The Secret Life of Bees

The Secret Life of Bees - Sue Monk Kidd Loved this! I was skeptical about this book at first as I thought it was going to be some kind of new age woman power book, but I'm glad I was so wrong. This book covers many interesting topics: women in the sixties, the Civil Rights movement, mother-daughter relationships, death of a parent, child abuse, friendship, sisterhood, and I learned some cool things about bees I never knew. The author was able to cover all these topics by simply telling a story about a girl growing up in the midst of all this.
I fell in love with the Kidd's characters, especially Lily. Her feelings in coming to terms with her mother's life and death was heartbreaking, yet real, not over the top, yet not sugar-coated either.
You know you've read a good book when you feel like you will take a little piece of the characters with you, and I have a feeling I will often think of the Lily and the Boatwright sisters.