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A Special Message From the Author of The Help

Dear Real Simple readers: Thank you for taking the time not only to read The Help, but to think about the conflict, the characters and the writing process. Since The Help was released in February 2009, I’ve answered a great deal of questions about the story. Certainly more than I ever anticipated. Before it was published, I was told this […]

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The Help: Chapters 27 to 34. . .and Kathryn Stockett

Hi, everyone: Well, we finally reached the conclusion, and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed this book. In the end, the book written by Skeeter, Aibileen, Minny, and the other maids ended up a hit even among those like Hilly who probably would have preferred to see it burned. For the most part, the damage was minimal but the […]

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The Help Chapter 19-26

This week things took a turn for the worse for Skeeter. We saw the end of her relationship with Stuart Whitworth and she was practically thrown out of the circle of Jackson, MS socialites. While racial tensions intensify around Skeeter, Aibileen, and Minny, it seems to only encourage the other maids to tell Skeeter their stories. A distinguishable divide on […]

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The Help: Chapters 7 to 18

We covered a lot this week and moved a few steps further in some of the cliff-hangers we left off with last time. Skeeter finally had her date with the senator’s son, and it was a disaster, to say the least. I actually felt really bad for her. I saw that it was all downhill the moment he first looked […]

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The Help: Chapters 2 to 6

I am happy to hear that so many of you are enjoying this book as much as I am. This week I found myself laughing out loud on the subway, and I even missed my stop one day on account of being so engrossed. In Chapters 2 to 6 we are able to see things from the perspective of two new women, Minnie and Miss Skeeter. The contrast in thoughts and views between these two women is as drastic as their complexions.</

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The Help: Chapter 1

Hi, everyone: So what are your initial impressions of The Help? It is taking everything in me to not jump ahead in this book. I am definitely engaged so far. At first it took a few minutes to grasp the language, since it is written in a very southern vernacular, but I actually appreciate the language. I feel as though […]

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The Help: Introduction

It’s Nykia Spradley here. While I’m not a newbie to Simply Stated, RealSimple.com’s blogs, I’m delving into new territory by hosting this month’s book club.

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