The Secret Life of Bees

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The Secret Life of Bees
336 pages; Penguin Books

Because three awesome beekeepers taught us about the value of mothering ourselves.

In 1964, 14-year-old Lily, who is white, and family housekeeper Rosaleen, who is black, flee an abusive home and racist police. Together they find refuge in Tiburon, South Carolina—a town that holds a key to Lily's late mother's past—where they live with three black sisters who are beekeepers. With its "hive" of great characters and its uplifting message of self-empowerment, Bees was the novel for mothers and daughters of all ages to share.
— Dawn Raffel