The Help

The Help

Book - 2009
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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.
Publisher: New York : Amy Einhorn Books/G.P. Putnam's Sons c2009.
ISBN: 9780399155345
Characteristics: 451 p. ; 24 cm.


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Jul 29, 2020

I forgot to add this to my Completed list. Mary B gave this to me, and it took coronavirus for me to read it. Liked it better than I thought I would, but didn't love it.

Apr 16, 2020

Kathryn Stockett’s The Help is an eye-opening book that follows the lives of two Black maids and one White woman in Jackson, Mississippi during the Civil Rights Movement.
After researching about The Help, I found that the book faced a lot of controversy amid the Black population due to its supposed promotion of “white saviourism”. However as I read the book, it seemed as though Stockett was encouraging White people to use their privileges in the proper manner and help minority groups. It also promotes equality by the way the characters were written; the relationships between the main characters, Aibileen, Minny, and Skeeter are fluid despite their differences in society and through this, the book sends a message of togetherness. The Help is a must-read book for everyone.
I rate this book ⅘ stars and recommend it to readers ages 12+.
@ilovefood of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Dec 05, 2019

I concur with the others - The Help is an engrossing page turner that grabs you by the heart.

Nov 20, 2019

Definitely a must read, I love this book.

Abbott Messer
Apr 13, 2019

This is my all time favourite book. I reread it countless times. It took me through a rollercoaster of emotions- I couldn’t skip a page.

Mar 26, 2019

I listened to the audiobook of this. It was fantastic! I really loved the heart behind the book. I've never had a maid and I've never worked as one and I certainly don't know much about what it was like to live in Mississippi in the 60's. I think this book did a great job of explaining what it would be like so I could understand things I wouldn't have ever thought of. I've read that this book is complete fiction, so I would be very interested in something that was based off of facts. I very much enjoy learning about civil rights and trying to understand injustices I've never experienced. I would recommend this book! It is also inspiring to make you want to write as well.

Mar 01, 2019

Such a great book! Really captures the heart of the south during that time. Laughed and cried and will always count this as a favorite!

Feb 19, 2019

sooo good! laughed and cried. hope the movie doesn't ruin it!

Nov 07, 2018

Engrossing novel about black women working as maids for white women in the South in the 1960s-70s. It's hard to imagine--at least for me--how appalling some of the white women were, so this book is a good lesson on how difficult it was for blacks then and sometimes now. The author does a great job of humanizing her characters, who come alive on the book's pages. Highly recommended.

Sep 26, 2018

This book, and the movie, brought back memories of the black woman who used to clean our house and look after me when my family lived in Richmond, Virginia! Her name was Geraldine, and she was like a second mother to me, but fortunately my mother had more time for me than Bryce Dallas Howard's character did for her daughter! My mom would have never even thought of treating Geraldine the way those white women treated their black housekeepers!

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ArapahoeMaryA Mar 28, 2018

You is kind. You is smart. You is important.

I'd cry, if only I had the time to do it.

Jun 27, 2016

"You is kind, you is smart, you is important."

Feb 11, 2016

"If I'd played Mammy, I'd of told Scarlett to stick those green draperies up her white little pooper." --And this is partly how we meet Minny in Chapters 3 and 4.

"You is kind, You is smart, You is important."

“Ever morning, until you dead in the ground, you gone have to make this decision. You gone have to ask yourself, "Am I gone believe what them fools say about me today?”
― Kathryn Stockett, The Help

bookreader1001 Apr 08, 2014

You is kind. You is smart. You is important.”
― Kathryn Stockett, The Help

Sep 21, 2012

“I always thought insanity would be a dark, bitter feeling, but it is drenching and delicious if you really roll around in it.”
― Kathryn Stockett, The Help

Aug 24, 2012

"You is kind, You is smart, You is important."

TShura_Biggers Jul 31, 2012

" I might not remember my name but i do remember 2 things. My daughter putting me in a nursing home and you eating shit "

Jul 17, 2012

I'm sorry, but were you dropped on your head as an infant?

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Feb 03, 2016

In the 1960's taking place in Jackson Mississippi, The most unlikely people become friends. Eugenia Phelan (aka Skeeter), Minny Jackson , and Aibileen, one white woman and two black. Together, through the craziest things possible, they take a risk... To make a change.

Jul 28, 2015

Skeeter is a white woman, Aibileen and Minny are black women and maids for other white women. They work together to write a book about the life of black maids working for the white women in Jackson, Mississippi.

Jun 17, 2014

Very entertaining and eye opening.

NLewis226 Jul 25, 2012

Set in Mississippi during the 1960s, Skeeter is a southern girl who returns from college determined to become a writer, but turns her friends lives and a Mississippi town upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families. Aibileen, Skeeter's best friend's housekeeper, is the first to open up to the dismay of her friends in the tight black town. Despite Skeeter lifelong friendships hanging in the balance, she and Aibileen continue their plan and soon more maids decides to tell their stories. It turns out, they have a lot to say. Along the way, unlikely friendships are forged and a new sisterhood emerges, but not before everyone in town has a thing or two to say themselves when they become caught up in the changing times

Jun 01, 2011

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home with a degree from Ole Miss , but her mother won't be happy until she has a ring on her finger. Aibileen is a black maid , a wise , regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Minny , Aibileen's best friend , can cook like nobody's business , but she can't mind her tongue so she can't keep a job . It's 1962 , and these three ordinary women are about to take one extra-ordinary step that forever changes a town and the way women-mothers , daughters , caregivers , friends- view one another.


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