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The Secret Life of Bees


A fabulous coming-of-age debut novel which has sold over 5 million copies worldwide and has now been made into a stunning feature film Lily has ... Show synopsis

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  • Surprising twists and turns in the theme. May 19, 2014
    by Gloria W

    There is a sad beginning to this story, the father is abusing his 14 yr. old daughter. His anger forces the girl to run away from home and into a new life. She begins to heal and build a safe life with a household of beekeepers. It is a book that was hard to put down.

  • Secret life of Bees Nov 8, 2012
    by Malcolm J

    Great story, very well written. Loved it, and sorry when I reached the end. Would take this book with me if I was stranded on a desert island.

  • Feb 2, 2012
    by Reinhold K

    Still have not received this book ordered it over a month ago have contacted the company that was supposedly shipping it but they have never re-contacted us. We have emailed them and asked them to resend the book or at least call us and talk to us and we have gotten nothing from them. To say the least I am not happy with this Company's lack of communication. If there is something you can do to resolve this I would certainly appreciate it

    Carl King
    owner Wall2 Wall Words Milam Street Coffee shop

  • Nothing like the flick Dec 3, 2011
    by helper

    Sprinkled throughout this novel just when I am feeling that I am following a child's foolish fantasy is Sue Monk Kidd's description of scent and the memory it evokes for Lily. For example, upon recognizing her mother's scent on a fifth-grade teacher, who tells her it is Ponds Cold Cream, Lily is "shocked." But she is not upset by learning the source of the smell, or because the teacher donns it; her reaction is caused by the scent itself. For if the author wished to convey that the teacher shocked Lily, the word "shocked" would have been placed away from the word "scent" and nearer to the word "teacher." Instead, we read,

    It was a shock when I came upon the scent [of my mother] on my fifth-grade teacher, who said it was nothing but plain ordinary Ponds Cold Cream.

    This sentence structure conveys the feeling that scent evokes for the character, Lily. And that feeling is portrayed with a word derived from the French word choc, indicating an armed encounter, as in battle. Lily associates this lasting memory with her own inner struggle.

    This technique is what carried me all the way through The Secret Life of Bees to the end.

  • Secret Life of Bees Jul 14, 2011
    by ModelAEraLady

    Arrived in good condition and on time. This was an excellent read. Good depiction of life in the South.

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