The “Searching for June Cleaver” Reading List
I love books.
I’ve been an avid reader since I was a baby in an incubator at Good Samaritan Hospital. My mother read to me though the glass every day and I’m so thankful she did. She’s turned me into a life-long bibliophile.
Here’s a list of books I’ve enjoyed recently and that I’d recommend to my readers. I’ll update it periodically, especially when I’ve found a book I can’t put down. I also welcome suggestions from y’all.
I love the South. I love pink houses. I love bees and beekeeping. Therefore, it was obvious I would fall in love with author Sue Monk Kidd’s novel, “The Secret Life of Bees.” Published in 2002 and later adapted into a film starring Dakota Fanning, “The Secret Life of Bees” follows young Lilly Owens as she and her African-American nanny escape her abusive father during the summer of 1964. They find shelter in the mysterious town of Tiburon, South Carolina in a pink house shared by three African-American beekeeping sisters, August, June, and May. Not only does Lilly learn the art of beekeeping, she discovers the secrets of her past. Sue Monk Kidd wonderfully weaves the science of bees and beekeeping throughout this story filled with unforgettable characters and Southern scenery, set against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement.