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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...

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The Help
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4.4 / 5
Amazing
December 2nd, 2015
This book had me from the first line. I was unable to put it down until I was finished. It was very thoughtful and mind opening to say the least. I really enjoyed it and hope that whoever else chooses to read out, will as well.
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The Help
October 7th, 2015
One of the best books I have ever read. The characters will stay with you long after you finish. Keep the kleenex close
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Fantastic!
August 18th, 2015
Highly recommended! Great insight on such an unfortunate period of human rights in North America....
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Amazing!!!
July 9th, 2015
I really enjoyed reading this book. I especially liked the multiple point of views; the voices of the three main characters are so different and so funny. I loved the characters, and I felt I got to know them as the book progresses. The only thing I didn't like about this book is that there is a lot of swearing. Other than that, I pretty much loved everything about The Help. The story is so powerful, emotional, and beautiful. The ending will make you tear up for sure! An absolute must read!
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Love it from begin to end
May 8th, 2015
It was very hard to put it down. This is an amazing book of strong women who work to words a common goal.
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GOOD
February 24th, 2015
Cool
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loved it
January 17th, 2015
Book is !much better than the movies, although movie was good. I'll never forget the Terrible Awful pie though. Must read this. Excellent .
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1 person found this helpful
Great Book
December 30th, 2014
This book was an amazing. Kathryn Stockett wrote such an insightful, moving novel. It was incredibly hard not to become attached to her characters. Worth the read!
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Wonderful
December 30th, 2014
Very well written. Captures the personality of the character, written in a way that makes you feel your in the room as its hppeming. Characters become your friends, you get so familiar with them. Did not want book to end, almost left me wishing i could call the character up and see how they made out! its not often you find a book that you almost forget this isnt happening right now to your neighbor, and you can hear it in the twang they speak. I lughed, cried, even yelled at the book - 5 stars wasnt enough. I just wish it had 4-5 more chapters, it ended abruptly (rushed ending-feels like the author wasnt ready either) but up to tht point ****amazing! (just read millies chapter aloud til u r used to her accent)
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The Help
December 28th, 2014
Just enough laughs to get you through the bad stuff but not overshadowing it Great read altogether IWill read more
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THE HELP
December 25th, 2014
I've read this book twice every year for four years I love it so much. Kathryn Stockett is more brilliant than Einstein and a better artist than Van Gogh though she uses a pencil rather than a paintbrush.
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The Help
December 16th, 2014
I loved this book. It was insightful, funny and heartwarming. The characters were interesting and I think everyone should read it.
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Horray to that piece of pie
November 11th, 2014
This book reminded me of a Nanny I used to have when I was young. It depicts the story of lady helpers in a time of repression in Southern United States. A tale of loving, hardworking women who simply wanted the respect they deserved. I cried and hugged this book when I finished.
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The Help
November 9th, 2014
Great book. Way better than the movie.
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A Gem
August 4th, 2014
The movie was great, the book is memorable. We'll written, with a feeling of wanting more.
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A Gem
August 4th, 2014
The movie was great, the book is memorable. We'll written, with a feeling of wanting more.
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Heartwarming
July 31st, 2014
Thoroughly enjoyed this book :-)
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The help
July 24th, 2014
This book is the most warm hearted book ever.I laughed and I cried like crazy when it said what happened to tree lore.Great book Kathryn Stockett.
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The Help
June 28th, 2014
Excellent. The Help is thought provoking and real; raw and beautiful.
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Excellent
June 14th, 2014
Historical fiction at its best
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The Help
May 28th, 2014
Very good book enjoyed every bit of it I think everyone black women should read it or rent it. Showed us some of the things that my mom and my great aunts talked about being a maid. We are more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus yes I'm talking about black women.
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The Help
May 17th, 2014
I laughed and I cried and I cheered for the characters' strength.
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Made me laugh, and made me cry
May 5th, 2014
This will go down in history.
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The help
April 23rd, 2014
Such a heart warming story. Poor abilinne. :-( lost her son at the age of 24 best time in a persons life. Was gonna get married too. :'( if that where me in the book and I knew abilinne, I would be soo sorry for her. I would spend as much time with her as possible. He was to young. :-( it what Minnie did to hedley was the grouses thing I have ever read or even thought of and I thought of alot of things. :-$
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The Help
April 3rd, 2014
Beautifully written. A heart rendering description of everyday life in a part of the US we have no way to know at all.
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Great book
March 7th, 2014
I thought I was there getting angry yet laughing my head off.
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The help
February 15th, 2014
I loved this book!!! And I thought the movie portrayed the characters to a tee. Fabulous writing and acting!
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January 28th, 2014
Couldn't put that book down! Loved it!
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The Help
January 27th, 2014
Law, thank you!
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January 24th, 2014
Loved this book! It made me laugh and cry. I couldn't put it down.
