The Honey Bus: A Memoir of Loss, Courage and a Girl Saved by Bees (Paperback)

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Brimming with amazing detail about bees, The Honey Bus is the touching story of a girl brimming with hurt and determination.  She has been abandoned by divorce and a very sick mother and sent to Big Sur into the waiting arms of an eccentric, beekeeping grandfather who will devote himself to saving this child.  In an interview the author says that she was raised by bees, but this grandfather is the quiet hero here with the buzzing of the bees often just background music.  I keep coming back to this book; it gives me such grace and hope.

— Dana


An unforgettable story about finding home in the most unusual of places, and how a tiny, little-understood insect could save a life.

Meredith May recalls the first time a honeybee crawled on her arm. She was five years old, her parents had recently split and suddenly she found herself in the care of her grandfather, an eccentric beekeeper who made honey in a rusty old military bus in the yard. That first close encounter was at once terrifying and exhilarating for May. Everything she needed to know about life and family was right before her eyes, in the secret world of bees.

May turned to her grandfather and the art of beekeeping as an escape from her troubled reality. The bees became a guiding force in May's life, teaching her about family and survival, and it was during this pivotal time in May's childhood that she learned to take care of herself. Part family story, part beekeeping odyssey, The Honey Bus is a rich and lyrical memoir of a girl who journeyed into the hive--and found herself.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780778309758
ISBN-10: 0778309754
Publisher: Park Row
Publication Date: March 17th, 2020
Pages: 336
Language: English