Sunday, October 5, 2008

The Secret Life of Bees

"It takes honeybee workers ten million foraging trips to gather enough nectar to make one pound of honey."
~Bees of the World, The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd

Each chapter of The Secret Life of Bees begins with a quote about bees, a tidbit of information about these humming, hovering honey-makers. I loved this NY Times bestseller--it's warm, radiant, and one-of-a-kind--and when I read it a couple of years ago, couldn't help but think that it would make a great movie. Judging from the movie trailer, it will be. It's coming to theaters on Oct. 17 and stars Queen Latifah (who better to play the queen bee?), Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, and others. Set in South Carolina in 1964, the film is the story of Lily Owens, a 14 year-old girl haunted by the memory of her late mother, who comes to live with May, June, and August, a trio of beekeeping sisters. I can't wait to see it.

I'm still reading The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks and will post about it soon. Last night, I had another dose of Sparks, in the form of the movie, The Notebook, which was shown on TV on ABC Family.


  1. I read this book years ago, and am anxiously awaiting to see the movie! I can't remember a lot of details from the book, but what I do remember is... good, well written, and I wanted more!

  2. I too enjoyed this book. My copy included some of Sue Monk Kidd's methods for developing the story. After reading about her methods I began to see how fiction is written and began to contemplate possibly writing fiction myself. (But, alas, no fiction written yet.) Last, but not least, I decorate my kitchen with bee items, and my husband just began raising bees this spring. So of course I love this book!

  3. The book's fabulous and I expect the movie to be the same. I'm going to rush out to see it!

    Eriko and Christie, thanks for your comments!


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