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The Secret Life of Bees By Sue Monk Kidd The Secret Life of Bees Set in South Carolina in 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 hea

  • Title: The Secret Life of Bees
  • Author: Sue Monk Kidd
  • ISBN: 9780142001745
  • Page: 154
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Secret Life of Bees By Sue Monk Kidd 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 deepest racists in town, Lily decides to spring them both free They escape to Tiburon, South Carolina a town thSet 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 deepest racists in town, Lily decides to spring them both free They escape to Tiburon, South Carolina a town that holds the secret to her mother s past Taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily is introduced to their mesmerizing world of bees and honey, and the Black Madonna This is a remarkable novel about divine female power, a story women will share and pass on to their daughters for years to come.
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    1. Kerry on said:

      Okay, hear me out This is SO not the kind of book I normally read It s the kind of book my mother reads You know the type I m talking about Reviving Ophelia , Not Without My y books It was, in fact, my mother who demanded I read this book, because she read it in her book club DOUBLE red flag That is when I normally drop the book and run as fast as possible away from her, screaming and flailing my arms But when she gave me this book I happened to have a lot of time on my hands, so I d [...]

    2. Sammy on said:

      Ahhh gasp choke stammer I can barely find the words to say how much I loved this book Honestly, The Secret Life of Bees has to be one of the best books I ve read in a while I just want to give it several A s and a kiss It was touching, well written, beautiful, full of expression, insightful, anything you could want in a book and then some It started off with a bang, that wasn t a bang it grabbed you, but didn t startle you so much that the rest of the book was dull in comparison There was romanc [...]

    3. Dolly on said:

      I confess to being a little hesitant going into this book It is, after all, that most cliched and irritating of literati faves a coming of age story set in the American South Lily, a motherless 14 year old girl lives with her bigoted abusive father on a peach farm in South Carolina Her goals involve befriending black people and finding information about her long dead mother Just summarizing this thing inspires the eye rolling.But the book does have some saving graces First, the writing is incred [...]

    4. Anna on said:

      It was ironic that I read most of this book on Mother s Day At the core, this book isn t about race relations, the Virgin Mary, or even beekeeping, though those are all interesting parts of the story It s a book about mothers Mothers who are imperfect, mothers who make mistakes, and women who become mothers because they see people who need to be loved I can t readily connect to most of those other topics, but everyone on the planet knows what it s like to have or need a mother in their lives.The [...]

    5. Jeffrey on said:

      I surveyed my class and 80% gave it two thumbs up 5 stars That s 28 out of 35 students The rest of the class gave it an OK 3 or 4 stars So my giving it 5 stars has been backed by research into the general public s taste Now, I m not much for spending time on fiction I don t need entertainment, I need information But as a story teller, occasional writing class instructor, I like to keep up with some of the new fiction Bees is pretty good I don t get a sense of the forced or trite here like I do i [...]

    6. Brenda on said:

      Fourteen year old Lily was so tired of her father yelling at her, forcing punishment on her almost daily, accusing her of things she didn t do so when Rosaleen, her nanny since her mother s death when she was just four years old, was arrested and beaten by white men with the police looking on Lily decided enough was enough The racial prejudice in South Carolina in the 1960s was oppressive and cruel Lily couldn t work out why skin colour made such a difference.With no plan other than to get away [...]

    7. Jason Koivu on said:

      Read it Enjoyed it Any day now I expect to be entirely swallowed up by my own home grown vagina If you ve read The Help, you don t need to read this One contemporary coming of age book about a white southern girl amongst black women discovering life in 1960s is plenty Sue Monk Kidd s explosively popular I m going to go out on a very sturdy limb and guess that this was an Oprah book The Secret Life of Bees is a perfectly enjoyable read that any mother would love Oh the imagery, the ambiance, the [...]

    8. Ahmad Sharabiani on said:

      The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd 1383 430 9644053958 20 1384 376 9644424506 1385 379 9648497346 1393 379 9786006605579 .

    9. RaeWalker on said:

      This was a harmless, heart warming book that did not change my life or enrich my thinking in any large way except perhaps that I am slightly less afraid of bees One thing that is a slight pet peeve with me is the healing power apparently inherent in the culture of the other Here is the formula 1 caucasian person, hurt and broken by the world they live in, be it by family, work or environment 1 minority culture black or asian is fine that one caucasian person finding the true wonders in life and [...]

