The Help

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The Help by Kathryn Stockett Summary

The #1 New York Times bestselling novel and basis for the Academy Award-winning film—a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don’t—nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read. Aibileen is a black maid in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, who’s always taken orders quietly, but lately she’s unable to hold her bitterness back. Her friend Minny has never held her tongue but now must somehow keep secrets about her employer that leave her speechless. White socialite Skeeter just graduated college. She’s full of ambition, but without a husband, she’s considered a failure. Together, these seemingly different women join together to write a tell-all book about work as a black maid in the South, that could forever alter their destinies and the life of a small town...

The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters

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The author of the Reese Witherspoon Book Club selection Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows follows her acclaimed America debut with this life-affirming, witty family drama—an Indian This Is Where I Leave You—about three Punjabi sisters embarking on a pilgrimage to their homeland to lay their mother to rest. The British-born Punjabi Shergill sisters—Rajni, Jezmeen, and Shirnia—were never close and barely got along growing up, and now as adults, have grown even further apart. Rajni, a school principal is a stickler for order. Jezmeen, a thirty-year-old struggling actress, fears her big break may never come. Shirina, the peacemaking "good" sister married into wealth and enjoys a picture-perfect life. On her deathbed, their mother voices one last wish: that her daughters will make a pilgrimage together to the Golden Temple in Amritsar to carry out her final rites. After a trip to India with her mother long ago, Rajni vowed never to return. But she’s always been a dutiful daughter, and cannot, even now, refuse her mother’s request. Jezmeen has just been publicly fired from her television job, so the trip to India is a welcome break to help her pick up the pieces of her broken career. Shirina’s in-laws are pushing her to make a pivotal decision about her married life; time away will help her decide whether to meekly obey, or to bravely stand up for herself for the first time. Arriving in India, these sisters will make unexpected discoveries about themselves, their mother, and their lives—and learn the real story behind the trip Rajni took with their Mother long ago—a momentous journey that resulted in Mum never being able to return to India again. The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters is a female take on the Indian travel narrative. "I was curious about how different the trip would be if it were undertaken by women, who are vulnerable to different dangers in a male-dominated society," Balli Kaur Jaswal writes. "I also wanted to explore the tensions between tradition and modernity in immigrant communities, and particularly how those tensions play out among women like these sisters, who are the first generation to be raised outside of India." Powerful, emotionally evocative, and wonderfully atmospheric, The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters is a charming and thoughtful story that illuminates the bonds of family, sisterhood, and heritage that tether us despite our differences. Funny and heartbreaking, it is a reminder of the truly important things we must treasure in our lives.

The Book of Help

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The Book of Help traces one woman’s life-long quest for love, connection, and peace of mind. A heartbreakingly vulnerable and tragically funny memoir-in-remedies, Megan Griswold’s narrative spans four decades and six continents –– from the glaciers of Patagonia and the psycho-tropics of Brazil, to academia, the Ivy League, and the study of Eastern medicine. Megan was born into a family who enthusiastically embraced the offerings of New Age California culture –– at seven she asked Santa for her first mantra and by twelve she was taking weekend workshops on personal growth. But later, when her newly-wedded husband calls in the middle of the night to say he’s landed in jail, Megan must accept that her many certificates, degrees and licenses had not been the finish line she’d once imagined them to be, but instead the preliminary training for what would prove to be the wildest, most growth-insisting journey of her life.

Angel Prayers

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Learn how to ask for heavenly help and understand the signs and messages sent to you by the Angels, with the UK's most popular Angel expert! Do you ever feel frustrated because your prayers are going unanswered, and you feel like God and the Angels aren't listening? If you're feeling unsupported, Angel Prayers will turn this situation around for good. In this book, Kyle Gray reveals how to use affirmative prayer to focus on the positive outcome of a situation rather than praying to change something that is perceived as negative. Learn about: * the power of prayer, demonstrated by true stories from Kyle's clients and his own personal experiences * the spiritual laws at play in the world and how your words and intentions affect your life * the Angelic Hierarchy, including the 15 Major Archangels and some new ones that can support you on our journey * invocations and prayers to call specific Angels and Archangels. The final section of the book has a collection of daily and evening prayers, followed by an A-Z directory of prayers for all of life's major events - from relationships and creating abundance to healing dis-ease. Get ready to open up to the beautiful world of Angel prayers - and to see miraculous results! This repackage edition features new Angel stories and new prayers in a beautiful hardback gift format.

