Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Mt. Laurel Book Club Recap - The Secret Life of Bees

In this New York Times bestseller, a young girl's search for the truth about her mother leads her to three beekeeping sisters who take her into their mesmerizing world of bees and honey and of a mysterious Black Madonna. A novel about mothers and daughters and the women in our lives who become our true mothers. A story about the divine power of women and the transforming power of love.

The Mt. Laurel Book Club met on March 5th to discuss The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. The meeting was held at Saturday Gourmet in the Mt Laurel Town Center. (The Bread Pudding with Bananas Foster is a must -- crazy good and a HUGE portion!). We had mixed reviews of the novel. Most of us liked the book and would recommend it to a friend, but a few of us were put off by less believable attributes of the book. Having said that, everyone who attempted to read the book finished, so there was not a case of someone disliking it to an extreme degree. There were also a couple of us that found that we actually liked the movie better than the book, which is rare! The discussion covered different themes in the novel which included the strengths of each of the characters and the role of 'bees' in the overall themes. The book for April is Testimony by Anita Shreve and promises to promote a great discussion!

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