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With than 3 million copies sold the #1 New York Times bestseller is now available in a special gift edition A modern classic The Help has been a cultural touchstone for the millions of readers who have cheered on Skeeter laughed with Minny and hissed at Hilly The noble and strong Aibileen has become a heroine for countless fans whose letters have poured in fr. I read the first paragraph of The Help absorbing the words but suddenly being caught off guard by the dialect I stopped readingI shifted the book in my hands flipping to the author's biography and photograph on the back of the dust jacket Staring up at me was this image error

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The Help1492 Pictures is scheduled for a major motion picture release in August 2011This beautiful edition destined to be passed down from generation to generation is filled with special features including satin ribbon marker printed endpapers two color interior printingThis deluxe gift edition is the perfect gift for someone you love or as a special treat for yourse. The Kindle DX I ordered is galloping to the rescue today AND for all the book purists which would include me this is a need rather than a want Post several eye surgeries I'm just plain sick of struggling to read the words on a pageHowever despite the visual challenges I read all 451 pages of The Help yesterday Clearly the book held my interest However I spent last night pondering why the book wasn't as good as my nonstop reading would indicate What was wrong Most of all I think it was the book's ambivalent tone In brief a white woman Miss Skeeter Phelan one of Jackson Mississippi's socially elite convinces a number of the African American maids to tell her their story What goes on in the homes of the upper crust How do these women really treat their maids Though the book would be published anonymously and no locations would be given the stories provide enough detail so that the premise that the book could be received as being about Anywhere USA defies belief Further while having the book's source known might subject Skeeter to social ostracism this is the 1960s in Missa fuckin sippi in the middle of the very tense civil rights' battles For the maids discovery would mean loss of a job with no hope of getting another position and retribution that could include being falsely accused of a crime and jailed or even being injured or killedDespite the underlying tension and references to violent events that do occur the book teeters At times I was furious and in tears over the effing racism and the tragedies described But Kathryn Stockett keeps pulling back It's as though she wants it both ways Let's divulge the incredible cruelty and violence that black people routinely endured but let's also show the goodness of some white people and soft pedal the whole thing into a broader theme ie how difficult it is for two women in any uneual power situation to be friendsNope Sorry You can't have it both ways Though some of the women are kinder to their maids they did not fight against the separate but eual indignities that included building a nigra toilet in their home or garage so that the maids' nasty germs would not infect them the separate entrances the substandard schools the justice system that made a white accusation the same as proof and on and on and onI don't want a book to make me cry and then pull back and say It's all right It's not all right If you're going to write a book about this horrible time in our history and in a country where racism is still alive and well then do it all out What these women endured deserves Don't put it out there and then pull back and use a Doris Day lens It doesn't work

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review The Help Ó eBook or Kindle ePUB · With than 3 million copies sold the #1 New York Times bestseller is now available in a special gift edition A modern classic The Help has been a cultural touchstone for the millions of readers who have cheered on Skeeter laughed with Minny and hissed at Hilly The noble and strong Aibileen has become a Om all over the world Now the bestselling and beloved book is available in a deluxe gift edition The Help has been on bestseller lists for longer than any other hardcover fiction title since The Da Vinci Code It was USA Today's 2009 Book of the Year and has been published in thirty seven countries around the worldThe movie The Help produced by DreamWorks and. Here is an illustrative tale of what it was like to be a black maid during the civil rights movement of the 1960s in racially conflicted Mississippi There is such deep history in the blackwhite relationship and this story beautifully shows the complex spectrum not only the hate abuse mistrust but the love attachment dependence Stockett includes this uote by Howell Raines in her personal except at the end of the novel There is no trickier subject for a writer from the South than that of affection between a black person and a white one in the uneual world of segregation For the dishonesty upon which a society is founded makes every emotion suspect makes it impossible to know whether what flowed between two people was honest feeling or pity or pragmatism An elouent way to describe Stockett's intentions for this novel I know most reviews will probably focus on the racial relationships in the book but to me the most haunting statement was that when you are paying someone to care for you and their livelihood depends on making you happy you can't expect an honest relationship I did not expect this book to hit so close to home After all I did not grow up in the South and completely missed the racial mind shift in the country But the book isn't just about racism and civil rights It's about the employer relationship too And I did grow up in South America with a maid trying to keep herself out of poverty by making our crazy family happy As much as we loved her I can see so many of the pitfalls from these complex relationships in my own history I know our maid was stuck between pleasing my mother and raising us the way she believed appropriate I know it was physically hard to work from sunup to late everyday and emotionally hard to never relax because she wasn't the decision maker of our home and at any moment she could be reprimanded for making the wrong decision She had absolutely no power and yet she was all powerful to shape and mold us I needed her felt bad for how much I imposed upon her but I never voiced how much I appreciated or loved her I took her for granted Even though she was paid to love us I know she did We were her children especially my youngest brothers And yet when she moved back home we lost contact Was it out of laziness of our own narcissistic lives or was the complexity of our relationship so draining she cut the tie It is my fear that she thinks we did not return her affection and only thought of her as the maid I often think about her we all reminisce about her wondering where she is and than anything I just want to know that she is happy and tell her thank you It is so strange that someone who is such a vital part of your childhood can just vanish out of your life They say its like true love good help You only get one in a lifetime I know Believe me I knowThe story is strong and real and touched something deep inside me I could so relate to the motherly love from Constantine to Skeeter see that pain in the triangle between Aibileen and Mae Mobley and Elizabeth feel the exasperation of Minny toward Celia and understand the complexity of the good and bad the love and hate the fear and security Stockett captured all these emotionsI also loved the writing style When style compliments plot I get giddy I don't always love grammatically incorrect prose or books about an author trying to be published but here it works because it's honest The novel is about a white woman secretly compiling true accounts of black maids and the novel is in essence a white author trying to understand black maids The styles parallel each other as do the messages The point of Skeeter's novel is to make people see that people are just people no matter the color of their skin and Stockett's novel beautifully portrays that with both good and bad on both sides The fictional novel cover is decorated with the white dove of love and understanding To get us there Stockett gives us three ordinary birds a picture of ordinary life asking to be accepted for its honest simplicity This book is Stockett's masterpiece that story in her that was just itching to get out From the first page the voice of the characters took vivid form and became real breathing people I loved Aibileen but think I loved Minny's voice because she is such a strong character Besides the maids I loved Hilly as a portrayal of the white Southern belle with the ingrained belief that black people are not as good as whites verbalized as separate but eual so it doesn't sound racist My favorite scene was when Hilly says they have to be careful of racists because they are out there She's a bit over the top but if you've been to the South not that far of a stretch I just would have liked to find some redeeming ualities in her from Skeeter's perspective While there are some instances where I felt Stockett was sueezing historical facts into the novel forming the plot around these events instead of letting them play backdrop and occasionally I could read the modern woman in this tale pushing her message too hard Stockett's sincerity to understand and appreciate shines through She lived this book to some extent and the story is a part of her Because it's important to her it becomes important to me