The Help: Movie Tie-In

The Help: Movie Tie-In

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by Kathryn Stockett
     
 

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,

Overview

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 seventeenth 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. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don’t.

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If you've enjoyed the southern charm of Fannie Flagg or The Secret Life of Bees, you'll find The Help a delight. Miss Eugenia Phelan ("Skeeter" to her friends) is a young woman of privilege who enjoys her fellow Junior Leaguers but sometimes finds their ways at odds with her own principles. She plays the part of her station in 1960s Mississippi but can't help feeling dissatisfied with keeping house and acting as recording secretary at league meetings, and yearns for something more.

Minny, Miss Celia, Aibileen, and Yule May are maids employed by Skeeter's friends. Each woman cooks, cleans, and cares for her boss's children, suffering slights and insults silently and sharing household secrets only among themselves. In the wake of the Junior League push to create separate bathrooms for the domestic help within private homes, Skeeter contacts a New York book editor with an idea. Soon she's conducting clandestine meetings with "the help" to capture their stories for publication. It is a daring and foolhardy plan, one certain to endanger not only the positions but the lives of the very women whose stories she transcribes -- as well as her own.

Stockett is a wonderful novelist, and The Help is a charming, thoughtful novel about women finding their voices, and the truths we see when we have the courage to look unflinchingly into the mirror. (Spring 2009 Selection)
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Praise for The Help
 
“This could be one of the most important pieces of fiction since To Kill a Mockingbird…If you read only one book…let this be it.”—NPR.org
 
“Wise, poignant…You’ll catch yourself cheering out loud.”—People
 
“Graceful and real, a compulsively readable story.”—Entertainment Weekly
 
“A beautiful portrait of a fragmenting world.”—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
 
“The must-read choice of every book club in the country.”—The Huffington Post
Sybil Steinberg
Southern whites' guilt for not expressing gratitude to the black maids who raised them threatens to become a familiar refrain. But don't tell Kathryn Stockett because her first novel is a nuanced variation on the theme that strikes every note with authenticity. In a page-turner that brings new resonance to the moral issues involved, she spins a story of social awakening as seen from both sides of the American racial divide.
—The Washington Post

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425245132
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/28/2011
Edition description:
Movie Tie-In Edition
Pages:
544
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

Kathryn Stockett was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. After graduating from the University of Alabama with a degree in English and Creative Writing, she moved to New York City where she worked in magazine publishing and marketing for nine years. She currently lives in Atlanta with her husband and daughter. This is her first novel.

