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The Secret Life of Bees
by Sue Monk Kidd | Literature & Fiction
Registered by brewski of Markham, Ontario Canada on 2/22/2005
Average 7 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by Channosaurus): to be read

2 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by brewski from Markham, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, February 22, 2005

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A hard-cover edition.

From Publishers Weekly:
Honey-sweet but never cloying, this debut by nonfiction author Kidd (The Dance of the Dissident Daughter) features a hive's worth of appealing female characters, an offbeat plot and a lovely style. It's 1964, the year of the Civil Rights Act, in Sylvan, S.C. Fourteen-year-old Lily is on the lam with motherly servant Rosaleen, fleeing both Lily's abusive father T. Ray and the police who battered Rosaleen for defending her new right to vote. Lily is also fleeing memories, particularly her jumbled recollection of how, as a frightened four-year-old, she accidentally shot and killed her mother during a fight with T. Ray. Among her mother's possessions, Lily finds a picture of a black Virgin Mary with "Tiburon, S.C." on the back so, blindly, she and Rosaleen head there. It turns out that the town is headquarters of Black Madonna Honey, produced by three middle-aged black sisters, August, June and May Boatwright. The "Calendar sisters" take in the fugitives, putting Lily to work in the honey house, where for the first time in years she's happy. But August, clearly the queen bee of the Boatwrights, keeps asking Lily searching questions. Faced with so ideally maternal a figure as August, most girls would babble uncontrollably. But Lily is a budding writer, desperate to connect yet fiercely protective of her secret interior life. Kidd's success at capturing the moody adolescent girl's voice makes her ambivalence comprehensible and charming. And it's deeply satisfying when August teaches Lily to "find the mother in (herself)" a soothing lesson that should charm female readers of all ages. (Jan. 28)Forecast: Blurbs from an impressive lineup of women writers Anita Shreve, Susan Isaacs, Ursula Hegi pitch this book straight at its intended readership. It's hard to say whether confusion with the similarly titled Bee Season will hurt or help sales, but a 10-city author tour should help distinguish Kidd. Film rights have been optioned and foreign rights sold in England and France. 

Journal Entry 2 by brewski from Markham, Ontario Canada on Thursday, March 03, 2005

8 out of 10

Well I must say that I learned a lot of interesting facts about bees while reading this book. I looked forward to each new chapter when I got to see a new bee quote from another book :)

Definitely a good book that is worth reading.


Journal Entry 3 by brewski from Markham, Ontario Canada on Thursday, June 23, 2005

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I plan to either pass this on to my brother, or release this if it is not his kind of book. 

Journal Entry 4 by brewski from Markham, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, July 12, 2005

This book has not been rated.

Headed to California with my brother on July 10, 2005. 

Journal Entry 5 by Channosaurus from Los Angeles, California USA on Friday, January 26, 2007

6 out of 10

Enjoyable, but a little sappy. 

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