Books The Help by Kathryn Stockett Paperback, 534 pages, Penguin Group USA, List Price: $16 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleThe HelpAuthorKathryn Stockett Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon iBooks Independent Booksellers Other editions available for purchase: Paperback, 534 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published April 5 2011 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleThe HelpAuthorKathryn Stockett Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon iBooks Independent Booksellers Book Summary Limited and persecuted by racial divides in 1962 Jackson, Miss., three women — an African-American maid, her sassy and chronically unemployed friend (also a maid) and a recently graduated white woman — team up for a clandestine project. Genres: Historical Fiction Fiction Awards and Recognition 54 weeks on NPR Paperback Fiction Bestseller List Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about The Help Opinion New In Paperback Maintaining Control: Mafia, Mental Health, Slavery And Segregation April 28, 2011 In fiction, John le Carre takes a cold look at the Russian mafia state, while Isabel Allende and Andrea Levy explore the contradictions of slavery, and Katherine Stockett probes 1960s Southern racial politics. In nonfiction, Ethan Watters decries the export of U.S. mental health treatments. Review The Week's Best Stories From NPR Books A Nuanced Novel Of Race In The Deep South July 1, 2009 Author Kathryn Stockett explores racial tensions in the Deep South from three different perspectives in her novel The Help. Karen Grigsby Bates says if you read one book this summer, this should be it.