When Lily's fierce-hearted "stand-in mother", Rosaleen, insults three of the town's fiercest 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.
©2003 Sue Monk Kidd; (P)2008 Penguin
I loved the book. It was sad but a great story. I listen to it while walking home from work and it was a great companion.
This is a great book. It is a wonderful story and I love the way the narrator reads it. The movie is really good, and I saw it first, but the book is so much better - as is usually the case.
Attorney & Artist
A poignant story of a young girl who finds herself born into a violent, abusive, rascist environment and has the strength, ingenuity and open-mindedness to fashion a beautiful new life for herself encouraged by the secret lives of the bees and their most excellent keepers. The effort was appreciated also as a cultural commentary, lest those of us living in this arguably post-racial society might not remember the hurt, pain and misunderstandings wrought by racism.
The story is well-constructed; the characters are well-developed -- I want to meet August Boatright -- and masterfully narrated. A very enjoyable listen.
I love a coming of age, heartwarming story, and this was a very nice one. Lily is a charming, strong willed character that I fell in love with instantly. She breaks away from the terrible life she is left with by her mother's death, and goes in search of her mother's past. It is a very enjoyable story, with some darkness, and humor to balance it nicely.
I recommend it, and bought it for my teenage nieces, who loved it!
Friendship, love, hope.
The Color Purple--different circumstances, but sharing the same theme about the value of compassion and friendship among women.
Can't choose from among so many fine moments. This book is rich with striking scenes.
Same problem--so many!
This is a keeper. I could listen to this narration over and over. The story is exceptional and the narrator was perfection.
Me? ....... Capable of many moods, and enjoying a vast range of literature. Incapable of uploading a picture and realized none of the Avatars are ......appropriate. That pretty much "tells" it all.
The Secret Life Of Bees is one of the best books to come along in awhile. I especially liked the time period and the descriptions of life through out the era of the story. I felt caught up in the story. I couldn't turn it off. Storyline was so interesting. Timing of events as you learned them was terrific. Each character was plumped out and you felt like you knew them well by the end of the book. Hated to see this end. The performance was perfect. Jenna did a wonderful read. Sue Monk Kidd a superb author. I highly recommend this book. Good for all ages.
I haven't read it in print but I can't imagine it could be better then Jenna Lamia reading it to me. I did enjoy the audio book better then the movie though.
August because I think she knew just who Lilly was and how much she needed August and her sisters right from the beginning.
I loved this book. Lilly's perspective gave you such a clear view of the time. I especially love how Lilly didn't see color like the other white people she had in her life before she found August and her sisters.
This was a great story about a young girl longing to be loved by her mother. I was truly captivated by the narrator - what a great job of bringing this story to life. Each person in the story could be pictured in my mind by the excellent voice portrayals. My heart ached for young Lily but brought smiles to my face as well as tears. The innocence of childhood is a precious thing. I would hightly recommend this book. It certainly will make my top 10 favorites list!
I loved this book and the narrator was wonderful. I know this is also a movie and I want to see it, but I'm glad I've listened to the book first. It did make me cry alot though.
Definitely recommend, but probably more of a female read.
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