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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.

Product Details:
Author: Kathryn Stockett
Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam
Publication Date: February 10, 2009
Language: English
ISBN: 0399155341
Package Length: 9.1 inches
Package Width: 6.9 inches
Package Height: 1.7 inches
Package Weight: 1.4 pounds
Average Customer Rating: based on 1232 reviews
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4The Help  Dec 11, 2009
Loved this book. I read it over a year ago and I am glad that it has cought on.

5A Perfectly Marvelous Book!  Dec 11, 2009
This beautful book is engrossing from beginning to end as three women, two colored and one white, embark on a brave but risky journey that explores the mind-set of many people in the deep South. Although it's hard to believe such things could go on in America the story takes place in 1962, the start of the Civil Rights Movement, in Jackson, Mississippi and the Jim Crow segregation laws are still very much in effect.

When 22-year-old Skeeter Phelan, who has just graduated from Ole Miss, returns home and finds her beloved maid Constantine, who raised her, has mysteriously disappeared and no one can tell her where she'd gone, Skeeter begins to wonder--is it time for a change?
She decides to write about the colored help in the South, those women who spend their lives raising white people's children for very little money and are often subjected to abuse. She asks Abileen, a smart, dignified black woman, who works as a maid, and is raising her 17th white child, and Abileen's sassy, opinionated friend Minnie, who also works as a maid, to help her. As these three embark on a secret project, writing a book about maids in the South, that is dangerous and will put them at great risk if discovered, they're frightened, but go ahead, knowing in their hearts it's worth it. This is a wise beautiful book that not only makes you chuckle in spots but also breaks your heart in places, as it fills you with hope and the indomitable triumph of the human spirit.

5Such a vivid depiction of life in the 50s and 60s in the South.  Dec 11, 2009
This book is amazing. I grew up in Alabama and although I was not even a thought during the 1960s, my mother used to tell me stories about segregation in her schools, the fights and slander over race. This book gives a view of the life of the maid that many people do not think of. That is what makes this book unique. A friend had told me about the book and at first I thought, "that sounds boring," but as soon as I started reading it I couldn't put it down. I guess that is the irony of the book itself. And if you haven't read it yet, you will not understand what I mean until you do.

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4Refreshing  Dec 10, 2009
I know it is a winner when I am left wishing that I could meet the characters!

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5One of the greats  Dec 10, 2009
This book is so amazingly written it takes your breath away. The author achieved almost impossible - writing in three distinctive, powerful voices while maintaining their true identity and making us feel we are reading three different books with the same plot.

Unfortunately, nowadays, we don't think or want to know enough about those times of segragation and civil rights movement. Yet, it all happened in our lifetime. To see how far we've come is important, and we should remember and keep this book as a reminder.

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