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The Help is a historical fiction novel by Kathryn Stockett. Set in the American South during the 1960s, it tells the stories of an unlikely group of three women working together to fight racial oppression.
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  • Virginia Ross
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "It's not actually about women's suffrage, more about women's suffering. It's worth it for its portrayal of the racial discrimination women of color have historically faced, but not to learn about the movement to get women the vote."
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  • Juan Lewis
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "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."
  • Vishal Shah
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This is an inspiring book that deals with the adversities people of color had to deal with in the South during the 1960's. The friendship these women were able to cultivate during difficult times was heart-warming."
  • Roberto Gómez
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "If you're a lady, then you need to check out this book. It's set in the american south and is amazingly accurate representation of what some ladies went through back then."
  • Sandra Reed
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "This book is really good. It's about a group of three women working together to fight against racial oppression."
  • Pamela Ward
    Written on April 17, 2018
    " 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. "
  • Reyansh Pillai
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "The Help is a historical fiction novel by Kathryn Stockett. It is set in the American South during the 1960s,. The book was also made into a movie with the same name recently. It is available in Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook, Audio CD and Kindle editions."
  • Jason Hu
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "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. "
  • Christian Hunter
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "As somebody who loves watching the NBC Today Show, I take their recommendations for books to heart. With, The Help, I was able to read a lovely, inspiring story about the fight against racism during the 1960's."
  • Arthur Gutierrez
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Absolutely love the idea of this story. This is still relevant in our current society."
  • Brian Allen
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "This novel is amazing and is eye opening. It depicts southern life with slave ownership. It is a book that will teach you about history, and about how to overcome adversity. This is a must read for all! "
  • Samantha Ward
    Written on March 9, 2018
    "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."
  • Ashley Fields
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "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."
  • Billy Day
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "Kathryn Stockett delivers with this brilliant tale depicting women's struggles in the American 1960's. The story of the different female characters offers a unique view yet the stories come together so perfectly. "
  • Christian Allen
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "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."
  • Jordan Hoffman
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "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."
  • Aradhya Gupta
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "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."
  • Carlos Díaz
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "It is a great Americana fiction book"
  • Micky Yu
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "This was an absolutely amazing read, I highly recommend it to any young adult! There was tears shed and laughs shared while reading this book. "
  • Henry Young
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "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"
  • Doris Lane
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I loved the movie, but the book is even better! I like the way Stockett uses the 3 different voices in the story, and as is usual with a book/movie comparison, the book is able to include so much more detail. Just stellar!"
  • Steven Wagner
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "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.."
  • Austin Peterson
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "As a Christian, I look to fiction about my religion in order to help inspire me through my daily life. With The Help, I was able to look towards history and how awful others were treated in order to help remind me that I can be a good person too. "
  • Denise Reynolds
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "Here we go again. The setting is the Southeast in the 1960s. Of course it's about blacks and of course it's about how terrible whites supposedly treat them. Just stay away."
  • Russell Lee
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "I read this book in college when we were studying Greek mythology. This book was such an eye opener and made me like the class so much that I was motivated to discover more about the topic. Definitely recommend it. "
  • Anthony Snyder
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "This book is an amazing look into housekeeping life of an African American woman in the 1960s. It is so good that it's been adapted into an acclaimed film that rates 8.1 on imdb."
  • Gao Tian
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "Racial oppression is a shit! Keep fighting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
  • Ronald Cruz
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Oddly enough "The Help" was one of the best books recommended by Stephen King. The recent award-winning screenplay was based on this novel. The book seems to allow one to connect even more emotionally to these ladies' struggle and is a fantastic read."
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  • Bryan Walsh
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Learning to help yourself through this life is essential. The Help is a historical fiction novel that shows how three women can fight through oppression. Showing you how anyone can make it through anything working together."
  • Samuel Larson
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "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. "
    Kelly Rice
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "This is a book that you will have a hard time putting down. I laughed, I cried, and I thought deeply while reading it."
  • Rosa Delgado
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This was a really great book and the movie was quite decent. I would definitely give it a read first before watching the movie as it's much more detailed with more back story."
  • Nicholas Warren
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Pretty slow, but very good. The setting for me is getting a bit old as so many books have been done for this time frame, but it was an important time. Good book, great characters."
  • Ann Tang
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "If you wanna cry, then read this book. Seriously its such a sad book, but written so well."
  • Philip Jacobs
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "The Help is an amazing story about coming together to overcome struggle set in the middle of the century in America."
  • Sean Schultz
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "It's a great novel. I love it. "
  • Jason Gonzales
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This is my favorite book. It's funny, smart, and inspiring. The Help is an emotional rollercoaster with a touching message and a strong undercurrent of hope"
  • Rodolfo Navarro
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "This is a fun book to read with some historical value. It features characters in America fighting racial oppression."
  • Lawrence Austin
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "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."
  • Nathan Baker
    Written on March 5, 2018
    "This is a great book to read about the life of maids in the south during the 1960s. This book is very interesting and has many twist and turns that reveal to all of us that we are humans regardless of the color of our skin. "
  • Leonardo Romo
    Written on February 28, 2018
    "This is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to. There are three separate narrators that do a great job, making it very easy to follow, visualize, and get absorbed in the story."
  • Grace Ross
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "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."
  • Russell Stanley
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "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."
  • Edward Bryant
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "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."
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