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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0425232204
ISBN-13: 9780425232200
Sku: 211535329
Publish Date: 4/5/2011
Sales Rank: 78712
Pages:  534
Age Range:  22 to UP
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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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At the outset of the civil rights movement in Jackson, Mississippi, three unique women unite to share the stories of dozens of the city's black servants, who have been kept voiceless for too long. Skeeter is fresh home from college, with big dreams of becoming a journalist, though her mother just wants her to find a husband. Aibileen, a black maid, is the heart and soul of her household, now working on raising her seventeenth white child. Her best friend Minnie, is the best cook in the city, but can not find a job because of her tendency to speak the cold truth. Together, these three unforgettable ladies launch a crusade to collect the stories of the town's silent servants, and try to tear down the unspoken racial barriers that traverse the homes and hearts of everyone in Jackson.
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Kathryn Stockett
Kathryn Stockett burst onto the literary scene in 2009 with her debut novel, THE HELP, about a group of black maids working in Mississippi on the cusp of the Civil Rights era. While the book has stirred some controversy, it has spent months at a time on various best-seller lists, sometimes in the number-one spot.||Stockett was born in Jackson, Mississippi in 1969. Her father was a successful local businessman. She fondly remembers her family's housekeeper, Demetrie. She has said, "[A]s much as we loved Demetrie, she had a separate bathroom located on the outside of the house. I never once sat down to eat with her at the table. . . . I am ashamed to admit that it took me 20 years to realize the irony of that relationship."||After graduating from the University of Alabama, Stockett moved to New York City, where she held various jobs in marketing and magazine publishing. It took her five years to complete the manuscript for THE HELP, which was rejected by more than 50 agents and publishers before finally being accepted.||Although some critics expressed concern that Stockett was ill suited to write from the point of view of her black characters, readers found those characters compelling and their dialogue convincing; the book sold more than a million copies in its first year of release alone. It was adapted for the big screen in 2011 by filmmaker Tate Taylor, a childhood friend of Stockett's, and garnered several Academy Award nominations, including one for best picture. (Octavia Spencer took home an Oscar as best supporting actress for her role as the maid Minny.)||Responding to her critics, Stockett told an interviewer, "On the one hand I [do] wonder, was this really my story to tell? On the other hand, I just wanted the story to be told."
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Expert Review The Help by Kathryn Stockett - Book Review
By: Regis Schilken Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 3/21/2010 6:58 PM
Imagine you are told you are responsible for raising the children in a household, but since you carry any number of diseases as an African American woman, you are not permitted to use the toilets in the house although you must clean, change diapers and cook creative meals. In addition, you must teach each youngster proper manners but you can never eat with family members or even in the same room with them. Your pay is so poor you are capable only of minimal subsistence. As an inferior being, you are expected to serve — obey without question or comment — or be fired....read the full review

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"[THE HELP] is graceful and real, a compulsively readable story of three women who watch the Mississippi ground shifting beneath their feet as the words of men like Martin Luther King Jr. and Bob Dylan pervade their genteel town." - Karen Valby 02/20/2009

"Kathryn Stockett['s]...first novel is a nuanced variation on the theme that strikes every note with authenticity. In a page-turner that brings new resonance to the moral issues involved, she spins a story of social awakening as seen from both sides of the American racial divide." - Sybil Steinberg 04/01/2009

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeMinimum Age:   18
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0534
Product attributePublisher:   Berkley Publishing Group
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