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  • In “The Help,” Kathryn Stockett’s button-pushing, soon to be wildly popular novel about black domestic servants working in white Southern households in the early 1960s, one woman works especially tirelessly. She labors long into the night. She is exhausted. Her eyes are stinging, her fingers bloody and sore.
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  1. 1. Printsasia.com (Online Bookstore) THE HELP by Kathryn Stockett0425232204 97804252322000399155341 9780399155345 Available @ Printsasia.com Paper Back: The Help 0425232204 9780425232200 Hard back: The Help 0399155341 9780399155345 Million Title are Available @ Printsasia.com
  2. 2. Printsasia.com (Online Bookstore) THE HELP Kathryn Stockett 0425232204 9780425232200 0399155341 9780399155345THE HELPBy Kathryn Stockett In “The Help,” Kathryn Stockett’s button-pushing, soon to be wildly popular novel about black domestic servants working in white Southern households in the early 1960s, one woman works especially tirelessly. She labors long into the night. She is exhausted. Her eyes are stinging, her fingers bloody and sore. Is she ironing pleats? Scrubbing toilets? Polishing silver for an all-important meeting of the localbridge club? No way. She is Miss Skeeter Phelan, a white woman. And the whitewomen of “The Help” don’t do those demeaning jobs. They don’t do much ofanything else either.But brave, tenacious Skeeter is different. So she is slaving away on a book that willblow the lid off the suffering endured by black maids in Jackson, Miss. Skeeter’sgoing to call the place “Niceville,” but she won’t make it sound nice. All ofJackson’s post-sorority girls from Ole Miss will be up in arms if Skeeter’s tell-allbook sees the light of day. Million Title are Available @ Printsasia.com
  3. 3. Printsasia.com (Online Bookstore) The trouble on the pages of Skeeter’s book is nothing compared with the trouble Ms. Stockett’s real book risks getting into. Here is a debut novel by a Southern-born white author who renders black maids’ voices in thick, dated dialect. (“Law have mercy,” one says, when asked to cooperate with the book project. “I reckon I’m on do it.”) It’s a story that purports to value the maids’ lives while subordinating them to Skeeter and her writingambitions. And it celebrates noblesse oblige so readily that Skeeter’s act of daringearns her a gift from a local black church congregation. “This one, this is for thewhite lady,” the Reverend of that church says. “You tell her we love her, like she’sour own family.”A brief word now about Ms. Stockett: When she moved to New York City fromJackson, she came to understand how deeply ambivalent she felt about her roots.If a New Yorker told her that Jackson must be beautiful, she would say it wasfraught with crime. But if a New Yorker spoke contemptuously about Jackson, Ms.Stockett would rise to its defense. “Mississippi is like my mother,” she writes in anafterword to “The Help.” And you will see, after your wrestling match with thisproblematic but ultimately winning novel, that when it comes to the love-hatefamilial bond between Ms. Stockett and her subject matter, she’s telling the truth.Expectations notwithstanding, it’s not the black maids who are done a disserviceby this white writer; it’s the white folk. The two principal maid characters, thelovingly maternal Aibileen and the angry, scrappy Minny, leap off the page in alltheir warm, three-dimensional glory. Book groups armed with hankies will talk Million Title are Available @ Printsasia.com
  4. 4. Printsasia.com (Online Bookstore)and talk about their quiet bravery and the outrageous insults dished out by theirvain, racist employers. The HelpThe worst of these bosses, a woman known as Miss Hilly, treats Minny like a thief.And she campaigns to have Jackson households install extra toilets so that coloredhelp will not have to use white families’ restricted bathrooms. With the kind oflead-footed linkage that runs throughout this novel — even though it mayaccurately reflect what Ms. Stockett witnessed in her Southern girlhood — MissHilly’s Junior League does its fund-raising for the sake of “the Poor StarvingChildren of Africa” while treating the poor African-Americans of Jackson as ifthey were subhuman.Miss Hilly is enough of a witch for readers to wait eagerly for a house to fall onher. She makes herself the nemesis of each of the book’s black characters andmany of its white ones. Sounding decades older than Skeeter even though the twowere college roommates, Hilly shrieks villainously about the virtues of segregationand the rectitude of Mississippi’s politicians.News of the real world seeps into the book only occasionally, with a brief televisedglimpse of James Meredith integrating Ole Miss or other muffled rendered news.“There is a skirmish in Vietnam,” Skeeter notices. “The reporter seems to think it’llbe solved without much fuss.”The tide of soapsuds rises as Skeeter comes across a copy of Jim Crow laws and isgalvanized into action; as Skeeter the liberal-minded spinster begins dating theson of an intolerant local politician; as Skeeter begins wondering what happened Million Title are Available @ Printsasia.com
