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The Help (2009)

by Kathryn Stockett

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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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    DDay: This recommendation might be a little out there, but this book is about a white couple in NYC who hire a young black woman to be their nanny. It's modern look at the issue of race and the role of domestic workers in a family. Sort of a chance to see how things have changed since the 60s and what issues are still present.… (more)
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  BooksInMirror | Feb 19, 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. ( )
  BrandyWinn | Feb 2, 2024 |
Debut novel. Excellent book about a white woman in ?60?s Missippi gathering stories of maids working in white peoples? homes.
  bentstoker | Jan 26, 2024 |
I liked it but I can't help but think it was a little over-hyped. It's really hard to believe that so many people could be so completly hypocritical but I'm also sure that plenty of people still think this way. I wasn't crazy about how it was written in dialect either but I did find it an easy read and towards the end it was a real page-turner. I'm still trying to decide if Minny reall did what she said to the pie or if she just acted like she did. ( )
  hmonkeyreads | Jan 25, 2024 |
The audiobook version of this is fantastic. I liked it even more than the print book. ( )
  Greenfrog342 | Jan 22, 2024 |
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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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Beck, LauraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Campbell, CassandraNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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Black women raise kids/of white women who make them/use separate toilets (LC Brooks)

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