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More than 100 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list…More than 2.5 million hardcovers in print…Available in more than 40 countries…and now a major motion picture!

And now THE HELP by Kathryn Stockett is one of the year's most anticipated films! Check out the official website for The Help here and the trailer here.

Set in the segregated South of the early 1960s, THE HELP tells the story of Skeeter, an ambitious young white woman, and the two African-American maids --- Aibileen and Minny --- whose lives she chronicles. THE HELP takes readers back to a time and place where not all people were treated equal and civil freedoms were not guaranteed. It is a deeply moving story of race, class and the meaning of family that unfolds during one of the most tumultuous time periods in American history. THE HELP is a book that sparks many emotions and debates about our country's past while we continue to build a better future.

We hope you enjoy this special feature and tribute to THE HELP. Below you will find a wealth of information about the book, including our review, a reading guide, more film information and links to articles of interest.

About the Book

Be prepared to meet three unforgettable women:

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…

Click here to read a review.
Click here to read an excerpt.
Click here for the reading group guide.
Click here to read critical praise for THE HELP.
Click here to buy the book.

About Kathryn Stockett

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 family. THE HELP is her first novel.


About The Film

In theaters now!

Visit the official DreamWorks website here.

Click here to visit the film’s page on IMDB.
Click here to see a slideshow of pictures from the film.
Click here to see the crew take Jackson, Mississippi back in time.

We invite you to share your favorite moment from THE HELP with us, whether it’s a particular passage, character, or how you were introduced to the book.

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