,486 other reviews | Mar 1, 2024 |
This was a really good book, as far as explaining what life was like for "colored" women in the 1960s Mississippi. However, I would have liked to feel more fear--there is a happy ending, too much so, that I think was written because that's what the reader would have wanted. It's not the true-to-lifeness that Stockett tries to portray; no hopelessness, no terrifying sense of everything closing in on you. The women from whose point of view this book takes are not in horribly bad situations. No, they are not treated equally, but they are in households where they are not abused physically or verbally--they are either ignored or taken advantage of. Had Stockett taken the viewpoint of one of the other maids who lend their voice to the book written by Skeeter and Aibileen, in addition to Aibileen and Minny, this book might have produced the feeling of fear and terror. As it is, we see some of the actions taken by "coloreds" after the blinding beating of a black man after he accidentally uses a white bathroom and the death or Medgar Evers, but we never see it truly affect the two maids, who knew the families but only think about what happened when something else bad happens--which really isn't often.

Otherwise, I really enjoyed Stockett's writing style and the detail she put in describing the homes the maids worked in and their relationships with their employers. I would love to read a sequel to this to find out what happens to Aibileen and Mae Mobley, Minnie and Miss Celia, and especially Skeeter and Hilly.
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BrandyWinn | 1,486 other reviews | Feb 2, 2024 |


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