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An Amazon Best Book of April 2019: When Paul Simon sang that “every generation throws a hero up the pop charts,” he could just as easily have been talking about memoirs. From The Liar’s Club to Angela’s Ashes to The Glass Castle, and from there to 2018’s Educated, every generation has been rocked by the recollections of those who were dealt a rotten hand in the parental poker game. And readers don’t even need to be in that club to appreciate the genre: the grateful relief of thinking “there but for the grace of God go I” is as visceral as thinking “me too.” For too many of these memoirists, salvation lay on the far shore of adulthood. What sets The Honey Bus apart from the rest of the genre then, is that it is simultaneously a story of survival and salvation. Meredith May’s father abandoned her, her little brother, and their mother fairly early on, and her mother retreated into a fug of mental illness, rage, and despair. Taken into the care of her maternal grandparents Meredith forged an unbreakable bond with her grandfather, who taught her about community, loyalty, and survival by way of his favorite pastime, making honey in a rusty old military bus parked in the yard of their Big Sur home. This touching memoir celebrates family, the lessons we can learn from nature, a marvelous little insect, and those heroic grandparents who, even when things fall apart, ensure the center can hold. --Vannessa Cronin

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“A moving memoir… A fascinating and hopeful book of family, bees, and how ‘even when [children] are overwhelmed with despair, nature has special ways to keep them safe.’” —Kirkus Reviews

“[A] sharply visceral memoir.” —Booklist

“Powerful… Moving and thoughtful.” —Publishers Weekly

“Filled with hope, grace, beauty, and wisdom, this book is like warm honey in the sunshine. It beautifully illustrates how nature - even honeybees - can teach and heal us, if only we open our minds and hearts. It's the kind of book that stays with you long after you've finished it—a rare treasure—and you don't have to be a bee lover to be deeply moved by May’s wonderful story. I'm recommending it to everyone I know." —Stacey O’Brien, New York Times bestselling author of Wesley the Owl

"Captivating and surprising.... If you've ever been stung by a bee you will instantly forget the venom and remember forever the sweetness and redemption bees offer in this extraordinary book." —Sy Montgomery, New York Times bestselling author of How To Be A Good Creature and The Soul of an Octopus

"If Meredith May's book was simply an ethology of bees I would devour every word; her prose is tender, thoughtful and transporting. But The Honey Bus is so much more - a memoir of aching loneliness, reckoning and redemption. Beautiful and brave." —Domenica Ruta, New York Times bestselling author of With or Without You: A Memoir

“The wounded feminine, the missing masculine, healed by a relationship with honeybees. An innocent child’s hard won journey to adulthood--clear eyed, often very funny, and agonizingly compassionate. The Honey Bus is all these things and more--so if you’ve ever been a lonely child, or want the world to become a kinder place, here is your book.” —Laline Paull, author of The Bees

"The Honey Bus is a rare treat for true storytelling deeply rooted in science. Everyone will leave this book with much more knowledge about bees and humanity, and the compassion that lives at the intersection of the two. [A] captivating coming of age family story." —Noah Wilson-Rich, Ph.D., author of The Bee: A Natural History

"To read about Meredith May's bee family and her human family is to garner heart strength. A true story in every sense." —Maxine Hong Kingston, bestselling author of The Woman Warrior

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  • File Size: 19025 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0263936988
  • Publisher: Park Row; Original edition (April 2, 2019)
  • Publication Date: April 2, 2019
  • Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07CHP7TVZ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,117 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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