Kathryn Stockett

Three gripping tales of human folly, struggle, and survival.



A native of  Jackson, Mississippi, Kathryn Stockett had migrated to Manhattan for a career in magazine publishing, when she found herself repeatedly talking to other southern-born New Yorkers about their experience of childhood and "the women who'd raised us in our mama's kitchens."  Drawing on both her own family's past and deep research into the history of her former hometown, she fashioned in her bestselling novel The Help a story that examines on the forces that divided -- and linked --black and white women in the 1960s South.   Here, Kathryn Stockett shares with us three novels she loves.


Books by Kathryn Stockett




The Well and the Mine

By Gin Phillips


"A stranger bought me this novel at a bookstore. He nodded and said, 'Just read it.' I was blown away by this story about a mining family in Alabama who finds a baby in a well. These are sturdy, fascinating Americans. My favorite detail: the children believed that Birmingham was the biggest city in the world."







The Sweet By and By

By Todd Johnson


" I am in love with the dialect and language of this book. Five women bickering, judging, loving, growing old together and you cannot stop laughing, even when your heart is hurting. Keep a pencil nearby-- you’ll constantly be underlining all your favorite, funny lines."







City of Thieves

By David Benioff


"City of Thievesis to me, the perfect novel. It’s like zooming through a breathtaking Russian city where you have to force yourself to slow down, because the setting is so gorgeous, so visceral. Oh but it’s so hard to read slowly because you literally feel the fingernails of the starving people down your back. A killer adventure. I have never felt the environment like this before. I have never craved an omelet more in my life."

April 18: "[W]ould it be too bold to imagine that all warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament…?"

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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.