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bookcrossingaddict, December 6, 2011 (view all comments by bookcrossingaddict)
Set during the civil rights era, The Secret Life of Bees is a coming-of-age story about a young girl as she stuggles to make sense of her past, her present and the changing world around her. Though racial issues form a backdrop to the story and do trigger some events, this is not the main theme of this novel. Rather this book is about journeys - physical journeys, emotional journeys and the journey of understanding that happens to us all as we grow up. I highly recommend this book for adults and young adults alike.
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MM, September 14, 2011 (view all comments by MM)
This is a book I find myself returning to time and time again to warm my heart and feed my spirit. The book describes the secret life of bees in rich and mesmerizing detail, but also is about the secret life of women, and the female kinship which transcends ethnicity and age. From the first time I read it I felt myself with old friends, as did my real-life friends, and I strongly believe there is a little of Lily, August, June, and May in each of us.
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emmejo, October 11, 2010 (view all comments by emmejo)
Lily Owens' mother died when she was four and she has been raised by a violent father and their hired help; mostly Rosaleen, a strong-willed black woman who is determined not to let the racists in their town stop her from doing what she has a right to. This attitude leads her to fight back against the town's 3 deepest racists, and she ends up badly beaten and in jail. Lily decides she's had enough, springs Rosaleen, and they set off to a town whose name is written on one of the few belongings Lily has of her mother's. They are taken in by three beekeeping sisters and Lily learns not just about beekeeping, but about what it means to have a family.

I devoured this book in a couple hours. Once I started I just couldn't put it down, the characters had such a hold on me. They seemed so real and fleshed-out, like people who actually might exist. The writing was graceful and unobtrusive, a smooth flow of words that conveyed information clearly without being wordy.
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bjane, January 29, 2010 (view all comments by bjane)
The Secret Life of Bees is a delightful book. It touches upon so many aspects of human life. I became mermerized by Sue Monk Kidd's characters. They become special to us just like the bees. As we unravel the intricate layers of all of their lives, we discover how much sweeetness each one adds to this story and what a wonderful colony of unity and perserverance exists in their world of Tiburon,South Carolina.
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Lucy Little, January 12, 2010 (view all comments by Lucy Little)
This was my favorite book of the decade. It was very freeing. The characters were comfortable breaking rules of conventional society and religion. Yet all they did was in the name of truth and goodness.
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Kidd, Sue Monk
Penguin Books
Pneuman, Angela
New York
Race relations
South carolina
Teenage girls
Domestic fiction
Maternal deprivation.
African-American women
Literature-A to Z
Literature-Coming of Age
General Fiction
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Paperback / softback
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Publication Date:
January 2003
Grade Level:
from 12
8 x 5.31 in
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 336 pages Penguin Books - English 9780142001745 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Sue Monk Kidd is an extraordinary storyteller. Beautifully written."
"Review" by , "Sue Monk Kidd's eccentric, inventive, and ultimately forgiving novel is reminscent of the work of Reynolds Price in its ability to create a truly original Southern voice."
"Review" by , "A wonderful novel about mothers and daughters and the transcendent power of love."
"Synopsis" by , A wry, moving debut novel from a Stegner fellow and "one of the most gifted young writers around" (Lorrie Moore), Lay It on My Heart takes us through one unforgettable month in Charmaine Peake's thirteenth year, as she and her mother come of age in Kentucky.
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This piercing, sly debut novel tells the story of one unforgettable month in a Kentucky girls thirteenth year. Charmaine Peakes prophet father has been committed to a psychiatric institution. Her mother, forced to rent out their house and move them down to a trailer on the river, wont stop telling Charmaine things she doesnt want to hear—from marital details and middle-aged doubts to uncomfortable preoccupations with Charmaines changing body. A sanctimonious missionary kid has taken over her real bedroom, where Charmaine discovers his stash of strange and questionable photos. She is being tested at every turn: Where will her choices take her? And her faith? She tries to pray ceaselessly as her father taught, but with so much upheaval, even God seems to have changed.

Like the beloved Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Lay It on My Heart unleashes Southern humor on the effects of a parents mental illness. It brings us into the heart of a family weathering the toughest patch in their lives. But most of all, it marks out the seemingly unbearable realities of adolescence and the power that comes from discovering—and accepting—who you are. A moving, hilarious portrayal of the relationship between mothers and daughters, this book fulfills Angela Pneumans promise as “one of the most astonishingly talented writers today”(Julie Orringer).

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Sue Monk Kidd’s The Secret Life of Bees, a heartwarming coming of age tale set in 1960s South Carolina, a multi-million copy New York Times bestseller, now an award-winning film starring Dakota Fanning, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson and Alicia Keys

Fans of  Kathryn Stockett’s The Help and Beth Hoffman’s Saving CeeCee Honeycutt will love Sue Monk Kidd’s Southern coming of age tale. The Secret Life of Bees was a New York Times bestseller for more than 125 weeks, a Good Morning America “Read This” Book Club pick and was made into an award-winning film starring Dakota Fanning, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson and Alicia Keys. Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed.

When Lily's fierce-hearted black "stand-in mother," Rosaleen, insults three of the town's most vicious racists, Lily decides they should both escape to Tiburon, South Carolina—a town that holds the secret to her mother's past. There they are taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters who introduce Lily to a mesmerizing world of bees, honey, and the Black Madonna who presides over their household. This is a remarkable story about divine female power and the transforming power of love—a story that women will share and pass on to their daughters for years to come.

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