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The Help by Kathryn Stockett
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it was amazing

"I know what a froat is and how to fix it."

Aibileen Clark knows how to cure childhood illnesses and how to help a young aspiring writer write a regular household-hints column for the local paper. But she's struggling mightily to deal with grief over the death of her 20-something son, and she SURE doesn't think conditions will ever improve for African-American domestic-engineering servants in early-1960s Jackson, Mississippi or anywhere else in the South.

Aibileen's good friend Minny has been a maid since she was very young, and on the first day of her first job her mother admonished her that sass-mouth, especially her degree of it, is highly dangerous--but it's not long before she's just gotta mouth off....and look for another job. As Minny's first "episode" of the book opens, she is yet again looking for a new job, and this time an opportunity pretty much falls into her lap. Celia Foote needs a domestic engineer, but she also needs a friend, a real ally, even a confidante. Oh, one more thing: she needs to keep Minny a secret, at least for a while. I think this plotline was my favorite part. Celia's husband had formerly gone with (even been engaged to?) somebody else; did any of you wonder how they would have gotten along if he had married her instead of Celia?

But, really, which is the worse attack from Minny: a good sass-mouthin' or a good slice of her extra-special chocolate revenge pie?

Thanks for reading.
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Quotes Majenta Liked

Kathryn Stockett
“I always order the banned books from a black market dealer in California, figuring if the State of Mississippi banned them, they must be good.”
Kathryn Stockett, The Help

Kathryn Stockett
“You is kind. You is smart. You is important.”
Kathryn Stockett, The Help

Kathryn Stockett
“Truth.
It feels cool, like water washing over my sticky-hot body. Cooling a heat that's been burning me up all my life.
Truth, I say inside my head again, just for that feeling.”
Kathryn Stockett, The Help

Kathryn Stockett
“All I'm saying is, kindness don't have no boundaries.”
Kathryn Stockett, The Help

Kathryn Stockett
“Mississippi is like my mother. I am allowed to complain about her all I want, but God help the person who raises an ill word about her around me, unless she is their mother too.”
Kathryn Stockett, The Help

Kathryn Stockett
“Who knew paper and ink could be so vicious”
Kathryn Stockett, The Help


Reading Progress

Finished Reading
January 12, 2016 – Shelved

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message 1: by Lilo (new) - added it

Lilo Love your review.--I bought this book a few years ago but haven't had time to read it yet. I have so many must-read non-fiction books I need to read that I rarely allow myself to read fiction.


message 2: by Maureen (new)

Maureen Great review Majenta.


Lucie Novak I loved this book, yet so many rejections before it got published!


message 4: by Sharyl (new) - added it

Sharyl Good review! I have somehow never gotten around to reading this...


Alexandra One of my absolute favorite books ever and that is a wonderful review!!! Love it!


Susanne Strong Great review!!


message 7: by Bibi (new)

Bibi Great review, Majenta


Margie Great review! I loved this book (and movie)!


Nancy Minnie's extra special revenge pie (aka the terrible awful) is my favorite. Good review.


message 10: by G.H. (new) - rated it 4 stars

G.H. Eckel Nice review!


Tamsyn Porter I loved this book although I found it a difficult read. The pie made me laugh a LOT even though it's a bit gross it was sweet revenge.
Best served cold I heard


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