THE HELP is THE Book of the Year

Just yesterday, we noted that The Help had appeared on only two best books lists — People’s and Entertainment Weekly‘s.

Forget about that — today, USA Today names it THE  Book of the Year.

The book’s author, Kathryn Stockett was also interviewed by Michelle Norris on NPR‘s All Things Considered last night. Norris introduces the interview by saying that The Help is a book she “can’t seem to escape.” Women call her about it, email her and even approach her in the frozen food aisle to talk about it. The Help seems to compell “…white women to seek out conversation with black women about race and privilege.”

The Help rose from #2 on Amazon sales rankings to #1.


The Help
Kathryn Stockett
Retail Price: $24.95
Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: Putnam Adult – (2009-02-10)
ISBN / EAN: 0399155341 / 9780399155345

Penguin Audio; ISBN: 9780143144182 $39.95
Downloadable from OverDrive in both eBook and audio


Also available on the NPR Web site is a poignant essay by Norris about the 1974 edition of The Black Book, recently released in a 35th anniversary edition, and what it meant to her and her family when she was growing up.

The Black Book: 35th Anniversary Edition
Retail Price: $35.00
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Random House – (2009-11-10)
ISBN / EAN: 1400068487 / 9781400068487

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