Reading List: Feb 2014

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The Secret Life of BeesΒ by Sue Monk Kidd

Secret Life of Bees

I actually read this while I was away in Fiji (yes, yes, that was October) and it was such a good read. Set in 1960’s small town, America in the deep south around the time of the Civil Rights Movement. It’s set around the life of a girl, Lily who grew up on a poor farm and lost her Mother as a toddler in an accident, her Father isn’t exactly the maternal type and she runs away with the black housekeeper to see if she can find out more about her Mother; all she has to go by is a label from a honey jar, picturing the Black Madonna.

There are many themes in this book, but the main story is based around mother/daughter relationships. I really enjoyed it and liked the way it was written, definitely an easy read for when you feel like something a little different.

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2 Comments on Reading List: Feb 2014

  1. adela whiting
    February 8, 2014 at 11:13 pm (2 years ago)

    I have just finished reading “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett, set at the same time in the same area. Have you read it? It is a very emotive,instructive book, written by someone who lived there & experienced much of what she wrote about.

    • Jessica
      February 9, 2014 at 11:34 am (2 years ago)

      I tried to read The Help but it was just such hard work, I found the made up words to create accents made it very difficult to read, I gave up after a few chapters! I enjoyed this book as the race relations were more an undertone than the full focus of the book, the female relationships are what I found made this enjoyable for me.


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