The Help
by Kathryn Stockett
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PublisherPutnam Adult
Release Date2009-02-10 (added to CC 24 Jun 2010)
Amazon Sales Rank11
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.

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This book is great. Having not lived throught the civil rights movement i found it amazing and shocking of how backwards race relations in the United States were in the mid-fifties. Its hard to believe that a hundred years after the end of slavery minorities were being treated as less than their white counter parts. The book is an amazing read, and one that I will be sure to recommend to others.
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I LOVED this book! It was very moving.
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