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The Help   (INSCRIBED, with TLS from publisher Amy Einhorn) by  Kathryn Stockett - Signed First Edition - 2009 - from Swan's Fine Books and Biblio.com

The Help (INSCRIBED, with TLS from publisher Amy Einhorn)

by Stockett, Kathryn

Condition: Fine/Fine


New York: Amy Einhorn Books / Published by G. P. Putnam's Sons, A Member of Penguin Group Inc, 2009. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. Octavo size, 461 pp., inscribed by Kathryn Stockett. This book explores relations between African-American maids and their white employers in the South of the early 1960s, told in an intimate style that touched the heartstrings of so many of us, whether through reading the book or seeing the film version produced two years later (which received four Academy Award nominations). This copy is inscribed by the author, simply, "To Linda" on the title page, with her signature below, "K Stockett", and it is accompanied by a short typed letter from the publisher, Amy Einhorn, who presented this copy to the "Linda" (no last name), stating "You were so kind as to be an early champion for Kathryn Stockett's novel, THE HELP. So I wanted to be sure you were one of the first to receive not only a finished copy, hot off the presses, but a signed copy by the author". We do not know who "Linda" was, apparently from references in the second paragraph, a bookseller. ___DESCRIPTION: Quarter yellow laid paper with ivory paper boards, title in gilt on the front board, gilt lettering on the spine, title page in grey and black; octavo size (9.25" by 6.25"), pagination: [i-viii] [1] 2-451 [452-453], inscribed by Kathryn Stockett on the title page. In a pictorial paper dust jacket with title inside a purple oval, purple and black lettering on the spine, praise for the book on the rear panel, a description of the book on the front and rear flap with author bio on the rear flap; dust jacket is unclipped with the original price of $24.95 on the front flap. ___CONDITION: Volume is fine, with clean boards, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, perfectly straight corners with no rubbing, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; head and tail of the spine are very gently bumped, else fine. The dust jacket is near fine, unclipped, clean, slight wear at the creases, else fine. ___POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard does not always cover costs; please contact us for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.

The Help is a 2009 novel by American author Kathryn Stockett. It is about African American maids working in white households in Jackson, Mississippi during the early 1960s. The novel is told from the perspective of three characters.


  • Bookseller: Swan's Fine Books US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 16022701
  • Title: The Help (INSCRIBED, with TLS from publisher Amy Einhorn)
  • Author: Stockett, Kathryn
  • Format/binding:Hardcover
  • Book condition: Used - Fine
  • Jacket condition: Fine
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Edition: First Edition
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Amy Einhorn Books / Published by G. P. Putnam's Sons, A Member of Penguin Group Inc
  • Place: New York
  • Date published: 2009
  • Keywords: Lit - Modern, African-American Literature, Race Relations, 1960s South, SIGNED, Books into Films


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On Dec 23 2010, thissideofgaudy said:
  "Very rarely do I read a book straight through. Usually, I have two to six going at once. Not this time. I read the entire book in two days.Although I was born roughly in the middle of this narrative, the world described had mercifully disappeared by the time I became aware of the world around me. From the very beginning, I was astounded by the stupidity and pointlessness of many of the "taboos" believed in by the employers. These taboos not only covered the "help", but also constrained the women themselves in virtually all aspects of their lives. A person's qualifications and achievements seemed to be secondary to where they came from or what social group they were part of. I came away with a sense of both how far we have come and how some prejudices are still hiding even inside those of us who feel enlightened."
On Oct 6 2010, ccqdesigns said:
  " Wow, what a book. I am from the south, and I was 10 years old in 1963. I remember the Sears where my mother worked having a Colored and White Bathroom and a Colored and White water fountain. I remember the outside door at the theater that said colored and led to the balcony and our delight when they finally opened it up to everyone and us teenagers could sneak up there.I was not one of the kids that had a full time maid or nanny that raised them, but I had friends that did. What thi ...more Wow, what a book. I am from the south, and I was 10 years old in 1963. I remember the Sears where my mother worked having a Colored and White Bathroom and a Colored and White water fountain. I remember the outside door at the theater that said colored and led to the balcony and our delight when they finally opened it up to everyone and us teenagers could sneak up there.I was not one of the kids that had a full time maid or nanny that raised them, but I had friends that did. What this book did for me is fill in the gaps that I never knew. I saw what was going on, I heard it, but I never really understood it, and my parents were more like Skeeter, people were just people. Yes, we had a housekeeper that came once a week because my mother had to work full time. She cleaned our house, ate at our table, cooked our dinner that night, and we visited her family at the holidays and took them a turkey at thanksgiving and wrapped presents at Christmas.But I wonder now what else we did that I was not aware of. How did we treat her and others that was considered "normal" then? Were we guilty of the prejudice and segregation-ism that is portrayed in this book? I have to say probably because we were a product of our time. I can only say that I am no longer that product. Everyone should read this book. Everyone. It is so true, correct and real it could have been my town or any town in the south in 1963. "
On Oct 4 2010, Stampinmama said:
  "In 2010 I decided to start reading a lot more- I set my yearly goal at 30 books and I have already hit 30!!!-this is an acomplishment for me working full time--"The Help" has been my favorite book so far this year--and has me thinking of the civil rights era so I have been trying to read other books based on that subject."

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