The Help

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The Help
544 pages; Berkley
Why We Love It: Set in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962, Stockett's debut novel centers on two black women working in white households and a young white reporter who teams up with them to expose the truth of what "the help" endure. Although Stockett's inspiring story had some detractors, she opened a new channel in our national conversation about race.

The Sequel: The conversation is far from over. Twenty, 30 or 50 years later, where are these women and their children? What has changed in their world? What hasn't?
— Dawn Raffel