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Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help

By Feb 18, 2011January 26th, 201561 Comments

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I read The Help last summer.

I enjoyed every last wordful morsel that Stockett offered in her novel.  I thought her character development was phenomenal.  The social implications got me thinking, and I fell in love with Stockett’s readable prose.  I loved that it’s possible for a work of historical fiction to take place in my life time (well, almost).  I was impressed that Stockett used her life observations, story telling power, and education to produce a work that is so easily devoured and enjoyed by many.

She inspires me, and I thought maybe she’ll inspire you, too.

image from Goodreads.com

Before our live chat based on the novel The Help, I thought that it would be a good idea to find out more about the author.  This is what I found (courtesy of www.kathrynstockett.com):

“Kathryn Stockett was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. After graduating from the University of Alabama with a degree in English and creative writing, she moved to New York City, where she worked in magazine publishing for nine years. She currently lives in Atlanta with her husband and daughter. She is working on her second novel”.

{Insert squeal}

I can’t wait for her second novel to be released and look forward to discussing The Help with you on THURSDAY, March 4th at 7:00 P.M. Pacific Time right here in the SITS discussion forum.

In the meantime, for all of you that are also inspired by Kathryn Stockett, know that she believes there are two key tools every writer needs: tenacity and a great writing mentor.

Something to think about……

Who inspires you?

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  • willow says:

    My book club is reading The Help for our May selection. I would be interested to know if anyone has reader’s guide questions or discussion questions for this book?

  • Ginny Marie says:

    I just finished The Help a couple of days ago, and I am so excited for Thursday! 🙂

    I have many wonderful women who inspire me, but the first person who came to mind is my mom. 🙂

  • Mary O'Bryan says:

    Loved the Help. Read it a few weeks ago and couldn’t put it down. Brought back so many memories of my childhood. I had wondered about starting a bookclub after reading it but see that this forum will be much more meaningful.

  • Good morning ladies! I’m still waiting to read the book. I’m #12 in the queue to checkout the e-book through my library. Have a great weekend!!

  • PatriciaD says:

    Great book. I’m glad this book was loaned to me because it didn’t sound all that interesting to me either but I really enjoyed it. Worth the read and loved, loved, loved the voices of the characters.

  • Elena says:

    I’ll have to check this out. Roll Tide!

  • Melanie J says:

    I have not yet read the book, but I would be curious to hear how she came about writing this story. I know it is said that it is fiction, however as I understand it there is a lawsuit filed by a woman who claims she is Kathryn’s main character in her book. I also would like to read her book to see how the racial aspect is portrayed…being that the characters are black and the author is white. Cant wait till 3/4 and hopefully I’ll have found the time to read it by then.

  • Blond Duck says:

    I loved the Help. I read it in three hours and couldn’t put it down! I wish I could be there for the chat!

  • myne Whitman says:

    I loved her book and can’t wait for the next too. I agree that one needs a writing mentor to shine. Mine is my husband, who’s an awesome writer too.

  • I read “The Help” at the beach last year. It was such a page turner that I found myself locked up in the bathroom burning through the pages — as a girl raised in the south who attended a very southern all women’s college in the south, I couldn’t put it down. Love this book and so glad Ms. Stockett wrote such a timeless treasure for all of us to enjoy. I’m planning to share my copy of the book with my own daughters when they are older.

  • Bianca says:

    Last year I was at the house I worked at (as a nanny) and the mom had a copy of The Help on one of the end tables in the family living room. The boys were asleep so I picked up the book and instantly I was drawn in. I couldn’t put it down! By the time the mom & dad came home I was already pulled in to the story. Thankfully the mom let me borrow it and 2 days later I brought it back, completely read. The Help not only pulled me in to a world I identified with (as a caretaker) but it was also a jumpstart back into the world of reading. Being a Lit major in college, I took a break from reading for pleasure once I entered the career world. The Help reminded me how a book can grab you and pull you in to a world you feel like you’re living. It had been a long time since I’d read a book that grabbed me from the first page and I’ve recommended this book to everyone I know!

  • Glamamom says:

    I enjoyed The Help tremendously.

    Me? I’m inspired by my family and the successful and driven women I surround myself with.

  • Julie says:

    This is my all-time favorite book. I could NOT put it down and have recommended it to every woman I know. She just captured the characters so well that at the end of the story I didn’t want to say goodbye to them.

  • Leslie Limon says:

    I absolutely loved this book! It was the first book I read on my Kindle and I could not put it down. I just re-read it this week, so that everything was fresh in my mind. And even though I knew what was going to happen, I couldn’t stop reading.

