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:

Berg, Elizabeth. We Are All Welcome Here. 2006.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eAudiobook

Campbell, Bebe Moore. Your Blues Ain’t Like Mine. 1992.

Covington, Vicki. The Last Hotel for Women. 1996.

Gaines, Ernest J. A Lesson Before Dying. 1993.
     Also available: CD

Johnson, Deborah. The Air Between Us. 2008.

Naslund, Sena Jeter. Four Spirits. 2003.
     Also available: CD

Robbins, Kenneth. The City of Churches. 2004.

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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.

Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. 1960.
     Also available: Large Type, CD

Martin, Joe. Fire in the Rock. 2001.

Miller, Alyce. Stopping for Green Lights. 1999.

Nicholas, Denise. Freshwater Road. 2005.

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If you want to read about similar friendships between women try:

Cox, Elizabeth. Night Talk. 1997.

Kidd, Sue Monk. The Secret Life of Bees. 2002.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eBook, eAudiobook, Digital Player

Marshall, Bev. Right as Rain. 2004.

Morrison, Toni. Sula. 1973.
     Also available: CD

Neilson, Melany. Persia Café. 2001.

Walker, Alice. The Color Purple. 1982.
     Also available: CD

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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).

Olson, Lynne. Freedom’s Daughters: the Unsung Heroines of the Civil Rights Movement from 1830 to 1970. 2001. (Adult Nonfiction 323.092275 O).

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