    10. Saleh MoonWalker on said:

      Onvan The Secret Life of Bees Nevisande Sue Monk Kidd ISBN 142001740 ISBN13 9780142001745 Dar 336 Safhe Saal e Chap 2001

    11. Bil on said:

      Set in 1964 at Sylvan, South Carolina, the Secret Life of Bees tells the coming of age story of Lily Owens whose life has been nothing but a struggle after her mother s unexpected death.Heartwarming and empowering, Kidd took me on a journey of self acceptance, faith, and freedom.In a time of growing racial tension and violence, I found a touching story of a young girl in a bee farm with an endearing set of characters Evidently, the main focus of the plot was Lily but I also liked how the underly [...]

    12. Megan Baxter on said:

      Is it ever not going to be problematic to have a book about a young white girl finding nurturing black mother figures in the South It s not the book itself, necessarily, just the part where this is practically a genre unto itself, and I haven t run into any books certainly not with the stature of this one about the young girl in the South who is black, and her experiences Also the part where the black women are mostly there to mother the young white girl, and all of their differences tend to com [...]

    13. Elaine on said:

      A coming to age novel set in South Carolina at the height of desegregation Lily is a lovable pre teen who d grown up believing she killed her mother accidentally and is trying to escape a brutal, abusive father Filled with a cast of eccentric characters, Lily runs away with Rosaleen, a black servant, and finds herself in a beekeeper s sanctuary, where secrets come spilling out of the closet for a cymbal clashing ending Although rendered very close to the voice of a believable pre teen, the prose [...]

    14. XxTainaxX on said:

      I really enjoyed the story about a growing girl finding her way during a difficult time in history to the family she was always meant to have The story is set during the early desegregation period in the US when hostility and resistance to change was the norm Lily is trying to uncover her mother s past while dealing with some recent trouble with her caretaker Rosaleen In her quest, she meets three sisters August, the wise matriarch of the lot June, the skeptical one May, the sweet but troubled o [...]

    15. A.K. on said:

      Read this in a couple of hours while I was babysitting Not always a good sign particularly when the reason I am looking for material is that the only other house options are natural health and yoga magazines, as I am a dedicated chainsmoker with terrible posture Some of the ideas patly blurbed on the back seemed compelling Mary definitely wasn t a WASP, so that s interesting beekeeping is fertile for extended metaphor and tough runaway girlchildren are a favorite, chixploitation or no But while [...]

    16. Red on said:

      I m picking this up again out of desperation it s pretty bad the pacing is terrible, the characterization is spotty, cliched, and rarely believeable, and there is so much shlocky dime store wisdom stuffed into the pages that it s a wonder anything ever actually happens, plot wise writing from the point of view of a child or adolescent is hard, and authors rarely get it right this book certainly doesn t oh god, and the epigraphs at the beginning of each chapter are so hit you over the head obviou [...]

    17. Maggie Stiefvater on said:

      I hesitantly picked up this book based upon numerous recommendations frankly, the back of the book blurb just didn t sound like my sort of thing Historical coming of age drama type stuff is just not me That said, however, Sue Monk Kidd completely made me change my tune While this book isn t perfect, I was completely enchanted by the writing, the pacing, and the careful observation As a Virginian well versed in humid Southern summers and Southern cooking, I thought Kidd did a fantastic job of evo [...]

    18. tee on said:

      I actually liked this book I only read the reviews afterwards and noticed that a lot of people complain of the stereotyping, and embarrassingly I was so in love with the characters that it didn t phase me, I m ashamed I did notice that the African Americans were all painted as stereotypes but I figured that the author was just using a voice that kept with the times back then, that s how everything was seen But now I feel a little conflicted because god damn, I hate stereotypes and I m usually th [...]

    19. Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh on said:

      4 stars They say you can t judge a book by its cover Weird, lately that s what I ve been doing and it s working All the hype brought me to it the cover and title hooked me A great story chock full of symbolism, I suppose it s like an adult Aesop s fable featuring bees Timeline early sixties, place racially charged South Carolina, it s an inspirational and decidedly feminist book with an interesting touch of spiritualism The courageous story of a young girl s escape from a bitter and abusive fath [...]