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January 24th, 2014
Excellent book that really puts a different perspective of issues until recently haven't been spoken about. Well worth a read.
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January 24th, 2014
Loved it!! What a wonderful first book, couldn't put it down, had me laughing, crying and feeling outraged. Should be compulsory high school reading. Can't wait to read her next book.
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January 24th, 2014
The author of this novel showed that in the time of struggle you can still be united for the greater good. A great read full of emotion.
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January 23rd, 2014
I read this book awhile ago and loved it. it follows the movie to the tea.
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6 of 6 people found this helpful
January 23rd, 2014
Loved this book! I couldn't put it down! Made me laugh & cry...you find yourself getting so involved with the characters. A must read for everyone - was very enlightening, really made me stop and be grateful for our freedoms today.
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January 23rd, 2014
Funny and didn't drag. Enjoyed the characters.
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January 23rd, 2014
Great read! Really well written and a good story.
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
A great read and even better then the film. I recommend reading this even if you have already seen the film as it includes more detail in the back story
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January 23rd, 2014
A very entertaining book about middle-class americans in the late 50's and 60's. This book covers "both sides of the fence" The daughter of one of the white families starts to write a book on the life of the american negro servants that work for white mistresses. A very enjoyable book that I would recommend to any reader.
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January 23rd, 2014
Excellent book. Very interesting characters, totally enjoyed it.
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1 person found this helpful
January 22nd, 2014
What a gorgeous book. I loved the characters and that they were brave enough to start the process of change. Well written and you really get a feel for the characters. Loved it.
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The help
January 1st, 2014
Enjoyed the book saw the movie too.
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The help
December 9th, 2013
An amazing book that underscores we are all god's children.
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1 review
Awesome book
December 4th, 2013
Better than the movie !!! Great read.
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November 30th, 2013
Loved this story! Terrific book.
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1 review
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
November 5th, 2013
Just a great book, it just shows us how far things have progressed from back in the days. Even though I was not around then, I'm actually embarrassed how things were. I recommend this book, it really opens your eyes.
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The Help
October 26th, 2013
Great read, did not want to put it down
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The Help
October 26th, 2013
Great read, did not want to put it down
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Not one of my favourites
October 15th, 2013
Found the story too contrived but read it through the end . You could almost smell a screen play from reading this novel. None of the characters seemed terribly real. There has and always will be discrimination against Blacks in both the U.S. And Canada. As sad as this reality continues there will always be books like Help showing the cruel and uncomprehending nature of man.
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1 review
October 12th, 2013
I loved this book. It is very entertaining through the entire book. Has some humor as well as some serious issues that tug at your heart. I have passed this on to other readers and they have also enjoyed it.
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1 review
October 9th, 2013
MMMM serve this to a "friend" with a wonderful slice of Pie!
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The Help
October 8th, 2013
I love it. This is my sixth time reading it. I hope she writes another book about what happen to the characters.
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1 person found this helpful
The Help
October 6th, 2013
It made me laugh and it broke my heart time and time again.
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October 5th, 2013
Excellent book.Loved it. Keeps your interest and really shows the deep prejudice against blacks while showing there are still a few fair minded folks around.
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October 5th, 2013
I loved this book. It was written during the critical time in america when the African Americans were trying to gain equality with the whites. I found it difficult to put the book down. I would recommend it as a must read.
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October 4th, 2013
I really enjoyed this book, although it brought back the shock I felt living in Virginia in the late seventies when some teenagers felt that the civil war wasn't over more than a hundred years ago... It is an eye opener for the racist, elitist, and chauvinistic attitudes and behavior of so-called civilized, educated people of the south.
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October 4th, 2013
Great book. Thought provoking.
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September 29th, 2013
Enjoyed this book a lot - well written and entertaining.
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September 29th, 2013
Very well written! A must to read...better than the movie by far.
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September 29th, 2013
Great read.
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September 29th, 2013
Showing how we treated people and sometimes tell do
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September 29th, 2013
we I hope have come a long way I love the story
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September 28th, 2013
Really good insight into how slaves were treated at that time.
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1 review
September 28th, 2013
Very enjoyable book. I really liked it. All my friends read it and loved it as well.
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September 28th, 2013
This was a great book book about women! Much better than the movie version. Please read first.
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September 28th, 2013
The Help is a wonderful read! I believe the book is better than the movie.
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September 28th, 2013
one of the best books i have read
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September 28th, 2013
very well written, perhaps the reason for the movie...I truly enjoyed this book, sad, happy, totally mixed emotions...recommended
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September 28th, 2013
Great story. Keeps you entertained throughout and is nice and easy reading.
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1 review
Excellent
September 23rd, 2013
Excellent! I recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found this helpful
September 15th, 2013
This was a great book. I loved the character development and the whole story.
