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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 and marketing for nine years. The Help is her first novel. Read her review of My Hollywood:
My Hollywood: Step into the glittering lives of Hollywood America, as scrubbed, wiped, and polished by immigrant women. It's so refreshing that a book can be this poignant, satirical, and heartbreaking at once. You might find yourself laughing at your own life as you read what the help says and thinks behind the backs of American housewives. You'll wonder at the intricate system of the modern household--where one mother pays another to give her children love. It illuminates the differences between American and immigrant mothers--until you realize how alike we are! The vivid accents and the vibrant voices of the children continue to ring in my ear. I loaned it to my mom and she took it to Mississippi with her and won't send it back. I'll be buying a copy of my own.
This is an extraordinary literary work. Ten years in the writing, Mona Simpson expertly tells a story that is really nothing more than everyday life (not much of a plot, per se,... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Cathryn Conroy
Interesting to note differences in American culture and Filipino culture. Parts of the book were funny. Overall it was entertaining but kind of off the wall and almost dreamlike. Read morePublished 17 months ago by georgia johnson
As a mother in Los Angeles dealing with all these issues I loved this novel. The horror of realizing your husband won't shoulder his share of parenting…or even come home before... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Yoga Mommy
My Hollywood was a book that I could not get through. Too many characters cluttered up the whole story. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Michelle Marie Quimby
After new parents Claire and Paul move from New York City to Hollywood, chasing Paul's dreams of becoming a sitcom writer, they hire Lola to help with baby William. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Joanna M
Readable, but seemed strereotyped to me. Fillippino dialects unconvincing. Made babysitters seem like second-class citizens in an otherwise wealthy community.Published 20 months ago by Emily P. Williams
Well-drawn characters .... a moving, gripping story. When I finished it, I wished that I could have been taken care of by Lola.Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
Too many characters and too hard to keep track of what's going on. The same point could have been made with out all the confusionPublished on September 10, 2013 by Carol M Smith