The Help-Yourself City

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The Help-Yourself City by Gordon C. C. Douglas Summary

When cash-strapped local governments fail to provide adequate services, and planning policies prioritize economic development over community needs, how do concerned citizens respond? In The Help-Yourself City, Gordon Douglas looks closely at the people who take urban planning into their ownhands, dubbed "do-it-yourself urban design." Through in-depth interviews with do-it-yourselfers, professional planners, and community members, as well as participant observation, photography, media, and policy analysis, Douglas demonstrates that many do-it-yourselfers employ professional techniquesand expertise to enable and inspire their actions. He argues that many unauthorized interventions are created from a position of privilege, where legal repercussions are unlikely, while people from disadvantaged communities where improvements may be most needed face disincentives to taking suchactions themselves. Presenting a needed social analysis of this growing trend, while connecting it to debates on inequality, citizenship, and contemporary urban political economy, The Help-Yourself City tells a street-level story of people's relationships to their surroundings and the individualization of democraticresponsibility.

Girl Online

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From award-winning YouTube sensation Zoe Sugg, popularly known as Zoella, comes her New York Times bestselling debut young adult novel, which perfectly captures what it means to grow up and fall in love in today’s digital world. I have this dream that, secretly, all teenage girls feel exactly like me. And maybe one day, when we realize that we all feel the same, we can all stop pretending we’re something we’re not… But until that day, I’m going to keep it real on this blog and keep it unreal in real life. Penny has a secret. Under the alias GirlOnline, Penny blogs her hidden feelings about friendship, boys, high school drama, her crazy family, and the panic attacks that have begun to take over her life. When things go from bad to worse at school, her parents accept an opportunity to whisk the family away for Christmas at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. There, Penny meets Noah, a gorgeous, guitar-strumming American. Suddenly she is falling in love—and capturing every moment she spends with "Brooklyn Boy" on her blog. But Noah has a secret, too, one that threatens to ruin Penny’s cover—and her closest friendship—forever.

From Uncle Tom's Cabin to The Help

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From Uncle Tom's Cabin to The Help by C. Garcia,V. Young,C. Pimentel Summary

This book surveys the cultural, literary, and cinematic impact of white-authored films and imaginative literature on American society from Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin to Kathryn Stockett's Th e Hel p .

Southern Cultures: The Help Special Issue

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Southern Cultures: The Help Special Issue Volume 20: Number 1 – Spring 2014 Table of Contents Front Porch, by Harry L. Watson "Lauded for her endless gifts and selfless generosity, Mammy is summoned from the kitchen to refute the critics of southern race relations; cruelly circumscribed and taken for granted, she silently confirms them all." The Divided Reception of The Help by Suzanne W. Jones The more one examines the reception of The Help, the less one is able to categorize the reception as divided between blacks and whites or academics and general readers or those who have worked as domestics and those who haven't. Black Women's Memories and The Help by Valerie Smith "Cultural products—literary texts, television series, films, music, theatre, etc.—that look back on the Movement tell us at least as much about how contemporary culture views its own racial politics as they do about the past they purport to represent, often conveying the fantasy that the United States has triumphed over and transcended its racial past." "A Stake in the Story": Kathryn Stockett's The Help, Ellen Douglas's Can't Quit You, Baby, and the Politics of Southern Storytelling by Susan V. Donaldson "Like The Help, Can't Quit You, Baby focuses on the layers of habit, antipathy, resentment, suspicion, attachment, and silence linking white employer and black employee, but in ways that are far more unsettling." "We Ain't Doin' Civil Rights": The Life and Times of a Genre, as Told in The Help by Allison Graham "Perhaps because the modern Civil Rights Movement and television news came of age together, the younger medium was destined to become an iconographic feature of the civil rights genre." Every Child Left Behind: Minny's Many Invisible Children in The Help by Kimberly Wallace-Sanders "The question arises: wouldn't the mammy characters be rendered more believable in their altruism if it extended beyond white children to all children?" Kathryn Stockett's Postmodern First Novel by Pearl McHaney "Pleasure and anger are dependent on one another for heightened authenticity. Discussing The Help with delight and outrage seems just the right action." Not Forgotten: Twenty-Five Years Out from Telling Memories Conversations Between Mary Yelling and Susan Tucker compiled and introduced by Susan Tucker "I am glad she used what the women told us and made something different from it. She made people listen. I know it is fiction, and I know not everyone liked it, but she made people not forget. What more can you want?" Mason-Dixon Lines Prayer for My Children poetry by Kate Daniels About the Contributors Southern Cultures is published quarterly (spring, summer, fall, winter) by the University of North Carolina Press. The journal is sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Center for the Study of the American South.

