The Secret Life of Bees

by Sue Monk Kidd | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0142001740 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingbookczukwing of Charleston, South Carolina USA on 3/28/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by wingbookczukwing from Charleston, South Carolina USA on Friday, March 28, 2008
And yet another copy of The SEcret Life of Bees... what are the book gods telling me?

I read this when it first came out and really liked it.

From the Publisher
Living on a peach farm in South Carolina with her harsh, unyielding father, Lily Owens has shaped her entire life around one devastating, blurred memory - the afternoon her mother was killed, when Lily was four. Since then, her only real companion has been the fierce-hearted, and sometimes just fierce, black woman Rosaleen, who acts as her "stand-in mother."

When Rosaleen insults three of the deepest racists in town, Lily knows it's time to spring them both free. They take off in the only direction Lily can think of, toward a town called Tiburon, South Carolina - a name she found on the back of a picture amid the few possessions left by her mother.

There they are taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters named May, June, and August. Lily thinks of them as the calendar sisters and enters their mesmerizing secret world of bees and honey, and of the Black Madonna who presides over this household of strong, wise women. Maternal loss and betrayal, guilt and forgiveness entwine in a story that leads Lily to the single thing her heart longs for most.

Journal Entry 2 by wingbookczukwing at Jim and Nick's- closed in Charleston, South Carolina USA on Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Released 11 yrs ago (4/29/2008 UTC) at Jim and Nick's- closed in Charleston, South Carolina USA

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Journal Entry 3 by futurecat from Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Grabbed at the meetup with the Charleston bookcrossers and the wonderful bookczuk.

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Journal Entry 4 by futurecat from Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Monday, May 12, 2008
A great book, made more so by the fact that it's set somewhere I've been!

Actually, it was kind of scary, especially when I realised it was only set in the 1960s, not decades earlier like I'd thought - frightening to think that within my lifetime people actually thought and behaved like this, and that their racism was not only accepted but condoned by those in authority. And presumably there are still plenty among the older generation who still think the same way - gives me a completely different view of South Carolina :-(

But once I'd got over my shock at the background, there was a wonderful story of women gathering strength from each other to make a difference, and to fight back in their own small way against a hostile world.

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Journal Entry 5 by futurecat at Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Released 11 yrs ago (5/13/2008 UTC) at Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand

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Given to another bookcrosser at tonight's meetup.

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Journal Entry 6 by marcienz from Kimbell, Canterbury New Zealand on Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Brought home from the meetup two nights ago. It looks like something I will read and release.

Hi Bookczuk. Thanks for sending Futurecat back safe and sound and sleepy.

Journal Entry 7 by marcienz from Kimbell, Canterbury New Zealand on Friday, June 27, 2008
Great story, very interesting to read about a house full of women, seeing as I am a minority of one female in a family of five.

Released 11 yrs ago (6/26/2008 UTC) at Another bus driver in Darfield, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- New Zealand

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Given to a beekeeper's wife.

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