  • She'sWrite says:

    I LOVED this book. I felt that it really did a great job of showing how life can be on both sides of the racial fence. The white side and the black side. I loved her honesty about race, which is something that is hard for many to do. And I loved the universal bonds between the women. Great, lovable read with perfect pitch.

  • Thanks – I need a good book this week. Everyone in my house is sick and I’m tired of cleaning!

  • Devonay says:

    I haven’t read it yet. I will have to read it so I can give an opinion. I’m inspired by my family. My Mom was always my inspiration, and since her passing, I’m amazed at the strength that those of us left behind continue to have.

  • I so loved this book… Who inspires me? So many of my fellow bloggers. So many of the women I’ve come across in the blog world write so beautifully… it makes me wish…

  • Always happy to find a new read to download to my Literati!

  • Melody says:

    I feel soooo out of proverbial the loop as this surgery has kicked my but, and I am so far behind in the challenges I’ve set for myself. I’ll catch up somehow. I swear! I miss you all.

    • angie says:

      Wishing you well!

      • Melody says:

        I am so glad to have received your comment here. Thank you. It brought me to your site, which I love, and even better helped me connect with a company I’ve never seen before, Twisted Silver! I do hope to network with them as well. What a great strategy for bringing traffic and conversation into the SITS experience 🙂

  • Grandma Nina says:

    I’m always looking for a good book. This one is now next on my list. Thanks.

  • MsB.P says:

    I should get from my mother-in-law’s library, it seems so engaging :).

  • my book club read this a few months ago, but I didn’t get a chance to with the new baby… it’s still in my tbr pile!

  • Kimberly says:

    I loved The Help. It was one of the best books I’ve read as an adult (and I read a lot of books).

  • I just read this book and LOVED it. Can’t wait for her second novel!

  • Jayme says:

    I just finished this book! SO very good!

  • Natacha says:

    I loved this book! It was a great story… and the writing was excellent!

  • Exciting!!! My sister-in-law recommended this book! Can’t wait to read it!!!

  • Victoria D. says:

    Ok I’m sorry SITstas but,

    Death to “The Help” !!!!

    I just hate this book with everything inside of me. LOL

    Happy Friday!


  • Mrs. Jen B says:

    The ladies I’ve been meeting both thru SITS and elsewhere in the blogsphere constantly inspire me. Everyone has their own lives – kids, spouses, homes, jobs, what have you. But we’re all taking time to live our passions in one way or another, whether it’s through writing, crafting, cooking, whatever – and we’re sharing it with each other. I am constantly amazed.

  • RocketGirl says:

    I’ll add this to my library list!

    As far as who inspires me… at the moment, I’ll go with my daughter. Sounds easy and trite, I know, but I’ve had an insane week at work, and coming home inspires me to forget about work and speak the universal language of bubble bath!

  • Scraps says:

    Glad it was the bookclub selection for this month–I’d never heard of it (read mostly non-fiction) and found it really interesting and such a quick read (3 nights before bed).

    Looking forward to the discussion!

  • Lisa says:

    I loved this book. The audio cd was even better. It was the best I’ve ever listened to. I just gave it away on my blog and wish I’d kept it now. 🙂

  • Mariposa says:

    I have yet to read this book, but have heard a lot of good things about it. I may have to make time to read it soon! 🙂

  • I loved The Help! It lead it such great conversation at my book club this fall. It was also fun to discuss while I was reading it at the beach last summer with my NC born & raised mom & grandmother.

    • Angie says:

      I love that you were able to have so many meaningful conversations about the book. Hope you will bring those insights to the live chat!

  • Every day people who live and learn through struggles inspire me!
    Would love to read this book!

  • I am reading The Help right now and love it! My inlaws are from Jackson Mississippi. The character development is amazing as is the dialog. Not even half way through and I would completely recommend this read.

  • April says:

    I heard of The Help. I will have to check it out.

  • Life inspires me. Great stories inspire me. My family and friends inspire me. – Now if only I had a great novel idea. 🙂 I think nonfiction is my place…..

  • This book was AMAZING!!

  • Loved “The Help”. Cant wait to read her new book. I didn’t even realize she had one coming out.

  • Diane says:

    I read all about her after I read The Help last year too. I did not know that she has a new novel coming out soon. I will definitely have to check that out!

  • want to read this! Haven’t had a chance!

  • I’m inspired by people like Kathryn; writing is a lonely business, and it definitely takes tenacity to get a book published! Congratulations, Kathryn!!!

  • Only God Himself, really.

  • I was gifted the book The Help at Christmas .. and have not yet had an opportunity to read it .. may have to curl up with it this week-end and a cup of tea..HHL

    • Angie says:

      I had the book sitting on my nightstand for 2 months before I read it. It just didn’t sound that interesting based on the jacket. BUT, it’s worth it. SO good.