  5. 5. Printsasia.com (Online Bookstore)to Constantine, the maid who lovingly raised her; and as both Aibileen and Minnybecome increasingly privy to the secrets of their employers’ households.Though “The Help” might well have veered off into violent repression of thesemaids’ outspokenness (one character is blinded for having accidentally used awhites-only bathroom), Ms. Stockett doesn’t take it there. She’s interested in theaffection and intimacy buried beneath even the most seemingly impersonalhousehold connections.Aibileen is this book’s loveliest character, especially in scenes that have her raisingMae Mobley, the toddler now in her charge. Having endured the pain of raising white child after white child only to see them grow up and away from her, Aibileen is still ready to embrace another one. On the evidence of Ms. Stockett’s autobiographical afterword, this is the part of the story she knows best; she herself had an absentee white mother and was raised by a black woman named Demetrie. She loved Demetrie dearly without ever giving much thought to what Demetrie’s life was like, and she says that “The Help”was written to fill in that gap.Mae Mobley’s little games include pretending to stage a sit-in at a Woolworth’scounter and pretending to ride the bus with Rosa Parks. Or so it goes in thisultimately soft-pedaled version of Southern women’s lives, one in which realdanger is usually at a distance. Million Title are Available @ Printsasia.com
  6. 6. Printsasia.com (Online Bookstore)At one point Skeeter hears a strange new guy, Bob Dylan, singing a strange newsong, “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” and finds herself full of optimism. Hadshe heard the same Bob Dylan singing “The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll,” hisaccusatory song about the fatal caning of a 51-year-old black barmaid by ayoung white patrician, “The Help” might have ventured outside its harsh yet stillcomfortable, reader-friendly world. From : The Book of the New York Time" Kathryn Socketts "The Help" will live in hearts and minds, betaught in schools, be cherished by readers. The three women whoform its core, idealistic Skeeter, loving Aibileen, and sarcastic,sassy Minny, narrate their chapters each in a voice that isdistinctive as Minnys caramel cake no one else in Jackson,Mississippi, can duplicate.These stories of the black maids working for white women in thestate of Mississippi of the 60s have an insiders view of child-rearing, Junior League benefits, town gossip, and race relations. Million Title are Available @ Printsasia.com
  7. 7. Printsasia.com (Online Bookstore)Hilly is the towns white Queen Bee with an antebellum attitudetowards race. She hopes to lead her minions into the latter partof the century with the "enlightened" view of making sure everyhome in Jackson, Mississippi, has a separate toilet for the help.Her crusade is, she says, based on clear hygienic criteria, whichwill save both blacks and whites from heinous diseases.Despite the fact that the maids prepare the food, care for thechildren, and clean every part of every home, privy to everysecret, many of the white women look at their black maids as analien race. There are more enlightened views, especially those ofSkeeter, a white, single woman with a college degree, whoaspires to more than earning her MRS. Skeeter begins collectingthe maids stories. And the maids themselves find the issue ofrace humiliating, infuriating, life-controlling. Race sows bitterseeds in the dignity of women who feel they have no choicesexcept to follow their mamas into the white womens kitchens andlaundries. Aibilene says, "I just want things to be better for thekids." Their hopes lie in education and improvement, changesomeday for their children.There is real danger for the maids sharing their stories as well asdanger for Skeeter herself. The death of Medgar Evers touchesthe women deeply, making them question their work and adecision to forge ahead, hoping their book can be publishedanonymously and yet not recognized by the very white womenthey know to the last deviled egg and crack in a dining roomtable.The relationships between the maids and the white children, themaids and some kind employers, including "white trash" CeciliaFoot, illuminate the strange history of the South. The loveAibileen shows for Mae Mobley matches the love Skeeter felt as awhite child from her maid-nanny Constantine. Million Title are Available @ Printsasia.com
  8. 8. Printsasia.com (Online Bookstore)There is never a dull moment in this long book. It is compulsivelyreadable while teaching strong truths about the way the UnitedStates evolved from a shameful undercurrent of persistent racismto the hopes and dreams of Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks.Ultimately, will the next generations children learn (and betaught) that skin color is nothing more than a wrapping for theperson who lives within? " Review by Eileen Granfors (Santa Clarita, CA)Paper back :The Help By Kathryn Stockett : Book available @ Printsasia.comHard cover :The Help By Kathryn Stockett : Book available @ Printsasia.com Million Title are Available @ Printsasia.com

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