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 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangladeshi mathematician's past barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and spy-haunted Afghanistan in a page-turning tale of exile, intrigue and the price of friendship. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

The People's Platform

Once touted as the foundation for tomorrow's digital democracy, the Internet is increasingly ruled by a few corporate giants, while millions of contributors till its fields for free. Astra Taylor looks at why the web has failed to deliver a communitarian cyberscape, and offers a compelling case for restoring its original vision.

A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.