How To Be Autistic

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An urgent, funny, shocking, and impassioned memoir by the winner of the Spectrum Art Prize 2018, How To Be Autistic presents the rarely shown point of view of someone living with autism. Poe’s voice is confident, moving and often funny, as she reveals to us a very personal account of autism, mental illness, gender and sexual identity. As we follow Charlotte’s journey through school and college, we become as awestruck by her extraordinary passion for life as by the enormous privations that she must undergo to live it. From food and fandom, to body modification and comic conventions, Charlotte’s experiences through the torments of schooldays and young adulthood leave us with a riot of conflicting emotions: horror, empathy, despair, laugh-out-loud amusement and, most of all, respect.

From Uncle Tom's Cabin to The Help

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From Uncle Tom's Cabin to The Help by C. Garcia,V. Young,C. Pimentel Summary

This book surveys the cultural, literary, and cinematic impact of white-authored films and imaginative literature on American society from Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin to Kathryn Stockett's Th e Hel p .

The HELP Quilt

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The HELP Quilt by Deb Force Summary

The stories in this book will involve you in the drama of shelter adoptions that are sometimes nearly miraculous. You will read about the joy adoptions have brought to families, the tragedies that brought these animals to the shelter as well as the humor and surprise of animal life in adoption shelters.

The Friend

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WINNER OF THE 2018 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "A beautiful book … a world of insight into death, grief, art, and love." —Wall Street Journal "A penetrating, moving meditation on loss, comfort, memory...Nunez has a wry, withering wit." —NPR "Dry, allusive and charming…the comedy here writes itself.” The New York Times A moving story of love, friendship, grief, healing, and the magical bond between a woman and her dog. When a woman unexpectedly loses her lifelong best friend and mentor, she finds herself burdened with the unwanted dog he has left behind. Her own battle against grief is intensified by the mute suffering of the dog, a huge Great Dane traumatized by the inexplicable disappearance of its master, and by the threat of eviction: dogs are prohibited in her apartment building. While others worry that grief has made her a victim of magical thinking, the woman refuses to be separated from the dog except for brief periods of time. Isolated from the rest of the world, increasingly obsessed with the dog's care, determined to read its mind and fathom its heart, she comes dangerously close to unraveling. But while troubles abound, rich and surprising rewards lie in store for both of them. Elegiac and searching, The Friend is both a meditation on loss and a celebration of human-canine devotion.

Meet the Help

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Meet the Help by Bertha Todd,Rhonda Bellamy Summary

Rhonda Bellamy is a veteran journalist with 22 years experience in broadcast and print media. She is substitute host for "Byline: Wilmington," a public affairs show on local CBS affiliate WILM. She has recently been named interim executive director of a newly formed arts council to serve the greater Wilmington area. A co-founder of the Black Arts Alliance, Inc., Rhonda chairs the organization's signature North Carolina Black Film Festival. She presently serves on the board of trustees of Cameron Art Museum and the New Hanover County Library Foundation. A native of New York, Rhonda graduated from Wilmington's E. A. Laney High School and North Carolina Central University, where she holds a B. A. in Englishwith a concentration in media/journalism and graduate credits in instructional media. MEET the Help is her third journalistic experience regarding books. She also edited Moving Forward Together: A Community Remembers 1898 and My Restless Journey, the memoirs of Bertha Boykin Todd.Bertha Boykin Todd was a media specialist and school administrator for New Hanover County Public Schools for 39 years. She earned her undergraduate degree in biology and a master of library science degree from North Carolina Central University. She earned a master's degree and an Ed.S. in Administration and Supervision from East Carolina University. Bertha was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Her memoirs, My Restless Journey, were released in 2010.

The Help - Behind the Story

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The Help - Behind the Story by Kimberly Stancil Summary

Kathryn Stockett's unconventional childhood in Mississippi, along with a special relationship with her family's housekeeper, set the backdrop for this intriguing story of discrimination, privilege, and friendship. The brutal and unflinching honesty of this novel exposes many of the negative parts of Southern culture that some would like to forget, while simultaneously displaying Stockett's dark sense of humor. What unusual challenges did the author face on her journey from manuscript to published book? From where did she draw inspiration for her vivid characters? Why did The Help inspire such passionate fans as well as detractors? How do we as humans cope with severe loss in our lives, especially when it happens over time? Why do people discriminate against and judge one another? Can three women from very different perspectives help to bring about change in a era of firmly held prejudices? All of these issues and more are explored in the award-winning tale of The Help. Experience: The Behind the Story Effect After reading a BTS... You feel inspired to follow your hearts and dreams... — Arshi Ever been backstage at a concert? Here you go -- in written form. — Author, Editor I felt enriched with knowledge about the book, and I felt like I knew more about the book. — Aspiring Author It makes me discover new things, and when I re-read the book, my emotions are different, deeper now that I understand what's behind the book. — Karlen I felt closer to the writer knowing more about them as a person and why they wrote what they wrote. — The Beta Reading Club I felt like the Behind the Story offered a new look into the book, and appreciated that, as most of the time, that angle is unexplored. — Aspiring Author Get ready for one of the most unique experiences you will ever have...this is definitely CliffNotes and SparkNotes on Steroids. — Author, Editor

