The Secret Life of Bees

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  • Post last modified:September 10, 2020

"Set in South Carolina during the tumultuous summer of 1964, The Secret Life of Bees also ushered young Lily Owens, a girl transformed by the power and divinity of the female spirit, into the canon of modern-day heroines. Lily and her fierce-hearted black stand-in mother escape the racism of their hometown and find refuge with an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, whose world of bees, honey, and the Black Madonna is mesmerizing.” Available in print, on audio CDs, and as an eBook.

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The Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong

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  • Post last modified:June 3, 2020

This is my all time favorite children’s book (recommended ages: 2nd grade to adult). Winner of the Newberry Prize in 1955, illustrated by Maurice Sendak, and so winsomely full of humor, suspense, character, and hope, that my 8 year old son and I could not put it down (although, at times, he had to hide under the covers because of the dramatic suspense). The storyline sounds improbably simple and boring (it is emphatically NEITHER); Amazon describes it like this: “Why do the storks no longer come to the little Dutch fishing village of Shora to nest? It was Lina, one of the six school children who first asked the question, and she…

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Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion: The Power of Boundless Compassion

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  • Post last modified:April 20, 2020

This is my favorite read of this year. Short, powerful, poetic, funny, and deeply moving, you can’t go wrong with this collection of essays by Gregory Boyle who has spent the better part of his life running a gang intervention program in L.A. These essays focus on our universal kinship and are “moving examples of the power of unconditional love in difficult times and the importance of fighting despair.”

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