The Secret Life of Bees
11 journalers for this copy...
Lily has grown up believing she accidentally killed her mother when she was four. She not only has her own memory of holding the gun, but her father's account of the event. Now fourteen, she yeams for her mother, and for forgiveness. Living on a peach farm in South Carolina with her father, she has only one friend: Rosaleen, a black servant whose sharp exterior hides a tender heart. South Carolina in the sixties is a place where segregation is still considered a cause worth fighting for. When racial tension explodes one summer afternoon, and Rosaleen is arrested and beaten, Lily is compelled to act. Fugitives from justice and from Lily's harsh and unyielding father, they follow a trail left by the woman who died ten years before. Finding sanctuary in the home of three beekeeping sisters, Lily starts a journey as much about her understanding of the world, as about the mystery surrounding her mother.
Superficially this is a very "sweet" story, however it has depths; touching upon racial segregation, the emancipation of black people in the USA in the 60's and the search for one's place in society. Lily finds the sometimes painful truth about her mother, and ends up more comfortable with herself.
It's a very easy read; humorous, sad and uplifting.
Journal Entry 3
-- Controlled Release in Ely, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom on Thursday, July 21, 2005
Released 15 yrs ago (7/21/2005 UTC) at -- Controlled Release in Ely, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
To another bookcrosser with thanks for his RABCK. This was on HIS wishlist.
Received from MrsDanvers as a RABCK. It is greatly appreciated and will be read as soon as I have finished my current book.
An enjoyable little book, about a young teenage girl coming of age. It's quite easy to read, but has a conscience too, with a message about racism and fitting into a family. I have decided to offer this book as a bookray, and will post later with more details of that.
I've had a great response from people wanting to be part of this ray. The mailing list is:
rosiewhippet - UK
chocdrop - UK
carriehhh - UK
lapin-blanc - France
BettyBoekwurm - Portugal
shorty04 - USA
rooshill - USA
Tashe - USA
OneTwoRedBlue - USA
spiritinflight - Canada
sarahbear - Australia
The ray will remain open indefinitely, and anyone wanting to join can PM me. Their name will go at the bottom of the list.
Will be sent to rosiewhippet today (17th April)
Received the book safely. Have been looking forward to reading this one! Just noticed that thebook was first registered in Ely, Cambs. Thats about 20 mins from here!!
Am reading another book at the mo, but will be finish very soon will start it next week.
Will let you know how it goes
Nearly finished. Am really enjoying this book, took me a couple of chapters to get into it, but am finding it ace now!! Just can't wait to find out the ending.
Will PM the next person to get their address.
Will let you know when I'm done.
Have just finnished reading this book. I really liked it. I wasn't sure at the beginning...it took me a couple of chapters to get into it. I thought it was a little bit slow to get started. However it was a lovely little story with a happy ending, which you would expect.
I won't give any more away otherwise I will spoil it for the rest of you!!
Thanks for this ring,
I have chocdrop's address so I will get it in the post to her later today.
Thanks to anthonybairdis for this one.
Released 14 yrs ago (5/4/2006 UTC) at
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Am sending this onto the next person in the ring...Chocdrop. Enjoy.
Sent 2nd Class 04/05/06.
This book arrived today - thanks rosiewhippet.
I've got one bookring to finish before this, but it shouldn't take me too long to read it.
I've just finished reading this book. I also found it a bit slow to start with, but once you get past the first couple of chapters, it's an enjoyable read. I will get this in the post to carriehhh later today.
I received this in the post yesterday - thank you! It's next on my TBR list!
I enjoyed this book admittedly more towards the end - I agree with past journalers that it is very slow to start off with, but persevere! It is a good read and a pretty easy one. I have PMed lapin-blanc, next on the mailing list, and when I get the address it'll be winging its way to Ile-de-France. Happy reading!
Journal Entry 15
A Fellow Bookcrosser in — Controlled Release, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom on Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Released 14 yrs ago (5/25/2006 UTC) at A Fellow Bookcrosser in — Controlled Release, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
The book arrived safely today per post. Thank you Carriehhh for the lovely postcard and ton très sympathique texte en français :-)!
Will probably start reading it this week-end.
I really enjoyed this book. It was an easy to read, touching and heartwarming book of racial tension, acceptance and coming of age.
The Secret Life of bees has been sent to Portugal today.
Just arrived today! (Oh I love getting home and having a book waiting for me in the post box!)I'm looking forward to it.
Et merci lapin-blanc pour la petite surprise. (did I get that right?)
An enjoyable read of a coming of age story. I specially enjoyed Lilly's 14 year old voice (which I found quite believable).
Though it's a light book, it brushes on some deeper subjects with that innocence and sense of discovery that a young adult would have. Racial segregation and injustice, the pain of loss and feelings of abandonment, bad memories that haunt you every day, alongside the discovery of true frindship and companionship, and of first love. In general a very sweet book, that I rather enjoyed.
Will mail to shorty04 tommorrow morning.
Got it today.
Will start it today too!
This was a delightful little read. This was a very touching story. I loved that it was through the eyes of a 14 year old in the turbulent 60's.
Journal Entry 22
To the next participant in Bookring/Bookray, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- Canada on Sunday, July 09, 2006
Released 14 yrs ago (7/9/2006 UTC) at To the next participant in Bookring/Bookray, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- Canada
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Sending to rooshill to keep the ray moving!
I have to finish at least one of the books I'm reading before I start this, but will get to it within a week I'm sure.
I loved this book. I wasn't sure if I'd get into it, since I read The Mermaid Chair a while ago (my first S. M. Kidd book) and kind of liked it, but kind of didn't...but now I've revised my opinion of the author!
This was one of those books that slipped away without me noticing - before I knew it, I was finished!
Thanks for setting up the ray, anthony. :)
Hmm, I have received this book about a week ago and I apologize for my tardiness in journaling. It arrived safely. I am in the midsts of reading it but am at the moment a bit disappointed in it. It was toted as an exceptional book but I am finding it difficult to believe Lily's voice as believeable or even very likable. I also find it a bit patronizing to african american population while toting prejudiced words as honesty. I am willing to try to finish it, despite my initial bad reaction to the novel. I recognize I am in the minority in not liking this book.
I will pop back here in a couple of days and let you know if the book was somehow redeemed in my eyes and to give the next one in this ring a heads up. Have a great day,
I am having difficulties getting ahold of OneTwoRedBlue who is next in line for the book. So, I am contacting Spiritinflight in hopes of sending the book on. I have asked her to again see if she can contact OneTwoRedBlue, perhaps she is simply on vacation and did not get my messages.
Hope to have the book out soon. Sorry for the holdup.
just recieved today look forward to reading this
I've passed on sarahbear's address to spiritinflight, so the "Bees" should be travelling DownUnder soon.