The Help Readalikes
The Help, by Kathryn Stockett, evokes the South of the early 1960s, revealing the pervasive unspoken code of behavior and discrimination at the dawn of the civil rights movement. The novel also depicts the intricacies and complications of female friendship, female ambition, and interracial relationships. All of these titles are located in the Adult Fiction section of the Library unless otherwise noted. If you also enjoyed the movie version of The Help you may want to try one of our suggested viewalikes.
If you want to read about race relations and the South try:
Campbell, Bebe Moore. Your Blues Ain’t Like Mine. 1992.
Covington, Vicki. The Last Hotel for Women. 1996.
Johnson, Deborah. The Air Between Us. 2008.
Robbins, Kenneth. The City of Churches. 2004.
If you want to read about coming of age and the civil rights movement try:
Briscoe, Connie. Big Girls Don’t Cry. 1996.
Devoto, Pat Cunningham. The Summer We Got Saved. 2005.
Grau, Shirley Ann. Roadwalkers. 1994.
Grooms, Anthony. Bombingham. 2001.
Martin, Joe. Fire in the Rock. 2001.
Miller, Alyce. Stopping for Green Lights. 1999.
Nicholas, Denise. Freshwater Road. 2005.
If you want to read about similar friendships between women try:
Cox, Elizabeth. Night Talk. 1997.
Marshall, Bev. Right as Rain. 2004.
Neilson, Melany. Persia Café. 2001.
- Olson, Lynne. Freedom’s Daughters: the Unsung Heroines of the Civil Rights Movement from 1830 to 1970. 2001. (Adult Nonfiction 323.092275 O).
If you want to read compelling nonfiction about the same era try:
Brinkley, Douglas. Rosa Parks. 2000. (Adult Nonfiction B P2526br).
Halberstam, David. The Children. 1998. (Adult Nonfiction 323.1196073 H).
McWhorter, Diane. Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama: The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution. 2001. (Adult Nonfiction 323.1196073 M).