The help [electronic resource]. Kathryn Stockett.
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- ISBN: 9781415961261 (sound recording)
- Physical Description: 1 online resource (14 audio files) : digital
- Edition: Unabridged.
- Publisher: New York : Books on Tape, 2009.
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Narrator: Octavia Spencer.
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, 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.Minny, Aibileen's best friend, 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 to know her reputation.Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk.
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Text Difficulty 9 - Text Difficulty 12
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Requires OverDrive Listen (file size: N/A KB) or OverDrive app (file size: 510526 KB).
- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2011 January #1
Jackson, Mississippi, in the early 1960s is a city of tradition. Silver is used at bridge-club luncheons, pieces polished to perfection by black maids who "yes, ma'am," and "no, ma'am," to the young white ladies who order the days. This is the world Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan enters when she graduates from Ole Miss and returns to the family plantation, but it is a world that, to her, seems ripe for change. As she observes her friend Elizabeth rudely interact with Aibileen, the gentle black woman who is practically raising Elizabeth's two-year-old daughter, Mae Mobley, Skeeter latches ontothe idea of writing the story of such fraught domestic relations from the help's point of view. With the reluctant assistance of Aibileen's feisty friend, Minny, Skeeter manages to interview a dozen of the city's maids, and the book, when it is finally published, rocks Jackson's world in unimaginable ways. With pitch-perfect tone and an unerring facility for character and setting, Stockett's richly accomplished debut novel inventively explores the unspoken ways in which the nascent civil rights and feminist movements threatened the southern status quo. Look for the forthcoming movie to generate keen interest in Stockett's luminous portrait of friendship, loyalty, courage, and redemption. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.
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