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❶The book becomes a powerful force in giving a voice to the black maids and causes the community of Jackson to reconsider the carefully drawn lines between white and black.

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At the end of the novel, what final words does Aibileen want Mae Mobley to remember?

Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from the University of Mississippi and wants to become a writer. Skeeter is curious about the disappearance of Constantine, her maid who brought her up and cared for her.

Constantine had written to Skeeter while she was away from home in college saying what a great surprise she had awaiting her when she came home.

Skeeter does not believe that Constantine would leave her like this; she knows something is wrong and believes that information will eventually come out. Everyone Skeeter asks about the unexpected disappearance of Constantine pretends it never happened and avoids giving her any real answers. She decides with the assistance of a publisher that she wants to reveal the truth about being a colored maid in Mississippi. Skeeter struggles to communicate with the maids and gain their trust.

The dangers of writing a book about African Americans speaking out in the South during the early s hover constantly over the three women. Elaine Stein had also suggested to Skeeter that she find a subject to write about which she can be dedicated to and passionate about.

Skeeter realizes that she wants to expose to the world in the form of a book the deplorable conditions the maids in the South endure in order to barely survive.

Aibileen finally agrees to tell her story. Minny, despite her distrust of whites, eventually agrees as well, but she and Aibileen are unable to convince others to tell their stories.

Skeeter researches several laws governing what blacks still can and cannot do in Mississippi, and her growing opposition to the racial order results in her being shunned by her social circle. The other maids decide that they are willing to take a chance with their jobs, and their safety, and join the book project.

Not all the stories are negative, and some describe beautiful and generous, loving and kind events; while others are cruel and even brutal. A film adaptation of The Help was released on August 10, Don Brock as White Bus Passenger. Florence Roach as Maid 1. Sheerene Whitfield as Maid 2. Nelsan Ellis as Henry the Waiter. David Oyelowo as Preacher Green. La Chanze as Rachel. Dana Ivey as Grace Higginbotham. Becky Fly as Woman in Grocery Store. Cleta Ellington as Donna the Receptionist.

Henry Carpenter as Jameso. Charles Cooper as Tire Winner Ballroom 1. Coyt Bailey as Party Guest. Wade Cottonfield as Lead Singer of Band. Kelsey Scott as Sugar Jackson. Amy Beckwith as Bridge Club. Sloane Fair as Bridge Club. Anna Jennings as Bridge Club. Lauren Miller as Bridge Club. Elizabeth Smith as Bridge Club.

Mary Taylor Killebrew as Bridge Club. Kathryn Ursy as Bridge Club. Steffany Ward as Bridge Club. View All The Help News. May 24, Full Review…. October 25, Rating: August 11, Full Review…. August 11, Rating: August 29, Rating: August 23, Rating: August 7, Rating: June 25, Full Review…. January 26, Rating: Hokey, but a hit.

January 4, Rating: This is my favorite book. Skeeter is a role model for girls and women to stand up for what they believe in and who they love and to follow their dreams no matter what. I would highly recommend this book to anyone. This book is long, has some complex vocabulary, and contains racist remarks. By Patsy Zippay on September 9, I just finished doing something I rarely ever do The Help was the first book I read on my new Kindle years ago.

I was as moved and entertained by it this time as I was on the first encounter. It does a remarkable job of affirming the goodness that lives in so many human hearts. The cast of characters that inhabit its pages evoke a range of emotions that enlarged the scope of my world. I cared about what was happening to Skeeter, Abilene, Minny, and even a few others who did not deserve my concern. Thanks for the pleasure of a return visit that left me feeling enriched! Hamilton on June 8, I started it at the end of summer on the beach, but then Labor Day came, I no longer sat on the beach for a few hours each weekend, work got extremely busy, and unfortunately, it got pushed off to the side.

The air is thick with heat and humidity, but the gap between black and white is wider. Aibileen Clark and Minny Jackson are African-American maids who have spent their lives cleaning houses for white people and caring for their children.

Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan is a recent college graduate who comes from a prominent white family who employs numerous African Americans on the family plantation and their home. The project is secretive and risky, but together, these three women from different walks of life break the lines of black and white that have defined their society and generations for far too long. I loved The Help. It was eye opening. Yes, it was fiction, but it was real. I felt the suffocating humidity; I was in the kitchen with Aibileen; I was on edge with Minny; and most importantly, I wondered why with Skeeter.

Why were there lines between black and white? Why did color matter? Often times, in history class or documentaries shown on The History Channel about the s and the Civil Rights movements, we hear about the segregation laws of the South. However, I find so much of the focus is on the the events: The results of segregation laws are mentioned - separate bathrooms, separate schools, jobs you could have, and jobs you could not.

But in the lessons, there was never a story that gave face to the passive abuse the segregation laws caused. The Help tells that story. Customers also viewed these items. The Secret Life of Bees. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations. View or edit your browsing history. Get to Know Us. English Choose a language for shopping. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs.

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Gush, gush, gush, gush, gush! I cannot gush enough about this book. The Help, by Kathryn Stockett, follows the lives of three women living in Jackson, Mississippi. Two of the women, Aibilene and Minny are black, hired as help to wealthy, or trying to appear wealthy, white families/5.

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The book is narrated by three very different women; Minny, a black maid unable to keep a job due to her hot head, Aibileen, another black maid who is raising her 'seventeenth white child', and Miss Skeeter, at the opposite end of the .

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I originally read the audio book edition of "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett and later read it on my Kindle for book club. The Help is most definitely on my short list for all time favorite books. I am not sure which was better the audio book or the Kindle read. This is the first novel by this author and I do not know how she will ever top herself. Apr 01,  · By Kathryn Stockett Putnam. pp. $ Southern whites' guilt for not expressing gratitude to the black maids who raised .

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Summary and reviews of The Help by Kathryn Stockett, plus links to a book excerpt from The Help and author biography of Kathryn Stockett. Feb 19,  · In “The Help,” Kathryn Stockett’s button-pushing, soon to be wildly popular novel about black domestic servants working in white Southern households in the early s, one woman works especially tirelessly.