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The secret life of bees

by Kidd, Sue Monk.

Format: Large Print 2002
Availability: Available at 7 Libraries 8 of 9 copies
Available (8)
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Andrew Bayne Memorial Library Large Print LP Fic Kidd
Location  Andrew Bayne Memorial Library
Collection  Large Print
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Avalon Public Library Large Print LP FIC KID
Location  Avalon Public Library
Collection  Large Print
Call Number  LP FIC KID
Bethel Park Public Library Large Print LPKIDD SUE
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Collection  Large Print
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Brentwood Library Large Print LARGE PRINT Kidd
Location  Brentwood Library
Collection  Large Print
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CLP - Allegheny Regional Fiction FICTION Kidd, Su
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Collection  Fiction
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CLP - Library for the Blind Large Print Books FICTION Kidd, Su CL 7513
Location  CLP - Library for the Blind
Collection  Large Print Books
Call Number  FICTION Kidd, Su CL 7513
CLP - Library for the Blind Large Print Books FICTION Kidd, Su, CL 7513
Location  CLP - Library for the Blind
Collection  Large Print Books
Call Number  FICTION Kidd, Su, CL 7513
Northern Tier Regional Library Large Print LP FIC KIDD
Location  Northern Tier Regional Library
Collection  Large Print
Call Number  LP FIC KIDD
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Large Print Fiction CHECKED OUT
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Large Print Fiction
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Kidd's warm debut is set in the sixties, just after the civil rights bill has been passed. Fourteen-year-old Lily Owens is haunted by the accidental death of her mother 10 years earlier, which left her in the care of her brutal, angry father but also Rosaleen, a strong, proud black woman. After Rosaleen is thrown into jail for standing up to a trio of racists, Lily helps her escape from the hospital where she is being kept, and the two flee to Tiburon, a town Lily believes her mother had a connection to. A clue among her mother's possessions leads Lily to the Boatwright sisters, three black women who keep bees. They give Lily and Rosaleen the haven they need, but Lily remains haunted by her mother's death and her own involvement in it. Although she fears her father is looking for her, Lily manages to find solace among the strong women who surround her and, eventually, the truth about her mother that she has been seeking. An uplifting story. --Kristine Huntley"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Honey-sweet but never cloying, this debut by nonfiction author Kidd (The Dance of the Dissident Daughter) features a hive's worth of appealing female characters, an offbeat plot and a lovely style. It's 1964, the year of the Civil Rights Act, in Sylvan, S.C. Fourteen-year-old Lily is on the lam with motherly servant Rosaleen, fleeing both Lily's abusive father T. Ray and the police who battered Rosaleen for defending her new right to vote. Lily is also fleeing memories, particularly her jumbled recollection of how, as a frightened four-year-old, she accidentally shot and killed her mother during a fight with T. Ray. Among her mother's possessions, Lily finds a picture of a black Virgin Mary with "Tiburon, S.C." on the back so, blindly, she and Rosaleen head there. It turns out that the town is headquarters of Black Madonna Honey, produced by three middle-aged black sisters, August, June and May Boatwright. The "Calendar sisters" take in the fugitives, putting Lily to work in the honey house, where for the first time in years she's happy. But August, clearly the queen bee of the Boatwrights, keeps asking Lily searching questions. Faced with so ideally maternal a figure as August, most girls would babble uncontrollably. But Lily is a budding writer, desperate to connect yet fiercely protective of her secret interior life. Kidd's success at capturing the moody adolescent girl's voice makes her ambivalence comprehensible and charming. And it's deeply satisfying when August teaches Lily to "find the mother in (herself)" a soothing lesson that should charm female readers of all ages. (Jan. 28) Forecast: Blurbs from an impressive lineup of women writers Anita Shreve, Susan Isaacs, Ursula Hegi pitch this book straight at its intended readership. It's hard to say whether confusion with the similarly titled Bee Season will hurt or help sales, but a 10-city author tour should help distinguish Kidd. Film rights have been optioned and foreign rights sold in England and France. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Series Thorndike Press large print women's fiction series.
Subjects Teenage girls -- Fiction.
African American women -- Fiction.
Maternal deprivation -- Fiction.
Race relations -- Fiction.
Beekeepers -- Fiction.
Sisters -- Fiction.
Large type books.
South Carolina -- Fiction.
Publisher Waterville, Me. :Thorndike Press,2002
Language English
Description 464 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
ISBN 0786243066 (lg. print : hc)
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