The Help (Prebound)

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The setting for this uplifting novel is Jackson, Miss., 1962, where black women were trusted to raise white children...but not to polish the household silver! Skeeter returns to her community from college, determined to become a writer. As a social activist, she begins collecting the stories of the "help" - the black women on whom the country club set relies, but also mistrust and keep in their places. Told through the perspective of Skeeter and two of the maids, Aibileen and Minny, it is about women of strength and dignity who carry on and manage to care about others despite an unjust system. This is a book you just won't want to end - thought provoking, humorous, and unforgettable.

— Margaret, Pittsburgh

February 2009 Indie Next List

“The Help recreates a time -- Mississippi in 1962 -- that is totally engrossing and pitch-perfect. This story of women in the South, black and white, in the eye of a hurricane of monumental change is thoroughly satisfying and enjoyable.”
— Sheila Burns, Bloomsbury Books, Ashland, OR

Fall '09/Winter '10 Reading Group List

“We've been telling our customers who are members of book groups to read this story of race-ridden, 1960s Jackson, Mississippi. Unforgettable characters live out a story that makes you rage against intolerance as you step into the lives of three Southern women who are committed to creating change.”
— Gail Wetta, Anderson's Bookshop, Naperville, IL


The wildly popular "New York Times" bestseller and reading group favorite.
Aibileen is a black maid in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, who's always taken orders quietly, but lately she's unable 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. White socialite Skeeter just graduated college. She's full of ambition, but without a husband, she's considered a failure. Together, these seemingly different women join together to write a tell-all book about work as a black maid in the South, that could forever alter their destinies and the life of a small town...

Product Details
ISBN: 9780606231732
ISBN-10: 0606231730
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication Date: April 5th, 2011
Pages: 534
Language: English