If you've never read The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd, now is the perfect time to do so.  Why?  Because September is National Honey Month, in honor of the U S's 212,000 beekeepers and 2.41 million colonies of honeybees.    

Set in South Carolina, The Secret Life of Bees is the story of Lily Owens, an adolescent girl who decides to leave an abusive home and run away with her beloved housekeeper Rosaleen, after the nanny is beaten for defending her right to vote.  Kidd's book is a satisfying and uplifting tale, filled with rich characters and lessons about the healing power of love.  The Secret Life of Bees, originally published in 2002, spent over two years on The New York Times best seller list. 

You can meet Sue Monk Kidd and her daughter Ann Kidd Taylor on September 14th, at 7pm.  Kidd will be signing and discussing her new book, Traveling With Pomegranates: A Mother-Daughter Story.  More information about this event is available through The Blue Willow Bookshop.

photo courtesy of Colin Purrington