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What the community says about The Help
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- "This is a really nice book that touches on topics that are still relevant to this day. It's the story of 3 strong black women who work together and fight against being racially oppressed. I wasn;t sure if I could connect with it or if I would enjoy it much but the story was really touching and it was really well written so I had a good time with it."
- " 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. The book is about the relationship between White women living in the deep South in the early 1960's and their Negro domestic help. It shows a time, not all that long ago, when there was no such thing as political correctness, when Whites, especially in the South, had no problems showing their Negro help who was boss. At that time in Jackson, Mississippi, a Black woman was allowed in a White grocery store only if she was wearing her white maid's uniform. The grocery stores in the Negro section of town were not well lit, not too clean and not very well stocked. For a maid to speak out of turn was reason enough for immediate firing, if not putting herself and her family in physical danger. To characterize the racial condition of the American South in 1963 as American Apartheid, would not be an exaggeration. But, this is only the backdrop of the story. The real story is about the relationship that develops between one White woman, Skeeter and the Black maids, Abilene and Minny, she eventually writes a book about. Skeeter recently graduated from college with a degree in Journalism, which was all well and good, except all anyone, especially, in this case, Skeeter's mother, really expected from women who attended college in that time was to get their MRS.degree; anything less was all but useless. Skeeter, was an exception to the rule. She was determined to be a writer and unlike her close friends, with whom she played bridge on a weekly basis and was a member of the local women's organizations, Skeeter had a sense that all was not well regarding race relations in the South. "
- "I found this book to be quite interesting. It has great characterizations and handles a really controversial point in the history of this country. It was a captivating read and I would recommend it to people who are interested in character development and character perspectives. "
- "This book will have you so emotionally invested in the characters, you'll find yourself cheering out loud for some and rolling your eyes at others. Set during a time when Jim Crow laws were still heavily relied on, your main character, Skeeter takes matters into her own hands and changes the way her white friends and family viewed segregation. An aspiring journalist, Skeeter decides to write an anonymous book in the point of view of "the help", aka three women of color who work for her friends as maids or nannies. This book goes on to expose the evil, hatred, and madness that their employers demonstrate at the hands of racism. It was such an inspiring storyline that will leave you wiping up tears in the final pages. It truly captured the idea of "oppression, thinly disguised as good intentions" and what it means to fight back against it. This is a book you'll hold dear to your heart for years and years after reading it. I highly recommend it."
- "I loved the The Help. I actually read it after I saw the movie. The book gives a little more background about racial issues during the 60's. It takes a specific period in time and provides an in depth view of America's southern issues. The relationships between the women is wonderful, sometimes humorous and other times heartbreaking."
- "One of the best books I've read in years. The whole way through it keeps you engaged. I had trouble putting it down. Having just finished this I'm going to look up more work by this author because this gem truly deserves the praise it's received. If time period pieces set in the 1960s America draws your interest you will love this book. While a fiction it's certainly believable."
- "If you're looking for a book that explores race relations during the 60's in the deep south I can highly recommend this book. The Help explores the relationship between a black helper and her white boss. The read can be shocking for those who are not aware of the rampant racism and behavior of people in that era."
- "This is an amazing book that appeals to the strength of the African American characters inside of it. It takes place during the Jim Crow era and the main characters are fighting against black discrimination. They've also made it into a movie, but I suggest reading the book first as it's one of those books that you can not put down due to the feisty characters and situations that happen."
- "I know a lot of the history that is in this book, so for me it was predictable. Not to mention I am African American raised by people exactly like the maids in the book so I can understand the views of maids easily. I was hoping not to be able to predict their stories though which make me a bit sad. It can drag for sure. I like a little suspense but not too much of it to wear I get annoyed with the prolonging of a situation. Great story"
- "My wife bugged me to watch the movie called The Help. I liked it so much after watching the movie I decided to get the book. The book was very detailed and told a story I will never forget. I really will not think about that era the same ever again after reading the book.."
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- "Good read. It's a little hard to get behind some of the characters, because of the nature of the time this was written about, but everyone seems real enough, which is a great start for a good read. I enjoyed it enough, though I didn't find it to be the blockbuster everyone else said it was. "
- "I had no idea what to expect when I purchased this book. I had heard that it was fantastic, but I honestly didn't know much about it. All I can say is... wow. I was on a trip to Guatemala when I read this on my Kindle, and even on the trip of a lifetime, it was hard to put down. I absolutely loved the main characters--powerful and talented each in their own way. Could a well-off white woman ever truly understand the life of an African American housekeeper and nanny? Even today, those who lead privileged lives cannot know the struggles of the poor--unless they have been there. This story explores that concept, illustrating how our understanding of the world becomes skewed based on our experiences. Stereotypes affect how we treat each other, and fear and societal norms prevent us from doing the right thing at times. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes stories that show a full picture with very real characters, flaws and all."
- "I thought this book was generally fun to listen to and it included some historical information I didn't know about before. It was interesting to imagine what it was like in Mississippi in 1962. The information about the lifestyle of different class levels was very interesting."
- "I like the book . It is about Aibileen a black maid in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, who's always taken orders quietly . Of late she is not able to hold her bitterness back. Her friend Minny has never held her tongue but now must somehow keep secrets about her employer that leave her speechless. Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan is a white socialite in the early 60s struggling to find a career in journalism while living in the deep South. All of her friends are married and having children. And, they all have black maids. Even Skeeter’s family has a black maid. Some folks treat their maids like family. Others treat them worse than the hired help that they are. There is a lot we all can learn from these stories. Social injustice to any group is unacceptable. These ladies worked long hours under almost slave-like conditions just to feed themselves and their families."
- "I don't know how historically accurate this book is, but it sure is captivating. I had initially held off on it because there was such a hype surrounding it. I am glad I finally picked it up and read it. Now that I have, I feel that I can see how this would have happened in the United States in the past. It is one of the best books I have ever read."