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Wednesday, September 03, 2003
Book Review: The Secret Life Of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd 

Title: The Secret Life Of Bees
Author: Sue Monk Kidd
Rating: 7.5/10
Genre: Fiction
This story is about 14 year old Lily, who's on a journey to find out about her dead mother that she killed accidentally in a freak accident when she was three.

Raised by her big black Negro nanny Rosaleen and not much from her absent father, she yearns to be taught how to tweeze her eyebrows, cross her legs, and not go for classes with clothes made in home ed classes because her father, T Ray, simply doesn't care. One day Rosaleen manages to insult a group of racists in town, gets jailed, hospitalized, and Lily rescues her and runs away from her abusive unloving father. With some clues from her mother's belongings, they then find refuge with three black bee-keeping sisters, May, June, and August, who produces Tiburon's best honey, 'The Black Madonna'.

Here in the Pink House, she learns more about beekeeping, about honey, about life, about being the only white in a house of four black women with a whacked up but comforting religion of the Black Madonna, forming strong bonds with them, and finds love with a young black man - Zach, and discovers more about her mother than she could ever imagine.

A wonderful story about bees, honey, skin color, and a girl's yearning for her mother.

graceshu  # 8:04 PM
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