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The Secret Life of Bees
The Secret Life of Bees
Author: Sue Monk Kidd
Sue Monk Kidd's ravishing debut novel has stolen the hearts of reviewers and readers alike with its strong, assured voice. 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 "stand-in mother,"...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780143114550
ISBN-10: 0143114557
Publication Date: 8/20/2008
Pages: 336
Rating:
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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4 stars, based on 300 ratings
Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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reviewed The Secret Life of Bees on + 48 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 40
A well written story of a teenager who leaves behind everything she has known in order to find out something about her mother's past. This is the type of story where the characters become your friends. You can't wait to read it and you hate to see the story end.
reviewed The Secret Life of Bees on + 12 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 22
I love, love, love this book. I usually don't even pick up a book about a mother/daughter relationship, but this one is different. Race relations in the South, beekeeping, abuse, first love - it's got it all! Complex, deep, powerful, and funny. A great choice!
reviewed The Secret Life of Bees on + 10 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 17
One of the finest books I have ever read. This is a coming-of-age story, a powerful testimony to the redeeming quality of friendship among women and a wonderful reminder how love can heal. This is a book that should not be missed by anyone who loves literature or just a good story. I highly recommend it!!
reviewed The Secret Life of Bees on + 8 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 17
This is a really good book and unusual. It is about a white child who runs away from a father who is overcome with grief from the lost of his wife and cannot relate to a child. The child breaks her nanny out of jail and they run away together to seek her mother's family. They wind up being taken in by a 3 black women who own there own honey business. One of them was a nanny years ago to the childs' mother. This is set about the time of the civil rights movement. There are several sub stories going on, and I have not to tell you all the action or themes. I hightly recommnend the book.
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Helpful Score: 13
I really enjoyed this book. I thought I had lost it, and was just going to reorder it when my friend came over to my house with it. It is so good, I had taken it everywhere with me ! It's about a mother and daughter's relationship. It can get extremely sad, so be forewarned. It was not only a good fiction book, but offered some good life lessons as well.
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reviewed The Secret Life of Bees on + 3 more book reviews
I bought this book for my niece and she gave it back to me to read and I loved it. I loved the characters and really got wrapped up in the story. I would recommend the book and will definitely return it to my niece.
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I liked it.
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Wow! I'm still impressed a week later. There isn't a woman alive who can't relate to one (or most likely, all) of the characters. An important reading to understand the South in the 1960's but more importantly to understand women of all ages, no matter their color or age.

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