    20. Shayantani Das on said:

      This book would be absolutely amazing, if there was anythingingenious about this book It s a story about Lily, a 14 year old in the racist American South Sounds familiar There is She is motherless, and is laden with guilt over having accidently killed her mother Her father is evil No really, like pure, unadulterated evil , with no redeeming qualities or anything And, SURPRISE He is abusive And tortures Lily Never saw that one coming Who was persistently screamingClich all the time I was reading [...]

    21. Maciek on said:

      The Secret Life of Bees is a cliched soap opera, the sort of book that would provoke rave responses at book clubs composed of mostly bored housewifes It s a pretty formulaic tale of a young, southern girl whose daddy abuses her, so she decides to run away with her black servant and find solace in an unlikely place.The story is a reversal of Huck Finn s tale, which results in a schmaltzy schlock The novel is full of stereotypes 99% of the white male figures are abusive bastards, the girl s father [...]

    22. Leah on said:

      Though The Secret Life of Bees has the potential to be a heartwarming little novel, it falls flat on many accounts The characters often feel unoriginal, including a sassy black nanny a smart, yet under valued girl who dreams of being a writer and a roughneck southern farmer While cliches exist because of a bit of truth in them, I found nothing truthful in the majority of these characters, whose actions,including the two main inciting incidents of the novel, seem completed unmovitated and out of [...]

    23. Hannah on said:

      Fourteen year old, Lily Owens has only ever wanted to be loved by her parents With a less than loving father, it seems the only hope she will have is to cling to the memory of her deceased mother in hopes that she had loved Lily before her death When Lily s father T Ray, tells her that her mother left her behind when she was younger, that is all the excuse she needs to run away from him and his terrible and hurtful lies Set in the 1960s, during the Civil Rights Movement, Rosaleen, the housekeepe [...]

    24. Sandi on said:

      To me, the difference between is a good book and a great book is whether you have to suspend disbelief or whether you just believe I became curious about The Secret Life of Bees when I saw the preview for the upcoming movie in the theater It looked mildly interesting and overly sugary You know, one of those feel good stories about people coming together despite racial differences It s been done a gazillion times and the stories are usually trite and maudlin I will say that the movie looks like i [...]

    25. UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish on said:

      While blood might be thicker than water, sometimes it s the family we choose to belong to whose ties can t be broken.The story revolves around 14 year old Lily Owens and is at times, dark But as Lily tries to make sense of her life and tries to find another way, she meets some amazingly strong and loving women who show her what a real family is about.The Secret Life of Bees is a well written story that flows seamlessly The characters are people who charm their way into your heart with their quir [...]

    26. Nikki on said:

      One of my favorites I didn t want to put it away and was sad when it was over.

    27. Rebecca Foster on said:

      It s hard to believe that it was 15 years ago that this debut novel was an It book, and harder to believe that I d never managed to get around to it until now However, in some ways it felt familiar because I d read a fair bit of background via Kidd s chapter in Why We Write about Ourselves and Traveling with Pomegranates, in which she and her daughter explored the Black Madonna tradition in Europe.This novel represents the joining of fairly unusual elements you wouldn t expect to find in fiction [...]

    28. Will Byrnes on said:

      This is a lovely tale In reading it is easy to imagine an A list director seizing on the ample imagery to the crescendos of a John Williams orchestration It tells of Lily, a South Carolina 14 year old She lives, unhappily, with her crusty father T Ray and Rosaleen, the woman who raised her after her mother died when Lily was 4 It is a coming of age tale set against the civil rights issues of the early 60 s It is certainly no coincidence that Lily as in white spends most of the book in the compan [...]

    29. Larry Bassett on said:

      This is a book that just about every woman and quite a few men has read So it is my turn As is often the case when I am coming late to a best seller, I really don t know much about the book other than it is a must read The first allusion is to bees swarming and death We have the maternal black woman substituting for the dead white mother caring for the plain young girl with a much to be desired father The young girl, Lily, has an imagination from the get go I used to have daydreams in which she [...]

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