A Study of Deities of Rig Veda (with the Help of Science)

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A Study of Deities of Rig Veda (with the Help of Science) by Shanti Swarup Gupta Summary

This Is Probably For The First Time That A Serious Study Of Deities Of Rig Veda Has Been Made With The Help Of Modern Research Methodology And Science To Find Out What The Rishis Had Said, A Few Thousand Years Back, About The Deities. Efforts Were Also Made To Identify These Gods. It Is A Finding Of Great Importance That What Rishis Had Said About These Gods Is Being Corroborated By The Western Science Today. Dr. Gupta Has Grouped These 33 Gods Of Rig Veda In Three Categories: (I) Natural Phenomena Gods Sky, Earth, Fire, Air And Water. All The Material Things Are Produced By Their Permutations And Combinations. These Five Natural Phenomena Gods Have Their Sub-Gods Also. For Example, Agni Has Surya Agni (Nuclear Energy), Apan Napat Agni (Agni In The Sky Like Lightning), Davanal (Agni On Earth), Badvanal (Agni In The Oceans Or Water) And Jathragni (Agni In The Body); (Ii) Gods Connected With Soul Energy Such As Vishnu (Can Be Compared With A Modern Generating Station), Brahama, Who Induces The Tiny, Invisible, Weightless Particles Of Soul Energy In All The Living Beings To Give Them Life, Shiva, Who, At An Interval Of Time, Takes Out This Particle Of Soul Energy From All The Living Beings And They All Become Dead, And Yama, Who And Whose Assistants Take These Tiny Particles Of Soul To A Place Called Yama Loka; (Iii) Craftsmen Gods Such As Vishvakarma, Tvastha And Ribhugan Who Assemble And Mix The Five Basic Elements In Different Proportions To Create Structures Or Forms So That Soul-Particles Can Be Introduced In Them; And (Iv) Miscellaneous Gods Such As Rishis And Other Men, Animals (Cow, Frog, Etc.) Raised To Godhood, And Other Important Things Like Meaning Of Prayer, Does Rig Veda Give History Etc.

The Help / Прислуга. Книга для чтения на английском языке

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The Help / Прислуга. Книга для чтения на английском языке by Кэтрин Стокетт Summary

Предлагаем вниманию читателей первый роман американской писательницы Кэтрин Стокетт, вышедший в свет в 2009 году и сразу ставший бестселлером. В книге приводится полный неадаптированный текст романа с комментариями и словарем.

The Help America Vote Act of 2002

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The Help America Vote Act of 2002 by Fletcher Haulley Summary

Describes the breakdown in the Florida voting system during the 2000 presidential election and the changes it initiated.

Essentials of Bio-Statistics: An overview with the help of Software

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Essentials of Bio-Statistics: An overview with the help of Software by EDITOR IJSMI Summary

This book intends to provide an overview of biostatistics concepts and methodology through the use of statistical software. It helps clinicians, health care and biomedical professionals who need to have basic knowledge of biostatistics as they come across clinical data related to patient, drug and dosage requirement, treatment modalities in day to day life and they are required to take clinical and health care decisions based on the data. This book covers basic concepts involved in the field of Biostatistics such as descriptive statistics, inferential statistics, correlation and regression along with the advanced concepts such as factor analysis, cluster analysis, discriminant analysis and survival analysis. Each topic is explained with the help of R statistical package (open source package). One important note that the book will not discuss about the formulas and equations involved in the statistical concepts and the author assumes that the readers have basic understanding of excel as the sample dataset is used in the book are mostly excel based datasets and also have some clinical background.

Beating Cancer with the Help of Einstein

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Beating Cancer with the Help of Einstein by Donald Wood Summary

Having travelled to many remote areas of the world to fulfil a promise to his dying wife, the writer has found that the centenarians of the world are still using age-old remedies in order to achieve their longevity and good health. There are reasons as to why we are contracting these dreadful diseases today, and this book tells us how we can avoid being attacked. The writer explains how and why we need to have a good electrical body balance in order to live a long, healthy, and happy life. Some have experienced a miraculous recovery by making healthier lifestyle choices similar to those of the centenarians, and all this is explained in the book.