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."

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Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.


When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).