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The Help

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Publisher's Summary

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 17th 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.

This edition now includes the afterword "Too Little, Too Late - Kathryn Stockett in Her Own Words", as read by the author.

Bonus Audio: Hear an exclusive interview with Kathryn Stockett.

©2009 Kathryn Stockett, Cover Art: (c) 2011 DreamWorks II Distribution Co., LLC (P)2009 Penguin

What the Critics Say

"This heartbreaking story is a stunning debut from a gifted talent." (Atlanta Journal)

“It's 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. When folks at your book club wonder what to read next month, go on and pitch this wholly satisfying novel with confidence.” (Entertainment Weekly)

"[A] wise, poignant novel...You'll catch yourself cheering out loud." (People Magazine)

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    Becky Lakewood, CO, Virgin Islands, U.S. 12-24-09
    Becky Lakewood, CO, Virgin Islands, U.S. 12-24-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Made my Top Ten List!"

    Great book about the civil rights movement, bravery, forgiveness, and just enough revenge to add some fabulous spice. Wonderful characters and dialog. The women who narrated brought this tale to life. I'm still enthralled.

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    Terri Northvale, NJ, USA 12-24-09
    Terri Northvale, NJ, USA 12-24-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Outstanding"

    I loved listening to this book. I am truly going to miss my new friends in Mississippi. We need more Skeeters in the world.

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    Nancy fort lauderdale, FL, United States 12-23-09
    Nancy fort lauderdale, FL, United States 12-23-09
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    "Sorry when it was over"

    An amazing book. I normally restrict my listening to driving. I threw out the rule book for this one.

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    Judy Lott 12-23-09
    Judy Lott 12-23-09 Member Since 2014

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    "Very good"

    I grew up in the south, though not in the privileged class of the "white ladies" of this book, and the writer did an excellent job of showing their prejudice. Good book. I especially enjoyed the readers---very good pronunciation, without being disrespectful.

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    Angelyn S. Furst 12-22-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Worth 5 stars"

    Absolutely marvelous! I'm so glad I listened to the readers choice guide and downloaded this audiobook. Being born and raised in the south I found the characters real and true to southern life in the 1960s. The narration was wonderful and the voices rich and true to life. I hated to see it end.

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    Cindy P. 12-22-09
    Cindy P. 12-22-09
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    "Favorite Book of the Year"

    I enjoyed all the characters in this book. Great audiobook for traveling!

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    Paula 12-21-09
    Paula 12-21-09 Member Since 2009
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    "All I can say is"

    thank you for such an enlightened view of the actual reality of life in the south. How being of a certain class seemed to entitle you to treat others badly. I'm impressed by the characters ability to remain proud and yet daring to risk everything to let the world know their sufferings. Hurray to The Help, Hurray to Skeeter and Hurry to Kathryn Stockett. Couldn't put the book down!

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    Karen Wilmington, DE, USA 12-20-09
    Karen Wilmington, DE, USA 12-20-09
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    "Thought provoking"

    This was a beautifully written book about the struggles of blacks during the times of civil rights. The narration was spectacular. It was a great story

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    MLN 12-19-09
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    "Wonderful!"

    I am very glad that I listened to the audio version of this book. I found myself lost in the characters though their voices. I have a very long commute to work each day and eagerly awaited hearing the next page, I found myself going through a drive-thru to grab dinner so I could eat in the car and listen some more!

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    Glori-Read 12-19-09
    Glori-Read 12-19-09

    To read, to dream, to love, to experience, to aspire...

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    The voices were great.

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