28 November 2011

Giveaway: Special Edition of The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

It's hard to believe that it has been ten years since Penguin published Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret Life of Bees. The novel was one of my top reads in 2002.

In case you haven't yet read this award-winning book, here's the publisher's summary:

Sue Monk Kidd's ravishing debut novel has stolen the hearts of reviewers and readers alike with its strong, assured voice. Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. When Lily's fierce-hearted "stand-in mother," Rosaleen, insults three of the town's fiercest racists, Lily decides they should both escape to Tiburon, South Carolina—a town that holds the secret to her mother's past. There they are taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters who introduce Lily to a mesmerizing world of bees, honey, and the Black Madonna who presides over their household. This is a remarkable story about divine female power and the transforming power of love—a story that women will share and pass on to their daughters for years to come.
There is so much to love about The Secret Life of Bees, including the authentic characters, the southern setting, and the deeper issues it addresses (race, religion, parenthood). Although often considered a woman's book, the novel has universal appeal.

Kidd's debut has been a book club favorite for a decade and would be terrific for mother-daughter groups and teen readers as well. To help with your discussion, Penguin has published a reading guide and a Q&A with Kidd. Here's a little-known fact about the book: Pamela Dorman (of Pamela Dorman Books) is responsible for bringing the novel to print.

Giveaway: I am thrilled to be able offer a beautiful, boxed anniversary edition of The Secret Life of Bees (shown above) to one of my readers. Because I will not be doing the mailing, this giveaway is open to only those with a United States or Canada mailing address. Even if you've read the book multiple times (like I have), you'll want a copy of the anniversary edition. To enter, simply fill out the form. I'll choose a winner via random number generator on December 6.

Good luck!


Tanya Patrice 11/28/11, 6:50 AM  

Thanks for such an awesome giveaway!

Tanya Patrice 11/28/11, 6:50 AM  

Thanks for such an awesome giveaway!

Carine 11/28/11, 8:59 AM  

Thanks for the great giveaway! I have never read this book so I'd really like to win :-)

Daryl 11/28/11, 12:17 PM  

I loved that book .. if I win its getting gifted to my friend's daughter

Zibilee 11/28/11, 12:43 PM  

It was indeed a great book and the edition that you are so generously offering is just beautiful! Thanks!

Jim S.,  11/28/11, 1:54 PM  

My wife read this book and loved it
so much that she passed it on to a friend to read. It went on to another and another and another and
was in rather sad shape when it finally returned. She would be so delighted to have this wonderful
edition. Thank you for the opportunity to enter this giveaway.

Peppermint Ph.D. 11/28/11, 7:59 PM  

I've never read this...I tried to listen to Monk Kidd's Traveling with Pomegrantes and couldn't finish it. She talked a lot about writing parts of this book so maybe if I actually read the Bees book, Travleing will make more sense?

Anita 11/28/11, 8:00 PM  

It's hard to believe I never read this book. What a beautiful give a way.

Rachel 11/29/11, 12:47 AM  

What a great giveaway - I love that book!

Leslie 11/29/11, 2:04 AM  

Very nice giveaway. I'm one of the few that haven't read this book yet.

Serena 11/29/11, 5:11 AM  

What a great giveaway. I like the picture you included of the anniversary edition...it looks gorgeous. I haven't read this one yet...though I have seen the movie.

kaye 11/29/11, 3:53 PM  

simply gorgeous. If I don't win I think I will have to buy it.

Amy 11/29/11, 4:13 PM  

Holy cow, 10 years already?! I feel sooo old! But I loved this book, I thought it was such a great story with some truly wonderful characters.

Thank you for hosting such a great giveaway!
(Now, if I win do I keep it or give it as a Christmas gift in the spirit of the season? ack! Hee, hee!)

Beth(bookaholicmom) 11/29/11, 7:49 PM  

!0 years! How time flies! Such a beautiful edition! Thank for offering as a giveaway!

Susan Audrey 11/30/11, 9:05 PM  

This is one of just a handful of books that I remember clearly and fondly even after a decade! Thank you for offering a chance to win this very nice edition.

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