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The Help: Movie Tie-In 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
NOOKreader425 More than 1 year ago
Great story! Would read others by this author. Would like to see a sequel
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a excellent read from cover to cover!! I could not put it down!! The best book I have read in a long time!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
one of the best books of 2011 five stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. The characters seem to come to life while you are reading. I could not put the book down, anticipating what would happen next in the story. Very well done!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very good read. I was given this book as a gift by...someone---some nameless coworker who works with my mom and who passed along a literal grab bag of stuff to her that she didn't want, of which included this book---which is rather unfortunate now that I think about it. My mother (more the magazine reading kind), passed along the grab bag to me. I ashamed to say that it stayed on my shelf for months before I decided to pick it up, as I hate I waited so long to delve into it, probably because "The Help" isn't the kind of story that I typically read. I tend to gravitate more toward darker genres in fiction ("I'm reading Bram Stoker's "Dracula" right now). So I don't know what inspired me to pick up the book now. Maybe because my grandmother, who died not too long ago, was also a domestic around the same time as this story takes place? All I can say with certainty is that I just felt like reading it now. It took me two weeks. I just finished last night after staying up until 2:00am just so I could finish the last 13 pages, knowing I'd have to get up for work a mere three hours later. I couldn't put the book down and I was surprisingly pleased as to how much I enjoyed it.. I saw the movie first before reading the book, which I'm glad I did, as it helped me reference faces to the characters as I read along. With some variations here and there with characters and certain scenes, the movie pretty much followed the book to the letter, and in some cases did just as good, if not an even better job than what was contained within the book (though I enjoyed both equally). I thoroughly enjoyed the characters of Skeeter and Celia Foote, and I loved the dimensions that Ms. Stockett added to her characters. So you didn't see the typically "good" characters (such as Minnie, for example) as all good. While the "bad" characters (such as Hilly, for example) had at least a smidgen of some quality within their personality that made them at least the tiniest bit redeemable (such as as her love for her kids even though her racial beliefs were quite detestable). I liked that. I also liked how the book didn't turn into some giant social commentary that painted one side as victims and the other side as perpetrators. The conversation between Skeeter and Lou Ann at the drugstore toward the end of the book is the perfect example of that. I also enjoyed the discussion questions at the end of this version that could be used for book clubs or your own individual purposes. They really get you think about the characters and why it is they did some of the things they did. Overall, it was a great read and one that I highly recommend to others. . 
BeachRead245 More than 1 year ago
The Help Kathryn Stockett’s debut novel is on Writer’s Corner. I listened to the whole novel. There were four narrators who told the story Octavia Spencer, Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, and Cassandra Campbell for this journey. Are you ready to step back in time? Synopsis: Skeeter Phelan has just graduated from Ole Miss with a degree in journalism. She wants to be a writer. Her friends Hilly and Elizabeth along with her mother would just like to see her settle down. Skeeter has other plans like writing the Ms. Myrna column each week for the Jackson newspaper. Her dream job is as an editor at Harper and Row. Ms. Stein who works for Harper and Row as an Editor gives Skeeter some advice, and tells her to find a story a cause worth writing about. What could that story be? Look no further than the help in Jackson. Abileen is the maid for her friend Elizabeth who also helps her with her column. Skeeter asks her to help with a special project. This project would tell the story of the maids and their white employers. Is this a story worth telling? Events surrounding their work lead Skeeter and Abileen to believe in their project, and so they enlist the aid of Minny Jackson. Will the story be told? My Thoughts: The Help is an entertaining novel! A great debut by author Kathryn Stockett! The setting is Jackson Mississippi in the early 1960s. This novel is peppered with colorful characters such as Minny Jackson, Skeeter Phelan, Hilly Holbrook, and Celia Foote. I did feel that this novel dragged in some places. I wanted to know if Skeeter and Abileen be successful? How would their actions affect those around them? I listened to the audio of this novel and it had four narrators. I thought that each narrator brought something to this project. I especially enjoyed the exchanges between Celia Foote and Minny Jackson. These narrators truly brought these characters to life and conformed to the setting of the novel. Jencey Gortney/ Writer's Corner
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lizzy06 More than 1 year ago
I am in the middle of this book. And I must say what an amazing job so far. I can not put it down. I'm going to watch the movie when I'm done just so i can put faces to the names.
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BalsamA More than 1 year ago
one of the best . I like the story the langue and at the end i was still looking for more ..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Help is a great book to read about the South in the 1960s. It takes place in Jackson, Mississippi one of the most racial cities in the U.S. It involves black women called "the help" to raise white womens children. It is interesting how these children are raised by black maids then they grow up to be the maids boss. You will hear the stories of Aibleen, Miss Skeeter, and Minny in this book. There is so many twists and so much humor throughout this book. The Help not only has witty humor, but also serious matters like racism. I honestly couldn't put the book down and absolutley loved it! There is some romance with Miss. Skeeter's character but it doesn't take up her whole story. The ending is the best part and The Help is a must read!
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bookwormbethie More than 1 year ago
Hands down, a wonderful story. Definitely a page turner. I was sad to see this book end because I loved reading it so much!
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TMusic19 More than 1 year ago
When I first started the book, I thought, "now where did a black woman a name like 'Kathryn Stockett'". I couldn't help but to pre-judge her writing style about black people before I even got good into the book, but when i started reading I had to make that that wasn't she wasn't black herself. She does such an excellant job at capturing the personalities, attitudes, views & opinions, dialect and overall persona of southern black people. 'The Help' is such an interesting book and it never gets boring because she switches inbetween voice. Which in turn, brings me to another fact. Kathryn's versitility within her writing is so amazing. I love the voices she portray's in this book. GREAT READ!!! GREAT PEICE OF LITERATURE!!!
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lshealy More than 1 year ago
I almost walked past this in the bookstore and I am so glad I stopped to read the back cover and purchased it.. this is one of the best books i've ever read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful book. It was so conversational and I laughed out loud and cried as well. Seeing the movie afterwards added to the experience of getting to know the characters. I highly recommend The Help!
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iflywamhacswu More than 1 year ago
Is the movie tie in at all different from the other book besides the cover? I read this before they said they were making the movie and I loved but I'm just wondering.