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The Secret Life of Bees

Kidd, Sue Monk (Book - 2003 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Now in paperback comes the intoxicating debut novel of "one motherless daughter's discover of ... the strange and wondrous places we find love" ("The Washington Post"). Sue Monk Kidd's ravishing work is set in South Carolina in 1964.
Authors: Kidd, Sue Monk
Title: The secret life of bees
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2003, c2002
Characteristics: xii, 302, 15 p. ;,20 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Sue Monk Kidd
Notes: Originally published in hardcover: New York : Viking, 2002
Includes "A Penguin readers guide to The secret life of bees."
Summary: Now in paperback comes the intoxicating debut novel of "one motherless daughter's discover of ... the strange and wondrous places we find love" ("The Washington Post"). Sue Monk Kidd's ravishing work is set in South Carolina in 1964.
ISBN: 0142001740
9780142001745
Branch Call Number: FICTION KIDD 2003
Subject Headings: Teenage girls Fiction African American women Fiction Maternal deprivation Fiction South Carolina Fiction Race relations Fiction Beekeepers Fiction Sisters Fiction
Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Bildungsromans
Topical Term: Teenage girls
African American women
Maternal deprivation
Race relations
Beekeepers
Sisters
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13 year old Lily, a white girl, ends up living in a distant town with three black bee-keeping sisters, who transcend racial and gender limitations through their belief in the Black Madonna.

13 year old Lily, a white girl, ends up living in a distant town with three black bee-keeping sisters, who transcend racial and gender limitations through their belief in the Black Madonna.

This book tells the tale of a 14-year-old white girl named Lily Owen who is raised by the elderly African American Rosaleen after the accidental death of Lily's mother. Following a racial brawl in 1960s Tiburon, SC, Lily and Rosaleen find shelter in a distant town with three black bee-keeping sis... Read More »

Fourteen-year-old Lily Owens lost her beloved mother when she was only four--under tragic circumstances clouded by time and secrecy. She later found a fiercely protective "stand-in," her abusive father's outspoken housekeeper, Rosaleen. Ignoring differences in age and color--and the fac... Read More »

Searching for the truth about her mother’s life and death, a grieving Lily finds the answers, love, and acceptance where she least expects it.


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This remarkable debut novel has stolen the hearts of readers with its strong voice and its exploration of life’s wounds. Set in South Carolina in 1964, the year of the Civil Rights Act and intensifying racial unrest, it tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. When Lily and her stand-in mother are forced to escape to a town that holds the secret to her mother’s past, they are taken into an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters who introduce Lily to a mesmerizing world of bees, honey and a powerful Black Madonna who presides over their household.

Jul 31, 2014
  • Mo18_0 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is the second time I read this book, it is such a nice book. I've seen the movie also but I prefer the book over the movie because it has more details.

Jul 11, 2014
  • Zoomerofall rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Beautiful book! It made me want to live with the sisters.

Jun 14, 2014
  • TiaunaMass rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book was truly inspirational and May's death was the saddest part in the entire book it still brings tears to my eyes to know she was such a loving character and loved making others happy. I felt awful because she couldn't take all the pain and suffering in the world. It was almost as if she could feel others peoples pain, in her heart.

Jun 05, 2014
  • Whetto rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A really good book, with a good message and wonderfully written. I am glad I read this book.

"For ten years, motherless Lily Owens has lived alone with her mean-spirited father on his rural South Carolina peach farm. On Lily's 14th birthday, which occurs in the summer of 1964, days after the Civil Rights Act is passed, Lily and Rosaleen, her African-American stand-in mother, walk into town, where Rosaleen plans to register to vote. An altercation with three racists lands Lily and Rosaleen in the back of a police car. They then journey to Tiburon, South Carolina where three African-American beekeeping sisters, who have a connection to Lily's mother, take them in." Fiction A to Z March 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/7b91ded4-ca5a-4608-8a16-ef2289b1f6ae?postId=f9c8c515-1dd1-45e1-a5c7-70f56e57d920

The Most Wonderfull Book I Have Benn Ever Readed...Really This Book Is Awesome,It Made Me Fly On The SKy....Lol...

I may or may not want to read books written before this one. This is her first novel and books before that were spiritual memoirs. Review the Wikipedia article.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sue_Monk_Kidd

Jan 29, 2014
  • JP13 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I read this book when I was in High School, I thought it was great! I checked-out the Spanish version for my parents and they are enjoying this book as well.

Dec 04, 2013
  • DeltaQueen50 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I was a little sceptical about this book, fearing it would be overly sentimental but both the story and the writing won me over. That the book is written in a strong authentic southern voice made the characters come alive and the story seamless.

There does seem to be a running theme in many books by southern authors these days of white girls learning life lessons while getting love and security from a black woman but even though the plot was familiar, I enjoyed this particular book and would recommend The Secret Life of Bees to anyone who enjoys this type of story.

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Jul 10, 2014
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Violence: Fighting scene

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Coarse Language: the N word that's about it.

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Jun 05, 2014
  • Whetto rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The Secret Life of Bees Movie Trailer, 2009

"Starring Queen Latifah and Dakota Fanning, The Secret Life of Bees is the moving tale of Lily Owens, a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother. To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with her father, Lily flees with Rosaleen, her caregiver and only friend, to a South Carolina town that holds the secret to her mother's past. Taken in by the intelligent and independent Boatwright sisters, Lily finds solace in their mesmerizing world of beekeeping, honey and the Black Madonna. Also starring Academny Award winner Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, & Paul Bettany"

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