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The Help
September 5th, 2013
The best book I have read in a while. She draws you into the story and it's a real page turner.
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Fresh Look on History....
September 3rd, 2013
I loved the characters - strong, African American women, snotty elitist rich white people and one girl who tackles them all to blow open the disgraceful way in which African American people were treated. This book will make you laugh and it will make you cry. A great read & the movie was wonderful too (but read the book first!)
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Book review
August 31st, 2013
I simply loved this story, though it's been told many times before, this take on it was fresh and deep. The southern lady had many hats she wore no matter her color. Beautiful.
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Good story
August 25th, 2013
Much better than the movie.
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1 person found this helpful
Great book
August 22nd, 2013
Amazin book !!!! Couldn't put it down
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The Help
August 18th, 2013
Read it. Loved it Clearly remember the turmoil of the time. Equality is an ongoing struggle.
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The Help
August 12th, 2013
I thought this book was wonderfully written, especially with the "accent". It certainly depicts the differences of opinions in those days and exclaims how life should be today....equal. I would have liked to have known what happened to some of the other maids in the end and what became of the lady who "ate the pie". I loved the book and what it stood for. A definite read for all.
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Excellent read
August 10th, 2013
I loved this book. Each of the characters were so alive it felt like you knew them personally. I haven't seen the movie yet but the book is amazing.
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The help
July 23rd, 2013
Love this, could not stop reading it.
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Loved
July 18th, 2013
Read it in one night, couldn't put it down.
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Loved this book!
July 14th, 2013
So much that I couldn't bring myself to go to the movie, because it might spoil the pleasure I took in the book.
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The Help
July 12th, 2013
I finally got to read this, and I am thankful I did. Very moving, interesting, funny, sad, overwhelming to think that this was the way of life, and possibly still is in some areas. Highly recommend.
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Excellent Read
July 11th, 2013
Awesome book - so much better than the movie! Couldn't put it down!
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Excellent
July 9th, 2013
Worth reading even if you have already seen the film. So much more to the characters and the story than the film could portray. I couldn't put it down!
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THE HELP
July 2nd, 2013
There is so much truth to the Novel. I, too, read it in 2days. To date. I gave yet to see the movie. And as it is in most cases, the Novel was too good, to ruin, by seeing it on film.
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À lire
June 25th, 2013
Je viens de terminer ce livre, excellent, je n'ai pas encore vu le film
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Book over movie
June 20th, 2013
The book was amazing the movie did it no justice. Kept me interested and wondering .
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Insightful
June 20th, 2013
I usually don't read novels on race, but this was well written & engaging. I loved the comical parts of it, and thought those moments was tastefully placed as to not take away from the serious subject matter.
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Review based on physical hardcover.
May 22nd, 2013
I enjoyed the book and would recommend it. Was a bit disapointed with the ending it was to open ended IMO.
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awesome
April 29th, 2013
the only book that really sinks into my heart when it comes to emotional part.
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The Help
April 20th, 2013
The Help is funny, sad, happy and a beautiful read. This book revisits a time in history I am truly glad I was never a part of. I could't put it down. Once again a novel that is so much more in depth in charachter and detail than the movie could ever portray. Imagination is far greater than theatrical presentation.
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The Help
April 20th, 2013
The Help is funny, sad, happy and a beautiful read. This book revisits a time in history I am truly glad I was never a part of. I could't put it down. Once again a novel that is so much more in depth in charachter and detail than the movie could ever portray. Imagination is far greater than theatrical presentation.
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Loved
April 13th, 2013
This book was so interesting, I will definitely read it again!
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I LOVED THIS
March 11th, 2013
I saw the movie first. I took my two neices, so they would know how their grandmother, my mother had been treated as they call The Help. My mother passed in 2005 so she didn't get to see the movie. I believe she would have loved it. Minnie would have been her favorite, because she herself was like her, fiesty. The book was so awesome much more details than the movie. Every white person that had help were not awful people. My momma worked for a lot more kind than not so kind white people.
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The Help
March 10th, 2013
Excellent book. Everyone should give it a try.
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Empowering
March 4th, 2013
Loved the book, it was such an amazing read. I'll have a hard time finding another book that intrigued me as much as this one did!!
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1 review
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
March 2nd, 2013
Was fun to read especially the pie part....I would like to kick miss hilly in the taco, even her part fit in! Loved the movie also! Would like to read something else by Ms Stockett!
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My First Book
March 1st, 2013
This was great reading, I'm 53 and this is the first book I've read since high school. I'm hooked, thanks.
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The Help
February 26th, 2013
I liked the way this title immediately transported me into living in Mississippi during the 1960s. The characters felt real and I cared about what happened to them. The ending elicited a feeling of hope that change can happen, no matter your situation. I really enjoyed this book and read it in only 2 days as I just had to find out what was in that pie, although I have to admit I guessed it!
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