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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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    Deborah Burke, VA, United States 02-09-10
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    "My favorite so far..."

    I'm always a bit let down when one of my audiobooks ends, but after this one was over I had to just savor it for a few days. Like a great meal I didn't want anything to take away the taste and enjoyment I got from this wonderful book. The narrators voices were like music. I cannot recommend this more highly. A truly beautiful and often funny book.

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    Maryann Coto De Caza, CA, United States 02-08-10
    Maryann Coto De Caza, CA, United States 02-08-10 Member Since 2015
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    "The Help"

    The best, I laughed, cried, and just didnt want it to end. Great Narration. I loved it.

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    UU reader Austin, TX 02-08-10
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    "excellent performances"

    While I greatly enjoyed this book and found it an interesting reminder of conditions in our country not so long ago, I thought that the readers on this recording made it particularly outstanding. The variety of voices and the acting made this feel almost like watching a very engrossing theater performance. It was hard to stop listening!

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    Susan Talley 02-08-10 Member Since 2009

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    "Outstanding!"

    Great book, great readers. Outstanding read/listen!

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    nancy kincaide 02-07-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Thoroughly refreshing!"

    I absolutely loved this book! Without listening to the author's interview at the end, I could sense that the narrative drew from somewhere in her pesonal life. While Minnie was my hand's down favorite, all three main characters were very well developed. The readers were perfect for their characters, especially Minnie's reader. I must say, I was really itching for Hilly to get her due in the end!

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    "As powerful as "To Kill a Mockingbird""

    Without doubt the best book I have ever listened to. As a child of the 50's whose parents employed a black maid whose love and guidance shaped my life, I was overwhelmed with emotion. The readers brought the characters to life and you are mesmerized by their theatrical skill. I literally could not stop listening. It went with me when I drove, when I worked out, when I ate and when I went to sleep. My wife is now addicted to it. Thank all you for an unforgettable performance and to you Kathyrn Stockett for what will become an American classic.

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    Nanette Donohue 02-06-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Love the narrators"

    The narrators did a fantastic job reading this book. I literally could not put it down!

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    Karina Catlin 02-05-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic!"

    I loved this book. I found myself cheering for the characters. Highly recommend it!

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    stacey 02-04-10
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    "The best listen"

    This audio was by far the best! Kept me listening and couldn't turn it off. Narrator's voices were perfect!! A definite recommendation.

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    Joanna B VonBergen 02-03-10
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    "Amazing"

    This book was incredible, I had to force myself to stop listening. I think it ranks right up there with one of my all-time favorites- The Secret Life of Bees, which was also narrated by Jenna Lamia. I loved the narrators.

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